Not so glamorous
As much as it may be interesting or entertaining for a portion of our nation’s population to keep track of all the times that a famous star had checked into addiction rehab and then checked out only to return soon again, it is probably no big secret that people’s suffering is, in fact, not entertainment. At least, it’s not entertainment for good human beings. The fact that stars and socialites are often trapped in their addictions is only the manifestation of a much more serious reality – a national epidemic of substance abuse and addictions that is getting inadequate attention on the part of governments and the civil society.
Does addiction rehab even work?
Addiction rehab, if one takes away the “entertainment” component, is associated in the minds of many with recovery from alcohol, drug and other types of addiction. It has taken its nominal place as the scientific method of “curing” addicts and returning them to the world. Is that view of addiction rehab true? More and more specialists come to the conclusion that this view is unjustified and unsupported by hard facts. Treatment at an addiction rehab facility is not the same as and should not be equated to a person’s guaranteed recovery from their situation, nor does it in itself imply that the rehab patients are well-equipped to reintegrate into the society as its productive members.
Are there other methods?
And yet, this view has persistently remained in the forefront of many people’s minds when it comes to thinking about ways to resolve the problem of substance abuse in the United States and elsewhere. It is reinforced daily by the images of frail but smiling Oscar or Grammy nominees waving to their fans waiting for them to come out of the addiction rehabilitation institution’s doors. It is further set loose by the media denigrating “outdated”, “unproven”, “traditional” and “strange” alternatives to chemical and medication rehab. Only through the collective action of thousands of people, including current and former addicts, their family members, health care professionals and others, will it possible to turn this negative tide back and reclaim our society’s ability to solve this problem and strengthen ourselves through it.
A call to action
Importantly, few people are aware of viable and time-tested alternatives or supplements to chemical treatment in addiction rehab. The work of psychologists, social workers, families, self-help groups and others that has been shown to make a visible difference in the lives of addicts is virtually unknown outside of a small circle. Changing that is in our power. Large pharmaceutical companies and media and entertainment empires may disagree, but it is up to regular citizens that care about the situation to raise their voices and talk about the truth behind the alleged “glamour” and “fun” of addiction rehab in the world of celebrities. We need to have an open and fair discussion of ways that medicinal treatments are failing to help while doing nothing for social reintegration. Lives of people are at stake. Do your research and join the conversation.
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