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Monday, November 17, 2008

National Addictions Awareness Week presents an opportunity to rethink the addiction industry

The week of November 16th marks National Addictions Awareness Week.

A partnership between Alberta Health Services and the Alberta Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission (AHS-AADAC) is marking the occasion by promoting a public awareness campaign in Alberta with the theme “change is possible.”

While “change is possible,” mental health and addiction expert Dr. Thomas Szasz think “change” is exactly what is missing from Alberta’s approach to addiction.

In an interview with the Western Standard, Dr. Szasz said:

Cui bono? Who benefits? The aim of National Addictions Awareness Week, albeit unacknowledged, is to benefit the “addiction treatment” industry, a government sponsored racket. Addiction is a stigmatizing pseudo-medical “diagnosis”...a label, not a disease like breast cancer. “Addicts” possess free will to stop taking drugs.

Our so-called drug problem is a matter of individual liberty and personal responsibility. Instead, we treat it as a medical matter. So long as we do, we shall have more and more of the kinds of “drug problems” we now have.

Fifty-one AHS-AADAC offices throughout Alberta will be part of hosting events and staffing displays to better inform Albertans about substance-use issues. Activities and events will include wellness walks, resource fairs, school and community presentations, family swims and skating and a young adult video commercial contest to generate greater awareness about substance use issues.

The goal for the week is to encourage addicts struggling with alcohol, tobacco, other drugs or gambling to seek help.

Posted by Matthew Johnston

Posted by westernstandard on November 17, 2008 in Current Affairs | Permalink


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"The goal for the week is to encourage addicts struggling with alcohol, tobacco, other drugs or gambling to seek help"

Why ???. If people want help they will find it without the assistance of these professional busybodies.

Is there any week left that does not have some stupid cause attached to it ???.

Posted by: peterj | 2008-11-17 8:12:27 PM

Addiction week?
We thought addictions lasted an entire lifetime

Posted by: 419 | 2008-11-17 11:06:50 PM

419: their kind of logic insists that if the authorities stop enforcing drug laws, the problem will disappear. Absolutely ridiculous. They must be high to go for ideas like this. If the jails fill with druggies, I see it as a positive step. They're only hurting themselves.

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2008-11-17 11:25:33 PM

I agree that addiction is a life long issue. national exposure for one week hardly touches the impending issues. The first step in recovery is to honest with yourself and others. I have started a blog that I hope will provide an opportunity for individuals struggling with the devastating effects of destructive habitual behaviors to share their stories. Thank you! http://faceupaddict.blogspot.com/

Posted by: Faceupaddict | 2008-11-18 8:47:45 AM

PeterJ, I see no problem with help announcing its presence, saying, "We're ready for you when you're ready for us." Beyond that, though, you're right; even if they were forcibly rounded up and detoxed, many would end up right back on the stuff again unless THEY wanted to quit.

Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2008-11-18 9:40:14 AM

You are right again citizen Pike--

if the jackboots highway police would just ease up a little about their power trips trying to stop speeders " in denial," then road traffic would slow down. all on its own,, magically

-More evidence that the invisible hand that guides the marketplace also has an invisible foot that works the gas peddle

Posted by: 419 | 2008-11-18 10:34:10 AM

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