Crantag wrote:Rehab fails as many people, at least, as it helps.
I personally can't meld to it.
To me rehab is like having a boss who you are smarter than.
But, I don't want drug users to be in the criminal system, but I do understand both sides, and I don't want kids to be encouraged to use drugs.
But, it is more of a medical issue in my opinion.
And I lost 3 good friends, and I could cry about it.
I have other friends that I am hoping they can stay alive.
And I think this shit could be handled better.
And as a political point I think the American gulag system is awful.
Could it really be treated better?
Honestly, from the perspective of the afflicted person, it's not too different from having an incurable psychiatric condition like (say) schizophrenia. In both, depending on the severity of your condition, you can lose control of both your actions and your perception of reality, be it because your brain is playing you tricks or because of the effects of drugs (or withdrawal). In both, too, fully overcoming the condition is extremely hard at best, impossible at worst and in the latter you can at best hope to keep it in check.
So it's not surprising rehab often fails drug addicts just like psychiatric treatment often fails those with schizophrenia for plenty of reasons (lack of adherence, misdiagnosis, etc). Yet society still needs to deal with both somehow. It's certainly not an easy call.
And what would I know. One reason why I don't do weed or other harder drugs, only sticking to occasional drinking, is because schizophrenia runs in the family, and weed could trigger a disease - which I don't know if I have sleeping in my genes. And I have more distant relatives where treatment failed, with fatal results for bystanders - leading to this guy being locked up in a psychiatric hospital until his death several decades later. In both schizophrenia and drug addiction there are cases and cases, and some just can't truly be healed or dealt with by any other means but constant supervision if one wants to preserve the safety of third parties.