Sunday, February 13, 2011
Is it right to detain a drug addict against his will? Would you want a van full of men to come and grab a friend or family member and take them to a forceful rehab center? I think most people would want this if someone they truly loved were facing an addiction that was spiraling out of control. I agree with this video in many different ways.
I do wish the state had the right to intervene sometimes in people's lives. I know that I may have been on the path to recovery a lot quicker had something like this taken place for me. If an addict isn't causing any real harm or threat to himself or others what can be done?
No addict is going to want to go to rehab in general. Telling an addict that he/she has to now go away from the drugs that are filling in deep gaps between fissures in their personality is dreadful and gloomy news. I remember hating ever thinking that I was more than an arms length from a pile and drugs and alcohol at any time.
Like the video says (I love Dr. Drew, he is the real deal), most addicts do end up getting arrested by the state. They get locked up in prison, become forced to remain sober, and their treatment can at least begin a treatment program. Trust me however, you don't want to go to prison to have to start drug treatment (especially if you're going to be sick from withdraws).
It never came to this point in my life. I got help voluntarily after just getting fed up with the whole addiction cycle. I definitely would have wanted this though at particular stages in my addiction (in hindsight); it would have saved me a lot of time and a lot of sadness. I'm still struggling to fill voids in my life caused by drugs but I am very glad to be on the road to (hopefully) successful long-term recovery.
Would you detain a love one and send them to a rehab where they were chained down? Would you want the state to intervene for addicts? Leave me some comments if you can, I'd like to see how others feel about this.