“My Name is Inigo Montoya, You Killed My Father, Prepare to Die!” If you’ve seen the movie “the Princess Bride”, then you wouldn’t mind having “Inigo Montoya” (a fictional character from the movie who is an exceptional swordsman) on your side in the fight against heroin and addiction. But who will fight for those who can’t currently fight for themselves?
Drug and heroin addicts aren’t weak people. But the disease of addiction puts them in a weakened state. Many continue to say “forget about them, they’ve chosen this lifestyle”. If only it were that simple. The reality is, nobody chooses to become an addict and those who become addicts probably didn’t know or think they would become one. Instead, an individual decided to try heroin or other drugs “just one time”. Addicts in active addiction and recovery get a lot of slack for their poor choices – especially that initial one of engaging in an activity or using that mind-altering substance that led them to slavery of the mind. But the initial choice is not their disease. So who will fight for the heroin addict? We will! And here’s why…
Addicts Are Not Bad People – They Are Just Sick
Men and women suffering from addiction are not bad people. They are sick. This doesn’t absolve them of all responsibility but people need to understand that the man or woman they were before addiction has changed. This is due to literal and actual chemical and structural changes of the addicted brain. Actions and behaviors of drug addicts are largely the same and are characterized by powerful urges and perpetual drug use. Now the disease of addiction itself doesn’t force an individual to use drugs. That is still a choice. But the compulsion and urge is so unbelievably powerful that obtaining and using their drug of choice (DOC) feels like the only choice. Resisting the urge is possible but not probable, at least not without professional addiction help and treatment.
Anything that stands between an addict and their drug of choice is perceived as an obstacle that must be overcome at all cost. Until the compulsion is “temporarily” satisfied, an addict will have a very difficult time focusing on anything else. In a similar way (yet still uniquely distinct), the schizophrenic will have a hard time focusing on anything else when voices they’re hearing are talking to them. Addicts lie, cheat, manipulate and steal in order to satisfy and make the urge go away in a similar way a schizophrenic may commit a crime based on what the voice is telling them to do in hopes to make it stop.
Should Addicts Be Held Accountable For Their Actions?
Most people agree that heroin and drug addicts should be responsible and held accountable for their actions, but “how” to facilitate this is controversial and opinions vary greatly. Those who still haven’t accepted the AMA (American Medical Association) and the SAMHSA (Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration) declaration that addiction is a disease typically feel that addicts are simply making bad choices and should be punished for their actions. Those who support the disease model of addiction typically feel that addicts should be mandated/sent to addiction treatment rather than prison.
Kill The Heroin Epidemic Nationwide, Heroin News and the National Alliance of Addiction Treatment Centers support the disease model of addiction and feel strongly that men and women suffering from addiction in possession of illegal drugs should be mandated to treatment instead of prison. This community does however, support the notion that crimes that have hurt or caused damages to other individuals require restitution. It is our opinion that treatment should come first, followed by the necessary restitution. That said, this community does feel that a certain amount of leniency on the punishment (depending on the crime) should be considered for those crimes that were a direct result of attempting to overcome obstacles related to the compulsion of their disease.
Fighting For The Drug and Heroin Addict
So how can we stand up and fight for the drug and/or heroin addict who suffers from a disease they feel is out of their control? The Kill The Heroin Epidemic Nationwide community and network of websites raises awareness through articles, recovery stories, news related content, educational content, videos and more. We also help get addicts who are ready to get well into immediate treatment when we are contacted and encourage those in recovery to continue onward in their sobriety. It’s our hope that more and more people will understand addiction so that those suffering can get the help they need and the lawmakers will make changes so that it will become easier for them to do so.
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Written by William Charles, Owner / Publisher of Kill the Heroin Epidemic Nationwide™, Heroin News and the National Alliance of Addiction Treatment Centers (NAATC)
We are a community for recovering heroin addicts providing support and recommending the best treatments and clinics to people interested in conquering their addiction.
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