Shouldn’t we have empathy for Addicts? I should have empathy for them but sometimes I can’t find it in me. I have known enough of them in family, friends and patients to say the hell with them. But then on the other hand they are people too. Many addicts are cunning, creative and manipulative liars. Its staggering to see the level of creative deception that some will do to get money. Mind boggling what lies, some will create to play out a kind person who is trying to help them. They should be playwrights in theatrical dramas or Who Done Its or Mystery Novels. Its hard to believe that someone using drugs with all their disorganized thought processes, can come up with the fantastic creative well prepared lies!
Have I been played out by an Addict?
The answer is YES, I HAVE. My ex girlfriend stole all my family air looms; jewelry, watches, precious gems and furs which totaled in over $100,000.00 loss if we were going to replace these. She even stole my 7 year old daughter’s jewelry and her Civil War Silver Dollars. She carefully and slowly over time methodically scraped us thin. To make a long story short, she was caught and confessed. Then was charged and pled guilty to take a lesser plea bargain agreement. Then I heard she had violated her probation to have more years tacked on. We never got the stolen items back because it was all pawned. The pawn broker who was found through a private detective had immediately gotten rid of the loot that he knew was stolen, and converted goods for cash. So NO I don’t have as much empathy for addicts, as I should. I don’t hate on them either. Because not all of them steal. But they do all lie and will turn your life into a living hell.
The ones who want to get clean and sober, do so.
Shouldn’t we have empathy for Addicts? The others, who get clean and some relapse, but I don’t know what the percentage is for those addicts who get off drugs versus staying off. Some statistics state that within the first year 40 to 60% of addicts relapse. The study compared itself diabetics who relapse using sugar products. I don’t think addiction relapse is quite the same as a diabetic eating milk chocolate. I have not seen to many diabetics turning tricks prostituting to get that Hershey Chocolate bar. I have not seen to many diabetics stealing goods to get money for the Hershey Bar.
Addiction is not a disease
Shouldn’t we have empathy for Addicts? In fact, I don’t see addiction as a disease period and point blank. How can so many people have a disease? I think addiction can lead to disease, but in itself is not a disease. Government wants to call it a disease to justify all the millions of dollars issued for Federal Grants. The detox and rehabs need addiction classified as a disease so that insurances and Medicaid can be billed for rendering treatment. Addicts lie, manipulate, commit crimes of assault, burglary, child abuse, robbery, motor vehicle theft, shoplifting, prostituting. How can these behaviors of addiction be called a disease?
I have concluded that many Drug detox and rehabs aren’t successful. I base this on my personal field experience during graduate school. I did a one year nursing case management project in Camden, New Jersey. I case managed 68 homeless addicts living in a “Tent City”. I sought to help them get services from providers for dental, medical, mental health and substance abuse. Two thirds of this population volunteered that they had been detox and rehab multiple times. I understand that I lack evidence to support my statement so let it go at that. The detox and rehabs costs a lot of money but fail to keep a lot those who attend treatment off drugs.
According to the Bureau of Justice more than 18% of those in state prisons and 17% incarcerated in federal prisons committed their crimes to get money for drugs. In addition to this 26% of violent crimes were committed by someone who was using drugs or alcohol at the time they committed the crime.
Crimes like robbery, theft, fraud, and even rape and murder are committed (in a large percentage) but those under the influence of drugs.
I don’t think that addicts turning to crime to fuel their habiits is anything particularly new. I do think that law enforcement is now paying attention to possible addiction as a motivator behind why a person commits a crime. I don’t still don’t see how addiction can be classified as a disease?