Most of the common addiction treatment are based on from one test that was conducted decades ago.
New findings and some common observation do not necessarily agree with the published findings.
In this article, we are going to give you that idea that what we know about addiction could be wrong.
As always, our disclaimer – before you try to attempt any kind of self-addiction treatment, we highly suggest that you first consult with a professional. What you are mainly looking for is a professional opinion, which could then help you greatly with your addiction battles.
Now that we have covered that, let’s get back to the topic at hand.
What We Know
Decades ago, some scientist conducted a critical study that formed the basis of most of the today’s addiction treatment. It goes something like this…
Scientist placed a mice in a box. The mice had access to two water bottles. One bottle contains regular water, and the other bottle contains heroin-laced water.
The mice would choose the heroin-laced water almost all the time until it dies of an overdose. This is where the conclusion that state drugs have “hooks” which makes people start abusing. Then another study shows drastic results.
In the 70’s, another study was done which modified the original test. The mice still have access to two kinds of a water bottle, but this time, the cage contained a lot of fun things, like mice wheels, colored objects and stuff like that. Also, the mice was not alone this time. The mice were with another mouse. It’s like a rat family in a rat park. The result was very drastic from the original test.
In this test, the mouse chose the regular bottle and the heroin-laced water bottle was barely touched. A new idea was born.
Researchers are starting to formulate the idea that if subjects were exposed to other people and with plenty of stimuli, people won’t get addicted. However, the test was mainly ignored basing on the premise that what happens with rats may not happen with people. Until this real-life test was done.
Portugal had one of the worst drug problems in the world. It was so problematic that the leaders contacted the top researchers on addiction to creating a better solution. The old solution, which involved publishing, shaming, and condemning addicts, was not working for them.
The scientist and researchers came back with a solution that seems counterproductive. They suggested that they should decriminalize all drugs, and take it as a public health issue. Furthermore, all the money that was spent on the war on drugs was channeled to helping addicts get back to life.
For example, after rehabilitation, the government will help pay fo the salary of ex-addicts if you are a business owner. Also, a drug conviction record is non-existent in Portugal. So what’s the verdict after years of decriminalization?
To this day, drug use has been steadily declining in Portugal. The number of overdose deaths per million is one of the smallest in the world. Drug-related problems are declining across the board. Shocking?
The Possible Solution
Researchers suggest that people have this innate need for connection. Like rats, if a person cannot form a meaningful connection with other people and don’t have enough to stimulus, they usually turn to drugs to give them a sense of relief.
If all this shaming, condemning and punishing for drug user will only widen that need for human connection and stimulus, are we really helping solve the problem? Or, are we making it worst?
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