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Finding new paths forward together!

 

AddictNoMore is grateful for what was another great year of seized opportunities of growth with our sisters and brothers in the regions of Niagara Ontario. Engaged on the front lines of ‘addiction’ and ‘poverty’ (aka disempowerment). We would like to pass on some observations.

WHAT THE PROBLEM SEEMS TO BE

Addiction is not a simple issue of ‘drugs’. Just as the criminal-justice approach has shown to only exacerbate the problem, a disease model concept in fact may only be further perpetuating and making a problem worse. It seems the same mechanisms of the construction of deviance are at play with both styles of addressing addiction. Whereas the justice systems punishes drug use with the label of ‘crime’ so the disease model punishes drug taking behaviour with the label/stigma of ‘disease/illness’. Both approaches are simply repressive enforcement of societal norms that actually have no ontological reality to begin with. AddictNoMore challenges the current trend of twitter and facebook parades of mental health style posts in regards to drug use – we maintain that the continued enforcement of the regime of repressive normalcy (to do with human behaviour) and undue socialization of economic, material, and political ideologies only makes problems worse. As Carl Jung wrote ‘dirt is matter in the wrong the place, and the more civilized we become the dirtier we get.” It is shameful when social services and good-will organizations both wittingly and unwittingly put forward and advance an oppressive narrative in the name of helping people.

Despite all of our best efforts the war against the suffering and disempowerment around substance use is being lost; it seems the losses are unimaginable. With hard drug use beginning as early as adolescence, young people with no family nor any support network at all are being forced to negotiate substance dependence in a harsh post-apocalyptical setting of an economically, socially, and spiritually ravaged Niagara Region.

THE ROOT OF IT ALL – DISEMPOWERMENT

AddictNoMore maintains the root of all problematic substance use is ‘disempowerment’. This is when a person finds themselves in a sort of need-state (either material, psychological, or spiritual depravation) but has no real viable means of growth/overcoming. This “absence of means” is today often systematic (with the break-down of the family as our reproductive technology, also economic and social justice issues, but also the failure of organized faiths and their people to deliver and teach transcendental values), but the “absence of means” can often be personal as well (in instances of trauma and abuse). Disempowerment is then perpetuated by the disempowered themselves, by people having already internalized social beliefs that are really oppressive narratives meant to substantiate a status quo world of injustice (a person then can become their own worst enemy). In all such examples however, the one constant is substances. In any case regardless of the differences, ‘drugs’ remain the easy and only available partner to our woes (either street drugs or pharma – and we challenge the thoughts about which are safer). Within our system of profit pursuits, eager capitalists (corporations, cartels) have made available at all levels of society (and at all levels of price) different substances that people can turn to instead of other people, or their own internal psychological resilient strengths and, or spiritual essence and guide.

A RATHER SIMPLE SOLUTION

AddictNoMore suggests the following means to immediately begin to take our people back!

1.Empowerment; via love (unconditional regard, non-judgement and forgiveness). Teaching that defaults are not a result of our individual biology, but a manifestation of blocked paths to growth.

2. Social Power; re-establishing communities that empower their members through horizontal (non-  professional, community based) guidance. Enabling communities through economic resources that include real access to education that is growth orientated. Assisting communities by putting expert knowledge in the hands of community members synonymous to ideas of community and liberation psychology.

3. Transcendental guidance; going beyond tolerance of different beliefs but encouraging people to reconnect with each their own life source and find in it their own heritage, tradition, culture, and truths which can lead the person to an internal state of otherness yet connection – a truly powerful way of being not unlike Maslow’s ideas of peak/plateau experiences and, or mystical experiences chronicled in the writings of Joseph Campbell.

A FINAL NOTE AND BEST WISHES

As we close 2017 we leave you with some pictures of good cooking and loving from our local youth shelter. We hope you all a greater and greater understanding for 2018; the idea that the greatest truths are only those that get better by growing.

God bless!

Robert.

 

AddictNoMore Chatroom; an anonymous forum to voice out, network and empower ourselves through community.

We thought to add an anonymous chat room for us all to use and network online. The link should be just below. So we may network with each other and offer support, information, encouragement. People can ask questions and or give answer to questions other are asking. Remember this is about unconditional love, empowerment and liberation. Maybe people can post comments about their own stories, offer tidbits of advice. Since this chat is anonymous this an opportunity for people to feel out conversations and questions maybe they would normally be hesitant to ask or talk about on other social forums. Lets say Friday’s at 3Pm as a time for a sort of virtual meeting, but feel free to chat anytime. To access the chatroom please click on chatroom found along the menu (the top right side of this page).