Mittwoch, 5. Oktober 2011

Life experience versus expertise

Psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers are nowadays seen as experts in the field of drug treatment. And that is precisely why drug treatment mostly fails. The fact that sometimes it doesn't has rarely to do with the expertise of the experts, it has to do with a variety of factors beyond their influence: it might be because the sun is shining, it might be because it is raining, it might be because the addict is simply ready.

So why then is drug treatment in the hands of these experts? Because it gives them a job, and an income. And since what they do is not effective, their job comes with an excellent job guarantee.

What would then be effective? First of all, to see addiction as what it is: an unwillingness to deal with life on life's terms. And how does one become willing? By connecting with people who've suffered from the same problem, and who've managed to cope with the reality in front of them.

Differently put: what matters in drug treatment is reflected upon life experience and not expertise.

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