Re: Steroid, Ecstasy Use Found Rising, Newsday 1/5/01. The article about the increase in use of certain drugs states, "MacCaffrey's report said curtailing illegal drug use requires an approach much like the fight against cancer-"prevention coupled with treatment accompanied by research.'" I'm afraid he's wrong here, and his mistake is symptomatic of the advice he's getting from addiction experts who view drug use and addictions this incorrect way and is the reason why we are making no headway in addictions. Human drug use and addiction, caused by a neurobiological mechanism and disease, is totally unlike cancer and other somatic diseases. That our country's experts as well as its people have this analogy wrong is the reason their policies are failing to curtail drug use and addiction. Somatic diseases never make their victims believe the disease is good for them. The peculiar quirk of the disease that causes addictions makes drug users unconsciously believe they are doing what's best for them because it originates from the same part of the brain from which all innate survival instincts arise. Addictions are symptoms of genetic alterations of the instinct regulating mechanism, the first known disease of this part of the brain. This is why the disease of addictions is unique and misinterpreted by everyone. The involved mechanism controls behaviors related to survival instincts and decisions. Many people use drugs and certain ones get addicted to them actually unconsciously believing their drug use behaviors are survival oriented. That addiction experts and governmental agencies have consistently misunderstood drug use and addictions over the years and have made policies and treatments fit these misunderstandings is why we have historically made no progress whatsoever in dealing with addictions. Until we appreciate the actual paradigm that explains drug use and addiction in humans we will continue to make the same mistakes and perpetuate the problems rather than solve them. If this reality isn't obvious by now, what reality could be?
Re: Awash in Ecstasy, Newsday, 1/14/01. This article has been done a thousand times in the past with other drugs and other addictions. The reason we keep seeing these repeat articles is that we are currently using the wrong scientific paradigm of addictions to explain them and devise policies in attempts to counteract them. Once and only when we begin using and teaching the correct neurobiological science behind addictors and addictions, will these issues become manageable and rational like any other real medical issue. Until then, well, this nonsense will continue, not just for illegal drugs but for legal drugs, prescription drugs and all the numerous behavioral addictions all caused by the same disease. The choice is yours whether to look into the real science behind addiction or to follow the outdated and invalid addiction paradigm of today that paradoxically, through its incorrectness, causes the problems it says it wants to stop. When we get the addiction paradigm right, all addiction issues will correctly and effectively fall into place. I'm available to teach it to you any time you want.
Re: Commish: Do Away With DARE But anti-drug program wins raves from many, Newsday, 1/25/01. This article is typical of the debate about useless and harmful anti-drug policies and programs that for 100 years haven't made a dent in addictions. Not only don't they prevent drug use and addiction, but they stigmatize and ostracize addicts and addicts-to-be, making it harder for them to admit their addictions; prolonging addictions and increasing their consequences. Only the correct paradigm of addictions, Hypoism, once acknowledged, accepted, and taught will have the effect on addictions and their consequences we are aiming at. The wrong addiction paradigm, the one we currently believe without critical thought, is causing the problems we're wrongly blaming on drugs and addicts. Get the paradigm right and everyting will fall into place. Keep the current one, all bad things will continue. I freely offer you and Nassau County the correct paradigm. Your choice.
Re: It's a Powerful Movie, but Awfully Tough to Watch, Newsday. 2/14/01
Hey Bill. So you're a recovering alcoholic in A.A., that's obvious, but what do you know about the disease that causes alcohol addiction and many other damaging symptoms? Yes, addictions, including your favorite nondisease alcoholism, are symptoms, not diseases. I hear your A.A. lingo. I've been in A.A. for 23 years myself. I know the quotes in your article on Requiem For A Dream are yours. Why hide it? You got one thing wrong in your review of the movie. It's not about addiction, it's about Hypoism, the brain disease that causes all those goofy behaviors in the movie including the addictions. Why not learn about the real disease and let your readers know about it? Your personal experiences in A.A. may be valid for you personally, but A.A. knows nothing about the disease that causes "alcoholism." Come on. It's 65 years old and was developed fortuitously by a great man who, nonetheless, knew nothing about the actual disease. A.A. is not for all hypoics, Hypoism is. Why insist all hypoics do and believe A.A.? This belief of yours perpetuates the ignorance about the true biological nature of all addictions and ensures more people suffer the consequences of addictions as those fictitious characters in the movie did. The movie is heat but no light. Spread some light Bill.
Re: Step Bolsters DARE Critics, Newsday, 2/20/01.
Current drug prevention programs are based on the premise that drug use and addiction is a conscious choice. That these programs don't reduce drug use and addiction, and haven't for the last 100 years, ought to make intelligent people question their premise, even though the premise seems so right and obvious. In fact, the premise is completely wrong, particularly for those kids and adult who are born with a particular neurobiology that makes drug use and addiction inevitable. All addiction research points to genetic neurotransmitter deficiencies working in an unconscious part of the brain, the limbic system, as the inevitable cause of drug use and addictions, including behavioral addictions, in those born with these deficient genetic alleles. Thus, drug use and addiction in this quite large subgroup of the population is inevitable, no matter what you teach in school about drugs. This is why prevention of addictions, the symptoms of the underlying genetic disease, doesn't work. On the other hand, if we take hints from other genetic diseases, we see that early diagnosis and early treatment (or more properly called recovery in the case of addictions because there is no "treatment" of the underlying disease causing addictions) is the only way to prevent down the road complications and symptoms of the genetic disease; in this case, addictions. To do this, we must first acknowledge that there is an underlying genetic disease that causes addictions. This step is the gigantic hurdle addiction experts and anti-drug warriors REFUSE to take, not for rational scientific reasons, but for reasons of bias and prejudicial beliefs. The science is all there, but they refuse to look at it. I've been telling newsday writers about this for many years, but they all so far have similarly refused to look at it as well. Thus, the public is not informed about the true nature of drug use and addiction and continues to back (the RWJ Foundation for example) inherently ineffective prevention programs, revised and otherwise. Unless you look into the genetic neurobiologically based cause of addiction that can't be changed or prevented and promote its recovery instead of its prevention, you will be co-conspirators of the current addict massacre. I have written a book, Hypoic's Handbook, the defines and describes such a genetic neurobiological paradigm that is in the midst of being proved by addictionologists who are actually trying to prove the "conscious choice" paradigm a paradigm 100 years old and demonstrably incorrect, but failing to do so. This is no way to prove a paradigm and it will delay for maybe another 100 years the inevitable acknowledgment of the Hypoism paradigm, to the detriment of addicts, their families, and society. Until then we will use ineffective and damaging prevention programs already disproved to deal with an issue that can't be prevented, perpetuating the damage done by the disease that causes drug use and addictions. It is for this reason that the DARE program must be stopped. But instead of replacing DARE with some other program based on the wrong paradigm, we must acknowledge the correct paradigm, teach the correct paradigm, change attitudes about addictions from conscious and immoral choice TO genetic neurobiological inexorability, destigmatize the disease, and HELP rather than coerce hypoics to enter recovery as early as possible as the only way to prevent later addictions. If Newsday continues to ignore the above suggestions, it will be seen as being as responsible for perpetuating and magnifying the consequences of drug use and addictions as drug pushers are. What do you have to lose except a dead paradigm by exploring Hypoism?
Re: CITY POWER Tell D.A.s to Uncuff Drug-Law Reform, Newsday, 2/23/01.
I agree with the policy changes the Lindesmith Center calls for, but for reasons based on the actual human neurobiology, the science, behind drug use and addiction, not mere opinion. Opinions, right and wrong, just polarize the drug issue while the science of drug use and addiction clarifies the issue and allows for objective and unemotional decision and policy making, something we sorely need in this area. The Lindesmith Center, like the Association of DA's, the NYS Legislature and the entire criminal justice system still uses a paradigm of drug use and addiction that is 100 years old and completely wrong. There exists today an ignored science based paradigm of drug use and addiction, Hypoism, based on current and accepted neurobiology, but only synthesized into a complete paradigm by me so far, that will straighten out this highly emotional, polarized, and biased debate when acknowledged, accepted, and utilized by all sides. Until then we will continue to suffer the well known and manifold consequences of using the wrong paradigm to make policy on drugs and addictions. I suggest Newsday objectively evaluates Hypoism and inform the public about it so that they won't delay any further the resolution of this ignorance based mess.
Re: Concern for Strawberry
Don't tell me you have concern for Strawberry, you don't. If you did, you would have shown some interest in learning about the true nature of addiction. Strawberry's difficulties with addiction are all due to the wrong understanding of addictions. He is a victim of a completely misunderstood disease as well as from the public policies derived therefrom. I've been attempting to enlighten you about the neurobiological realities of addiction, Hypoism, for some time now but these attempts have been completely ignored. There are millions of addicts suffering and dying on the streets of our country due to the lack of correct understanding of their disease. When will you show some real concern for all of them and their families?