Opinion – How Can We Change the Public Discussion on Drug Addiction – Keremeosreview.Com – Ian Geddes

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Dr Alf is right, important insights on addiction need sharing with a wider audience. Addiction is on the increase.

I want to stress that addiction is an illness. I’m a subject expert. I am an addict/Alcoholic in recovery, i.e. clean for today and 9,000 days plus. In my experience, the perception of the addict has changed over the last 25 years. Today, it is much easier to ‘Admit’ ‘I’m addicted’ (as if I have a choice) than when I got clean. Newly sober, I had building insurances doubled, overdraft cancelled etc.

Alcoholism is a disease as recognized by the World Health Organization. There is no cure recovery in  abstention. Therefore, sadly I’m an addict, not ex-addict. It’s great to see people like Dr Alf opening up this discussion.

I am extremely lucky to have had expert full-time treatment, locked in a unit for three months and then love support from family and friends. The real misconception is normal people do not understand the addict mind – why should they? It is after all, my disease and my responsibility to keep clean. However, I needed those three months ‘locked-up’ to begin recovery.

There are some important takeaways for drug addiction. All addiction is a disease, including drugs. It’s impossible to combat addiction without professional help. In the case of drugs, there’s another debate about whether treatment should include substitute drugs. The bottom line is the addict must recognize that they’re an addict, even after they’re clean from symptoms.

Ian Geddes,


Opinion – Google Wants to Address the U.S. Depression Epidemic, Even Though the Internet Is a Common Cause – Newsweek

Newsweek reports that the tech giant, Google, is trying to encourage internet users to self-monitor their mental health.

Source: Google Wants to Address the U.S. Depression Epidemic, Even Though the Internet Is a Common Cause

This reminds me of the old saying that ‘a little knowledge is a dangerous thing’.

I tried the online test and it had me down as mildly depressed. The thing is context is important. Many of my answers were probably because of the Summer heat. I live in Cyprus in the Mediterranean, where summer day time temperatures are 30-40 degrees Celsius and I try not to use aircon.

Give it a try and form your own opinion. Here’s the link to further information on the test.