@ imsmarterthanyou, It's people like you who keep people from getting
the help they need. Talk therapy is but one form of therapy and for some people
is helpful. But there are so many different therapies now that are
scientifically studied and proven to work, from cognitive behavioral therapy to
EMDR, and beyond. I know that I would likely be dead if it had not been for
therapy teaching me new skills for handling my thoughts and emotions. Skills
that I didn't have because my parents didn't have them to teach to
me. So, where else would I go to learn them? Please don't continue to
spread misinformation and influence those who are desperate for help into
thinking there us no help for them, or that there is something wrong with
seeking help from those who are trained to give it.And for those that
struggle with depression and anxiety, please know that hundreds of thousands
have been through it and made it, including me. You can too. Getting help is
scary, but don't be afraid to ask someone to teach you what you never knew
you never knew to be able to heal. It is possible, and therapy does work. You
just have to find the therapy and therapist that works best with what you need.
Unfortunately, everything from the war on poverty to the war on drugs have
produced nothing but more misery and pain. Why? Government is not allowed to
actually promote reliance on God as a possible tool to end the misery and pain.
What you get is generational welfare recipients and a lot of anger directed
toward anybody that believes differently because they can trot out one success
as evidence that the program works. Give any man or women off the street the
trillions wasted, let them set some principles down and I'll show you an
exponential success rate. Oh, I forgot, that would mean utilizing principles
derived from the private sector, without government approval and secularization!
It was worth a try! This is a sad commentary on the failed systems of
government programs. Of course, they will just reconfigure and develop another
program to dump more millions into and manipulate the legislature to spend more.
Who goes without a voice? The very people that their 'good
intentions' supposedly wanted to help. That is the problem of government
'good intentions'. They are instituted by 'do-gooders' that
are looking for something to do with their time.
@Harrison Bergeron,Reduced sentences for drug possession are also a
libertarian (rather than strictly liberal or progressive) idea. The war on
drugs--criminalizing possession, brutal sentencing guidelines, militarized
policing, etc.--hasn't exactly been successful in reducing drug use or
crime associated with drugs. Cutting the costs to society of incarcerating users
by decriminalizing possession seems like a natural consequence of the war's
failure.@imsmarterthanyou,I really hope that nobody ever
comes to you for advice about mental health issues. Your opinion about the
efficacy of therapy is wrong and dangerous.
There is no such animal as a reformed druggie. He or she may stay off for a
time, but with the right occurrence, he or she will break and go back to old
habits! Alcohol is a lighter drug, but AA can tell you that once an alcoholic,
always an alcoholic! The reoccurrence is always just around the corner! So
called "hard" drug users will never be completely cured, and if he or
she doesn't know it, they will never be cured! My father quit smoking at
age forty five. Twenty years later discussing it with him he told me that when
he was in a room where others were smoking, he felt like begging for a
cigarette! There is no cure. You must have some sort of program to help you
overcome when resistance becomes weak! And you MUST admit your addiction and
plan for it's reoccurrence.
The problem with drug courts is they force the offender to go to therapy. The
government has bought into the psychologist/parasites false claim that they can
cure any problem by "talking about your feelings." What a load of
nonsense, to use a G rated term. Those parasite/therapists have about a 3%
success rate, yet the courts insist on forcing these people to waste their time
& money, and my tax dollar, on this never-ending sharing of feelings at
about $150 an hour. What a scam that is.
This is just more proof of the abysmal failure of the war on drugs. while
reducing the penalties to misdemeanors, Legitimate doctors are pressured not to
prescribe much needed narcotics to patients who truly need pain relief. Yet a
schedule 1 narcotic (pot) is made legal in half the states. this is absurd.
Not mentioned is the drug dealers. Are they ever arrested? Are they charged
with misdemeanors as well.???
@ samhillJust another in a long paraded of unintended consequence
when liberal/progressive ideas are actually put into practice. The
same thing would happen if we eliminated the death penalty. Nobody would ever
plead out for life in prison.
134,000 need treatment but only enough resources for 15,000. We are losing the
war on drugs. This article seemed directed at opiods, what about Crystal meth
or designer drugs. What do we go to surrender?
"But what few policymakers saw coming was that by removing the threat of a
felony conviction and a long stint in jail, the initiative inadvertently reduced
the incentive for offenders to choose to participate in drug court."==========Gosh! Who could possibly be blamed for supposing that
reducing the penalty would result in fewer people accepting the alternative of a
bothersome "drug court"??
Ah now,, wait a moment,,, The stats that I don't see here are the success
rates ,, both before, and after.450 before 300 after the law change.
But of those 450 did you have 200 long term successes? Vs after do you have
of the 300 perhaps 210 successes? Success would be someone who has stayed
clean, re-entered society. The felony may be an incentive to be in the program,,
but how many of those are sincere? How many just ducking a longer sentence?My thought would then be that the people who are motivated to seek help
are the same in either group, the 150 difference are just the people ducking the
longer sentence and are re-offending soon after. Which says,,,,, the people
to welcome into the group are not the multiply offending people,, but rather
those who have never offended. Those who truly want to scrape off this bad
behavior.Open the doors to the voluntary admittance addict who wants
to get clean. Turn the 210 into 310.