From the 1/15 Show – The Definition of Addiction and Abuse Has Evolved Since OxyContin

The radio show vacillates on the definition of addiction.  The prevalent thought promulgated by those on the “money train of drugs” is that “addiction is a disease”.  The definition opens up an economic avenue that potentially creates a lifetime customer who moves their dependency from the streets to the medical office.  In the medical office, the drugs of choice move from heroin, cocaine, and OxyContin to Suboxone, methadone, Adderall, Xanax, Prozac, etc.

A contrary thought diverges from the possibility that a person can make conscious choices which affects their behavior.  Many people do not have the disease of addiction because they have stopped the behavior that created the definition.

The answer lies somewhere in between for most people.

Prior to the introduction of OxyContin, addiction was viewed as a “progressive disease”.   A person didn’t develop the disease immediately.

“Abuse” was seldom emphasized and the “Legitimate Patient” had not been invented.  The “old” definition of addiction prior to OxyContin emphasized a progressive timeline that morphed from tolerance and dependence to addiction.

The “new” definition is that addiction and dependency are mutually exclusive.  The Legitimate Patient is dependent and remains a marketing tool until the timeline moves to addiction.  The separation of dependency and addiction remains a monetary windfall for the legal narcotic mavens.

Ironically, “abuse” creates scorn.  Abuse is a symptom of a disease that deserves compassion and the word has been successfully marketed negatively ad nauseam.   The reality is that abuse is a  possible symptom of addiction.

Masterful marketing has created “the abuser” as a terrible person.  Families live in shame when living with an abuser of substances.

I marvel that “abuse” is a choice and “addiction” is a disease.  The drug companies have been masterful at diabolically separating the two words.

The radio show uses the word “misuse” to signify the inappropriate distribution and use of a substance.

The next time you see the word “abuse” written it signifies an author who is either a friend of the drug companies or doesn’t understand the masterful marketing of legal narcotic distribution.

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3 Responses to From the 1/15 Show – The Definition of Addiction and Abuse Has Evolved Since OxyContin

  1. Steve Hayes says:

    It is interesting that many of the people that say drug or alcohol addiction is a disease are in the “business” of drugs or alcohol. They don’t just produce drugs or alcohol but also earn money “treating” it. Interesting to me is that many people just say that it is an incurable disease (AA) and others act like you will have it forever even if in remission.

    In truth, addiction is caused by many choices and by many problems the person is having physically and often emotionally. Only by handling the causes of addiction can a person truly be cured.


  2. Dr. Steve says:

    Larry courageously takes on the current distorted definition of addiction orchestrated by the opioid industry which artificially reduces the pain population with this disease and increases the volume of patients on opioids by considering the vast majority as “legitimate” pain patients. Confining the definition of addiction to behavioral characteristics only, such as drug craving and compulsive use despite harm, is just the tip of the iceberg [which often goes undetected] while many of the other brain-related effects of addiction such as mood, affective and cognitive dysfunction are missed. This is like limiting the definition of diabetes to only those patients with fasting blood sugars over 300 and ignoring all the rest. Furthermore, detecting drug “abuse or misuse” in a patient, a frequent consequence of addiction, allows the medical system to put the blame on the patient, while ignoring the fact that they may have actually become involuntarily addicted from an opioid prescription. In other words, as long as patients on chronic opioid therapy ‘behave’ and are not caught exhibiting drug craving or compulsive behavior, or abusing or misusing their drug while taking it “as prescribed,” they are considered a “legitimate” pain patient and opioid-dependent [but not addicted], regardless of their degree of dysfunction. As Larry has suggested, this deceptive definition mandates an entire rethinking of the entire spectrum of addiction, which, however, the opioid industry resists in the interest of opioid prescriptions and sales.

  3. Stephen says:

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