Addiction Perception – Then and Now
From the start of the 1900s we have demonized addiction. In the 1950s (just like now) heroin use was a hot topic. Clinicians at the thought of addicts as having its roots in neurosis and obsession referring to their problem as ‘weak ego functioning,’ ‘defective superego,’ and ‘inadequate masculine identification’. There was few and far between hospitals that were equipped at treating addiction. Out nations view of addiction was placed in videos like this:
It is now one hundred years since drugs were first banned. We all know and have stories about addiction. In about 70 years has much changed? According to the National Institute of Health, the past thirty years has increased the understanding of addiction. We now understand that addiction is a complex brain disease, and it can take a long time to repair. We also know that music is one of the best therapies for this.
With events like Unite to Face Addiction the culture is finally understanding that addiction is not a personality defect. Instead, it’s a disease that takes an entire lifetime to fight.
We still have a long way to go.
“I think that the power is the principle. The principle of moving forward, as though you have the confidence to move forward, eventually gives you confidence when you look back and see what you’ve done.” – Robert Downey Jr.
“I understood, through rehab, things about creating characters. I understood that creating whole people means knowing where we come from, how we can make a mistake and how we overcome things to make ourselves stronger.” – Samuel L. Jackson