The politics of pain

July 1, 1993

The politics of pain

By M.L. Simon

There is no such thing as addiction. What we call addiction is just self-medication for undiagnosed pain. I have written extensively on this subject. You can find a lot of it here: http://surrealist.org/prayforpeace/msimon.html.

The above goes into the science of my statements on the nature of addiction. What I would like to discuss are some of the policy implications.

I have been corresponding with John Avery, the director of Government Relations for NAADAC, National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counsellors, the nation’s largest organization of drug abuse and alcohol addiction counsellors in America. In addition, this organization is recommended by the UK government for those in need of addiction counselling as shown here: http://www.drugs.gov.uk/Links/National/K-Q/NAADAC.

This organization is looking at addiction in a whole new way. It sees the problem the same way I do: Addiction is a response to pain. Mr. Avery decries the fact that the general population and the government have yet to understand the change in understanding that is sweeping the addiction counselling industry.

What does this mean for politics? I think it means that the first political party to champion this new understanding is going to reap vast amounts of political credit because the American people are a compassionate people and will not tolerate the persecution of the sick and pain wracked. We know this because 80 percent of all Americans support medical marijuana despite the government is dead set against it. The fact that medical marijuana being promoted for pain relief and not cures underscores my position.

So I would say to all you political activists out there who understand and wish to champion this new idea: take it to your party and push it hard before your opposition clobbers you with it.

M. L. Simon is an industrial controls engineer for Space-Time Productions and a Free Market Green (c) M. Simon – All rights reserved. Permission granted for one time use in a single periodical publication. Permission also granted for concurrent publication on the periodical’s Web site.

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