Addiction entrepreneurs and the development of the recovery industry.
We are witnessing the development of the recovery industry in real time. Addiction entrepreneurs sell co dependence to unwitting addicts and academics thriving for credentials to bolster their validity and worth. It’s as much of a myth as the old adage, “it takes an addict to help an addict.
Even more tragic is that being an addict is becoming a component of the academic curriculum. This realization moves recovery further away from its origins in psychology and creates a whole new genre of pseudoscience surrounding the mental health origins of addiction.
Addiction is not a disease, it’s a symptom.
The current buzz in the addiction hustle is “opioid addiction”. This narrative is co dependent in its origins and may result in billions of dollars distributed amongst academics, lawyers, and “recovery programs”. Addicts won’t see dollars, they’ll see an uptick in pseudoscientific faculties and staff. Another “12 steps” to failure.
It’s easy to see how entrepreneurs and addicts are excited about the possibilities of new found co dependent dollars, but where are all the psyche folks. We hear crickets chirping from the halls of psychiatric and psychological classrooms. Surely they see the violation of the cardinal rule of co dependence in this narrative. So what’s with the silence.
This model for civic action has probably reached further heights than any other in history. It’s the gay civil rights movement that wielded these tactics successfully, not for profit though, they were seeking to be understood and accepted. This is where the entrepreneurs have had success. Never state you believe you’re a minority or oppressed class, but attack as if you are. This is why at times their narrative sounds familiar.
As with the 12 step shuffle, some will get healthy, some will trudge along through life with a theme, and some will die. We’ll mourn and celebrate as we have in the past. All the while using or blaming addicts as our scapegoat for failing to state that addicts have mental health issues and addiction is a symptom of those issues. Then treat them accordingly.