Friday, March 27, 2009

Treat addiction as a disease, MDs tell Victoria BC Government.

Barry Artiste Op/Ed


So Doctors seem to be so unclear on the concept of the meaning of disease.  I have so many problems with this Crap!  The term "Disease" is either Infectious or Non Infectious.  That is the medical term for Disease and no other.
No where is addiction, which is behavioural a disease.  MDs trying to change the term Disease to encompass every little ailment will open up a legal can of worms in the courts, resulting in everyone and their dog, pleading in front of a judge that their criminal actions was caused by a disease!  Of course MDs want lots and lots of taxpayers money to further this new Catchword of the Millenia, guaranting lots and lots of Research Grants and Pharmaceutical companies making oodles of money for themselves!


Can you imagine Rapists and Child Molesters pleading they have "Uncontrollable Urges and Addicted to Little Girls and Horny Disease"!


Murderers pleading they have an "Addiction to Blood Lust" disease in that they need to kill people!


Can you imagine Criminals pleading they have "Money Disease" and "We want your Stuff  Addictions"!


I say leave disease terminology in it's present form.  Gambling is not a Disease nor is Drug Addiction, it never came naturally or all of a sudden on people.  They chose it! They knew the Risks! To think they didn't know the difference otherwise leads me to believe perhaps they are Brain dead!


There is mental illness and behavioural issues brought on by accidents, disease or genetics. But when Normal healthy people with even a semblance of intelligence of a insect willingly put poison into their arms or body, or insaitable Greed drives them to gamble, after all Gamblers would not gamble if it were not for Paper Money!  I know of no Gamblers who would risk their life savings or kneecaps for a chance to score some Charmin Toilet Paper!


I say screw em, leave Disease as a term in its intention Infectious and Non Infectious, otherwise we open ourselves up to a legal mess of excuses our Nancy Courts and Laws are ill prepared to deal with!


One can be sure if this Disease Excuse was used in courts, Al qaeda's addiction to Box Cutters and Flying planes into Office towers killing thousands would be an attributed to being driven to have "Sex addiction" and "Martyr Syndrome" in order to get to some of them Virgins in Paradise.


Time to stop all this Fu*king "World Nancyism" and call a "Spade a Spade"!   


 





Treat Addiction as a Disease. MDs tell Victoria
B.C. doctors are calling for the provincial government to formally recognize addiction as a chronic disease — and provide public funding to deal with it.


The call comes in a report being released today by the B.C. Medical Association that says more than 400,000 British Columbians suffer from some form of addiction.


These people are struggling to get help when they need it, the report says, because of a lack of resources or the high cost of treatment. This in turn puts strains on emergency departments, workplaces and families.


“For many years, addiction was seen as a personal failure rather than an illness,” said Dr. Shao-Hua Lu, an addictions psychiatrist. “One tends to focus on the terrible losses in the Downtown Eastside, but in terms of overall cost, alcohol, gambling and tobacco probably costs society much more.”


The BCMA says alcohol, gambling and drug addictions, which are often linked to some form of mental illness, are akin to heart disease and diabetes and the province should treat them the same way. While treating a gambling addict the same as a cancer patient would add new costs to the system, the BCMA argues it would ultimately save money by preventing the costly results of untreated addictions.


In 2002, the estimated cost of treating substance abuse in B.C. was more than $6 billion, or $1,500 per person per year, with alcohol, gambling and tobacco taking the biggest toll on society, said Lu, who is clinical practice director for the new Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addiction.


According to the report, one in 10 visits to Vancouver General Hospital’s emergency room is for substance abuse, while B.C. uses enough hospital beds for substance abuse care to fill Kelowna General Hospital every day for a year.


The report suggests 120,000 British Columbians have a high probability of alcohol dependence, with 33,000 addicted to illicit drugs and 31,000 with a severe gambling problem.







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1 comment:

Ashley said...

While I certainly agree with your opinion that addicts of ANY kind should not be treated the same way as cancer,heart,or diabteic patients, I think we need to focus on the fact that :
1. The definition of an illness or a disease is that it is , without treatment, CHRONIC, PROGRESSIVE, and sometimes FATAL. That is the most basic concern.
2. The TREATMENT of addiction is truly what is at a bit of a political traffic jam right now, not the aggreement or disagreemtn that addiction IS or is NOT a disease.
We need to stop worrying about what "might happen if rapists can claim they have a disease", because the truth is that most rapists get away with their rape, and mabye we should focus on WHY.
As far as gamblers, sexaholics, etc, again, we need to focus on the TREATMENT and not so much the diagnosis.
We can chase our OWN tails often enough when we are confused by something that is making us feel ill, but we cannot pinpoint what it is. The best thing to do at that point is to evaluate WHAT makes the "mysterious illness" feel BETTER, and so we need to TREAT people with ALL kinds of diagnoses, and stop all the bickering over whether they truly have a "disease or not".
P.S. If we look back in history, it appears to me that every time doctors cannot "label" a condition, they cannot seem to deal with it. They cannot accept that sometimes, they are NOT going to be able to say "you have ___ disease".
It goes against everything they have learned, everything they know.
Addiction is doing that to doctors, and is also doing it to people who for so LONG said that addicts looked scary, and hung out in alleys, when in reality their mother , father, brother, son, daughter, etc represent the "face" of this disorder,illness,social disease....lol
Call it what you want, but call it something and then get HELP for it!