Sunday, 23 October 2016
Providing Relaxed Escape From Involuntary Drug Addiction.
WITHDRAWAL ADVISORY SERVICES & HELP (WASH)
It has taken 68 years for the psychiatric and pharmaceutical fraternity to convert some 2.4 Million of our population into profitably prescribed daily pill-popping patients, and keep them that way.
Whether they are on continuous medication to ‘manage’ sickness, disease, anxiety, dementia, pain, a habit or behaviour, etc., except for pain-killers, the factor which keeps them demanding their daily supplies is seldom, if ever, the problem for which their drugs were originally prescribed.
In well over 90+% of cases that problem disappeared in the first month or so of “treatment” and did so because, in the same way that bruises, cuts, scratches, burns, fevers, pimples, indigestion, headaches, colds, sunburn, and a host of other physical ailments and injuries naturally heal or cure themselves, so also do losses, anxieties, worries, shocks, rage, fears and other depressing emotional conditions also naturally diminish and fade away – except in circumstances where some suppressive factor such as addiction imposes itself on the individual’s life.
Human minds and bodies are designed to be naturally self-repairing and, when allowed to do so without interference but with good understanding, make an incredibly brilliant job of it.
In the same way that we use “First Aid” to keep an injury clean and protected to minimise additional physical harm factors and to allow our natural healing powers to operate, so also are there mental first aid factors in the form of “Emotional Assists” which anyone can learn to apply to themselves and to others.
But to give nature time to take its course, one has to be ready to maintain a “stiff upper lip” or “grin and bear it” for a short while. This is because pain is a vital form of communication between the person and his or her body, and the 'residual pain' from an injury or the 'temporary anxiety' from a loss, are nature’s way of reporting the progress of healing and ensuring that we do not overstress that body part or emotional area until healing is complete.
“But why should you EVER have to “suffer” even for a short while” say the overly “kind” and “pseudo sympathetic” MEDICATION SALESMEN, “when we can make life so nice for you with our ever growing “choice” of prescriptions”.
And what they offer amongst other “immediate benefits” (i.e. quick-fixes), are symptom based pain-killers, sleeping pills, tranquillisers, soporifics, stimulants and other prescription medication – a majority of which can be habit forming or addictive and often also have hypnotic qualities which can permit command factors in the environment to exercise control over our decisions and actions.
In effect, instead of permitting and encouraging natural self-healing, they seek to take control of our bodies, minds and emotions during the early stages of healing, by cutting off our communications to-and-from our injuries and whilst there is little doubt that in some cases this can “appear” to be of comfort, it is not of help to the actual healing process.
Unfortunately, what many of their prescriptions do, is to eliminate some of the useful natural pain and minor discomfort in the early healing stages immediately following injury or loss. Valuable sensations designed to inform us of healing progress or lack thereof in respect of our injuries or emotional disorders.
And, because many of those prescriptions are poison based, they can at the same time create conditions for far worse problems to arise in the not too distant future.
From the point of view of a self-healing body or mind, interfering with what that body and mind is trying to do to promote its natural healing, is the unnecessary imposing of some profit making chemical control factor on its operation which, (especially when the prescribed substance is addictive and hypnotic), can become increasingly and permanently suppressive in regard to the individual’s future lifestyle, progress, happiness and survival potential.
TOO EARLY an application of a painkiller or tranquilliser (which, like so many such substances are addictive and / or hypnotic) leads to a permanent addictive demand for and usage of that substance, because the crushing “cold turkey” effects of withdrawal from the drug can often be much greater than the temporary minor pains and discomforts which the body and mind ask us to confront and bear with, as part of the initial stages of natural healing.
Pharmaceuticals and their psychiatric marketeers know that addiction to any substance is the best possible factor ensuring that the user will be a permanent consumer of that substance. And they also know that the main continuation factor (rather than being a desire for a “high”) is the user’s decidedly unpleasant experience of, and fear of, the cold turkey effects they all suffer whenever they try to stop. But, instead of blaming their profit orientated product, the psycho-pharms prefer to falsely blame the user for seeking the “high”.
Of course, patients naturally try to stop using, because of the many and varied side-effects which can be created by even minimum usage of any toxic or unnatural poisonous substance. Such side-effects can include diarrhoea, vomiting, drowsiness, constipation, insomnia, cramps, aches, dizziness, exhaustion, loss of sleep, anxiety and many other factors varying from user to user.
But when they try slamming on the brakes in the hope of safely stopping their increasingly debilitating addiction, the resultant cold turkey effects can be far more devastating than the drug created side-effects they are trying to get rid of.
As a result they then unfortunately and uncomfortably have to try to learn to live with such side-effects as well as their daily drug dosages.
From the above, it will be seen that the real problem in regard to helping the millions of involuntary addicts quit their habit and avoid the side-effects of their “medication” is the fact that the pharmaceutical industry (which is well equipped to sponsor and help gradual withdrawal procedures) is the very same commercial operation which has as its main goal the procurement of increasing usage of as many as possible of their addictive products by an increasing number of people year after year.
Consequently, so-called “self-regulation” by the psycho-pharms is NEVER ever going to produce a better result than the time wasting, smarmy, “medication-sustaining” justifying and excusing lip-service to which politicians have been subjected over the last 68 years by big-pharma marketing men.
These manipulative ploys have included, amongst others:
a) the whole countrywide 65 years of “never-ever-intended-to-cure” Opioid Substitution Therapy (methadone, etc.),
b) the five years incestuous “National Treatment Outcome Research Study” of psychiatric “treatments” - conducted by psychiatrists themselves WITHOUT final useful report of the failure of such psychiatric “cure-by-treatment” results - and,
c) the recent failed 4 year psychiatric “piloting” of “Payment by Results” in the drug recovery sector, which has deliberately aborted implementation of the Coalition’s brilliant 2010 and still current Drugs Strategy, simply because treating drug addiction WITH drugs doesn’t cure and never can !
As a result of these persistent psycho-pharm efforts to avoid any reduction in the increasingly vast numbers of U.K. citizen’s addicted to their products, it is vital that “Reduction of Involuntary Addiction” is (for obvious reasons) conducted as a separate government initiative which does not involve psychiatrists and only peripherally involves pharmacists – under TIGHT regulation and legislation.
Proposals are therefore set out as follows
for the formation by the Government of:
INVOLUNTARY MEDICATION ADDICTION
WITHDRAWAL ADVISORY SERVICES & HELP
a special national & local recovery department for involuntarily addicted patients – totally independent of psychiatry and pharmacology.
Obviously, together, every involuntary addict who stops taking an average of over 1,095 expensive medical drug doses a year will create a saving more than enough to pay for the whole WASH Teams scheme.
HOW TO ESCAPE FROM THE U.K’S PRESENT EXCESSIVE WASTEFULL OVER-USAGE OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS:
Over the last 60 plus years of so-called “patient management” by long-term prescription medication, the pharmaceutical companies, and their psychiatric and medical marketing arms have developed the pill-popping treatments of our NHS into a nearly unstoppable “health service” methodology, whereby just abruptly stopping the prescribing of any drug to the millions of its present users is calculated to cause chaotic protest, and thus ensure that demand for their products continues.
BUT, the definition of an “EFFECTIVE DRUGS POLICY” is one which continuously moves a society or community in the direction of TOTAL ABSTINENCE - i.e. it is not a society totally without drugs, but is a society whose policy is to continuously move our communities towards becoming a society FREE OF ADDICTION and addictive drug supply and consumption.
And the action needed to progress towards that is NOT just to stop dead all the current prescribing of existing patients under such management ‘treatment’.
INSTEAD, THERE ARE THREE MAIN STEPS:
1) Stop expanding the current list of patients being prescribed medical substances in respect ONLY of symptoms. i.e. allow no new consumers of such substances to be prescribed by any psychiatrists or other physicians until laboratory testing and full CAUSE diagnosis has been completed and sufficient time for any initial physical or mental trauma has elapsed, to permit the natural healing processes to start taking effect.
In other words, stop increasing the total of N.H.S. patients solely on palliative pharmaceutical treatment based on prescribing for the handling of symptoms rather than seeking the underlying cause of the symptom(s) - such as allergies, dietary deficiencies and excesses, or undiagnosed injuries or infections, etc. Depending on the nature of their patient’s trauma this will likely be a non-prescribing period of from 1 to 4 weeks.
2) To handle the existing 2.4 million involuntarily addicted NHS patients each costing U.K. taxpayers an average of some £1,095 per year, recruit and train a total nationwide force of say 2,000 Involuntary Medication Addiction Withdrawal Advisory Services & Help “Recovery Managers”, spread across every local county area. Each authorised and trained (amongst other duties) to determine the sizes of and to supply “step-down” dosages of the medications to which their clients are already daily addicted, each Recovery Manager costing around £1,500 to recruit, pay and train over a two week period.
3) Provide each IMAWASH Recovery Manager with a small motor vehicle and a local client group of 32 N.H.S. addicts to manage towards, and to bring to full, abstinence, over an average period of 20 weeks per patient, thus allowing each Recovery Manager to withdraw 80 current addicts per year, over a period of 48 working weeks. (N.B. 80 recovered addicts together thereafter save £87,600 per year for each abstinent year they live.)
Whilst (inclusive of G.P. consultation, dispensing, admin & collection time, etc.) the current cost to the Exchequer of providing and delivering 3 to 4 doses a day of those drugs to which patients have become involuntarily addicted can likely be higher, for the examples given here, we have taken an all inclusive cost of only £1.00 per dose and only 3 doses a day. i.e. a minimum cost to the N.H.S. of £1,095 per year per patient, which includes not only the actual drug supply but also their 7 to 21 day interviewing, prescribing, dispensing and collecting time and effort, etc.
On the other hand, up to 20 weeks of an average of two to three times a week 30 minute visits to each withdrawing patient (i.e. 16 visits a day per Manager inclusive of travel time) by a trained IMAWASH Manager will cost under £500 per cured addict, even if the IMAWASH Recovery Manager follows up on a once a month basis for three months after each patient is fully withdrawn.
With a) an annual total cost per IMAWASH Recovery Manager of £40,000 (£26,000 of which is salary), b) a current U.K. involuntarily addicted client list of over 2,400,000, and with c) each IMAWASH Manager also creating pure savings of over £47,600 per year by d) each withdrawing 80 clients a year, we would need e) 2,000 trained IMAWASH Managers to cure the present list of involuntary addicts in 16 years. (This long length of time is a clear indication of the size of the problem.)
Whilst doing this, those 2,000 Recovery Managers would together SAVE the U.K. Taxpayers (over and above the £40,000 it costs to fund each manager's work area) £47,600 per year so that in the whole 16 years (assuming no new patients become involuntarily addicted) there would be a saving of over £1.5223 BILLION.
In other words, the indicated WASH involuntarily addicted recovery programme, whilst curing N.H.S. patients, will not only pay the full cost of running its own department and programme, but will also make a healthy additional contribution to the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s Treasury.
HOW MANY OTHER N.H.S. SPONSORED INITIATIVES CAN DO THAT ? And what should we do with that huge level of savings each year ?
And the answer is provided by the Government's own National Audit Bureau, which tells us that EVERY SINGLE ONE of the country's N.H.S. supplied prescription methadone and other OST users costs the Chancellor of the Exchequer (and thus the U.K. Taxpayers) over £47,000 per annum per methadone addict for an average of 40 years. (Other university studies show that p.a. sum to be closer to £60,000.)
Of the nearly 200,000 currently prescribed methadone and other O.S.T. users, we know from statistics of the last 50 years that the Narconon® self-help residential addiction recovery training programme, when presented with enrolment groups of 4 addicts, can help 65+% cure themselves on a 13 week residential programme costing £39,000 per addict on a Payment by Results full 12 months lasting abstinence basis (and only £9,000 per addict B&B+toiletry charge if no period of abstinence whatsoever is achieved in 26 weeks, i.e. twice through the programme).
As a result, on a Payment by Results basis the above 16 year £1.53 Billion saving could pay for the curing of 39,000 current methadone users, thus saving the Chancellor another £114,562 each year for 16 years.
This progression based on saving £47,000 per addict at a cost of only £39,000 per addict will see the present total of methadone (OST) addicts reduced from the current 200,000 to zero in 16 years - funded by IMAWASH Recovery Managers.
And at that point, the Government could then afford to additionally start curing the illicitly addicted users of amphetamines, cannabis, cocaine, crack, ecstasy, heroin and skunk, etc.
The main point of this paper is to emphasize that it very provably costs the Chancellor of the Exchequer (and UK Taxpayers) much much more TO MAINTAIN both legal involuntary and illicit recreational addicts in their addictions - than it does TO PERMANENTLY CURE them on a Payment by Results residential self-help addiction recovery training basis.
The years it will take to reach a nearly addiction free society is an indication of the size and seriousness of the current problem, and the necessity for starting now to implement policies based on training addicts to responsibly help themselves instead of the current psycho-pharmaceutically profitable lifelong addictive prescribing of daily dosages in the name of “habit management”.
Currently, that half of our population directly responsible for our Gross National Product, actually carries the 7% of the U.K. population who are addicted, and who are thus a none productive burden on the rest.
Returning only 5 of that 7% to the natural state of relaxed abstinence into which 99% of the population is born – will revolutionise our economy, and help avoid further austerity.
BUT DO NOT FORGET:
THAT THERE IS ONE THING STOPPING THIS !
Because the pharmaceutical industry 1) does not want to lose its over 2,400,000 profitable involuntary addicts to which it supplies some 7.2 Million doses of addictive medication EACH AND EVERY DAY, and 2) because it does not want to lose its 200,000 profitable methadone and other O.S.T. addicts to which it supplies a further 200,000 doses of addictive medication EACH AND EVERY DAY, pharmaceutical companies are EXTREMELY reluctant to widely and cheaply supply the small enough “step- down” dosages of the opioid painkillers, benzodiazepines, “z” drugs and others needed to make the above economic withdrawal from involuntary drug addiction into a workable and working national programme.
Obviously we would be stupid to expect the psycho-pharms to voluntarily kill off the geese which lay them golden eggs in terms of daily involuntary addiction consumption and methadone daily dose consumption.
As a result, it will require some very simple and straightforward new legislation to ensure that they toe-the-line and thus make possible a U.K. economy which is no longer the European nation with more addiction than other E.U. member countries.
Whilst there is ALWAYS some minor discomfort in a reduction or step-down system of withdrawal from medical drug dependency, we know that the vast majority of patients can, with proper management, tolerate and succeed with 14 day step down reductions of not more than 7.5% of their current daily dosages. However, a relative few will have a back-off from confronting reductions greater than 5% or even 2.5%, and will therefore need to be handled on those lower percentage dosage reductions.
Therefore, very approximately we are looking at 20 x 7 day reductions of 5%, or 14 x 10 day reductions of 7.5%.
Taking 100 as the established multi-daily dosage, this can be done by insisting that a manufacturer or distributor may in future only be licensed to produce a 100 mg tablet, PROVIDED he also produces a 50, a 25, a 10, a 5 and a 2.5 mg tablet, and these dose sizes equally apply to both powder and liquid capsules.
This short range of only five step-down dose sizes allows the dispensing to the patient of the whole range of dosages from 100mg, to 97.5, to 95, to 92.5, to 90, to 87.5, to 85, and on down to 10, 7.5, 5 and 2.5mgs. In fact, when in tablet form, a 100mg tablet can be cut in half or into quarters, but the 10, 5 and 2.5 mg sizes are needed to compete the whole step-down range based on 5% and 2.5% reductions.
Encapsulated doses are not divisible and so necessitate production of all five step-down dose sizes, but simple liquid dosages should be capable of being measured out and dispensed at every dosage level, inclusive of injected liquid doses.
(Where the established multi-daily dose is other than 100, the same principle would be followed based on the established originally recommended dose size.)
All it requires is the earnest cooperation, or lawful coercion of the pharmaceutical industry to solve the problem of addiction to their products, which alone – create every day, every week, every month and every year, the increasing dependency of more and more of our citizens, and thus the ruination of our economy and society.
KINDLY THEREFORE RECOGNISE:
No-one can become addicted to a drug or medication they never take, because it is the drugs themselves which cause & maintain addiction.
NOTHING ELSE !
And remember, we mainly decide to try or take drugs only because
we are wrongly advised or persuaded, or
are otherwise led to believe that they will solve a personal problem.
ONLY ADDICTS DAILY USE DRUGS. NONE USERS DON'T !
So DEMAND REDUCTION relies, not on “prevention” but entirely on
making cures available . . . .
and that can be done on a Payment by Results basis in 65+% of cases.
For further information you may wish to phone (01342) 810151 or 811099,
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Society for an Addiction Free Europe,
a not-for-profit group formed in 1975.