“Dual Diagnosis” is a popular expression in the addiction treatment field. Coined by psychiatry and the drug companies that supply them, it refers to the practice of taking clients off their old drugs, while exchanging them for many of the new popular psychoactive drugs instead. The intention being to treat depression, anxiety and other brain malfunctions that result from the original drug use.
Psychiatry’s Diagnostic Statistical Manual
(DSM IV) currently lists 394 mental disorders with a drug to remedy each one. No science is used to establish underlying cause, no lab testing verifies an actual biochemical imbalance that needs restoration, in fact there is no explanation of why a chosen drug is an appropriate choice.
Most psychoactive drugs are designated “method of action unknown” in the Physicians Desk Reference (PDR), yet, for unknown reasons, almost all of the major addiction treatment centers in the USA have installed a psychiatrist to handle the myriad of psychotic symptoms that a client might present as a result of a drug(s) for which they are now seeking help.
It is ironic that those whose brains have already been damaged by drugs and alcohol are told by addiction treatment centers that what they need is MORE DRUGS! Over time state licensing laws have shifted to demand that psychiatric diagnosis/treatment (dual diagnosis) become part of drug and alcohol addiction treatment.
One might assume there would be follow-up studies on the success or failure using this psychiatric approach; however, old mandates for accountability have been rescinded because treatment licensing boards now say, “RELAPSE IS PART OF THE DISEASE.” In other words, no accountability exists for the mass drugging of people (many kids) who enter addiction treatment facilities.
As long time director at Health Recovery Center, I have seen hundreds of clients over the years destroyed or nearly destroyed by the multiple psychiatric drugs they were prescribed in licensed treatment programs. These people are desperate for help to undo the damage from drugs and restore their health.
Health Recovery Center in Minneapolis is one of the only drug and alcohol addiction treatment centers in the USA who does real physical repair for the brain. We use lab tests to confirm damage, and to find the biochemical anomalies causing our clients’ anxiety, depression and unstable moods.
Restoring normal wellbeing can never happen by introducing more foreign drugs to the brain. What is needed are sufficient amounts of the real chemicals that create optimum functioning in humans. These are the chemicals NATURE has created … they comprise the BLUEPRINT of human life. They are NOT toxic, unnatural chemicals that some drug company employee concocted. It is only common sense to “use Ford parts to fix a Ford” … and natural substances supporting life for billions of years to restore what human being’s need. It is arrogant to believe drugs will ever replace these substances.
Restoring normal wellbeing can never happen by introducing more foreign drugs to the brain
It’s sad to say, but in today’s world, many clients get started on the road to drug and alcohol addiction in grade school or sooner by the family MD or a psychiatrist. The 400% increase in psychiatric drugs prescribed to children implies either most of them are mentally ill, or the healthcare industry is promoting a generation of drug addicts. I say it’s the latter.
Here’s one example of how it works:
Psychiatrists commonly diagnose active children (almost any ACTIVE child) as ADD or ADHD; they follow-up with a prescription for Ritalin. Thanks to University of Pittsburgh (2002) research, we now know Ritalin is actually slowed-down cocaine. It is released slowly, over one hour, compared to regular cocaine that releases in a few seconds. Ritalin’s action works by blocking 70% of dopamine’s transport back to storage, thus keeping it active in the brain, which helps energize thinking and filter out distractions.
Although the action comes on very quickly, only 50% of dopamine is preserved. We often hear our clients recall how their early experiences with Ritalin led to cocaine and other drug experimentation later in high school. When they “burn out” from over-firing (depleting) their brain’s key natural chemicals, their lives become a shambles, and they turn to treatment programs for help.
Unfortunately, what our drugged up population gets is more brain altering drugs instead. In other words, old drugs are simply traded in for new pharmaceutical concoctions to address symptoms created by the old drugs.
Examples of this phenomenon in the treatment industry are:
- Antipsychotics (i.e., zyprexa, seroquil), being prescribed for sleep. There is a black box around these drugs in the PDR, which means “may cause death.” They also cause weight gain, diabetes, heart arrhythmias, and even temporary paralysis (their makers have paid out 1.4 billion in class action suits so far).
- Effexor, which has now become PRISTIQUE (same drug essentially), registers on urine screens as PCP (Angeldust) because it is made up of Ketamine, the same sedative hypnotic/anesthetic used by veterinarians. Kid’s experimented with hallucinogenic effects of Ketamine in the 80’s. Now Effexor/Prestique is a club drug for teens, and a popular anti-depressant prescribed to treat clients with depression.
Since the first “wonder drug,” Prozac” entered the market in 1987, the number of mentally disabled in the USA has increased at a rate of 50,000 people per year. Currently, one in every 50 Americans is classified as “disabled by mental illness.”
The USA dominates the market share for ADHD drugs, and in the total population of the world, the USA consumes 94% of them according to market research from Data Monitor. It is not hard to understand why mental illness is increasing. The body of evidence showing brain disruption from psychoactive drugs is irrefutable.
If you wonder what illogical idiocy has led 21st century treatment centers, insurance payers, and government licensing boards to embrace a treatment model that further sickens its clients by promoting drugs …
- to sleep (antipsychotics, benzodiazepines)
- to be alert (amphetamines, Ritalin)
- to stop feeling sad (anti-depressants)
- to just stop feeling (antipsychotics, etc.)
… I can only surmise that it is based on the seduction of greed using powerful lobbyists, and the financially lucrative, behind-the-scenes, kickbacks by the pharmaceutical companies of the world. As the saying goes, “follow the money.”
Even though current studies of addiction treatment outcomes are rare, research suggests a current level of treatment failures can be calculated using a multitude of past follow-ups from 12-step programs.
The 12-step approach
The 12-step approach remains the predominant model (95%) of treatment programs according to Time Magazine’s cover story on Alcoholism. Rand Corporation studies done for the government show approximately 80% relapse by the first year, and 93% relapse four years after treatment.
The suicide deaths of treated alcoholics are one-in-four, usually occurring within the first year after treatment (Archives of General Psychiatry). Our own follow-up study, published in the International Journal of Biosocial & Medical Research shows 94% remained abstinent and sober one year after treatment, and 74% stayed abstinent and stable 31/2 years after treatment, the highest success in the industry, and without pharmaceuticals.
For 37 years Health Recovery Center has successfully treated not only addicted persons, but also those with labels of depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, or other “mental health” problems. I am still in awe at how quickly human beings heal when given adequate amounts of what they are missing.
Dr. Richard Nahamara, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health, recently stated, “We’ve had a revolution in our understanding of the brain! The brain is constantly rebuilding itself throughout life.”
To which I ask, “If the brain is constantly rebuilding itself, what is it USING to do this … toxic drugs that have never been present throughout human evolution, or natural molecules that are normally present in human brains, and utilized for over two million years?”