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Russell Brand on heroin, abstinence and addiction

The only way to help addicts is to treat them not as bad people but as sick people

9 March 2013

9 March 2013

The last time I thought about taking heroin was yesterday. I had received ‘an inconvenient truth’ from a beautiful woman. It wasn’t about climate change (I’m not that ecologically switched on). She told me she was pregnant and it wasn’t mine.

I had to take immediate action. I put Morrissey on in my car and as I wound my way through the neurotic Hollywood hills my misery burgeoned. Soon I could no longer see where I ended and the pain began. So now I had a choice.

I cannot accurately convey the efficiency of heroin in neutralising pain. It transforms a tight white fist into a gentle brown wave, and from my first inhalation 15 years ago it fumigated my private hell. A bathroom floor in Hackney embraced me like a womb, and now whenever I am dislodged from comfort my focus falls there.

It is ten years since I used drugs or drank alcohol and my life has immeasurably improved. I have a job, a house, a cat, good friendships and generally a bright outlook.

But the price of this is constant vigilance, because the disease of addiction is not rational. Recently, for the purposes of a documentary on this subject, I reviewed some footage of myself smoking heroin. I sit wasted and slumped with an unacceptable haircut against a wall in another Hackney flat (Hackney is starting to seem like part of the problem), inhaling fizzy black snakes of smack off a scrap of crumpled foil. When I saw the tape a month or so ago, what was surprising was that my reaction was not one of gratitude for the positive changes I’ve experienced. Instead I felt envious of this earlier version of myself, unencumbered by the burden of abstinence. I sat in a suite at the Savoy hotel, in privilege, resenting the woeful ratbag I once was who, for all his problems, had drugs.

That is obviously irrational, but the mentality and behaviour of drug addicts and alcoholics is wholly irrational until you understand that they are completely powerless over their addiction and, unless they have structured help, they have no hope.

This is the reason I have started a fund within Comic Relief, ‘Give It Up’. I want to raise awareness of, and money for, abstinence-based recovery. It was Kevin Cahill’s idea — he is the bloke who runs Comic Relief. He called me after reading an article I wrote after Amy Winehouse died. Her death had a powerful impact on me, I suppose because it was such an obvious shock, like watching someone for hours through a telescope advance towards you, fist extended with the intention of punching you in the face. Even though I saw it coming, it still hurt when it eventually hit me.

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What was so painful about Amy’s death is that I know that there is something I could have done. I could have passed on to her the solution that was freely given to me. Don’t pick up a drink or drug, one day at a time. It sounds so simple, it actually is simple, but it isn’t easy — it requires incredible support and fastidious structuring. Not to mention that the whole infrastructure of abstinence-based recovery is shrouded in necessary secrecy. There are support fellowships that are easy to find and open to anyone who needs them, but they eschew promotion of any kind in order to preserve the purity of their purpose, which is for people with alcoholism and addiction to help one another stay clean and sober.

Without these fellowships I would take drugs. Because even now the condition persists. Drugs and alcohol are not my problem — reality is my problem. Drugs and alcohol are my solution.

If this seems odd to you, it is because you are not an alcoholic or a drug addict. You are likely one of the 90 per cent of people who can drink and use drugs safely. I have friends who can smoke weed, swill gin, even do crack, and then merrily get on with their lives. For me this is not an option. I will relinquish all else to ride that buzz to oblivion. Even if it began as a timid glass of chardonnay on a ponce’s yacht, it would end with me necking the bottle, swimming to shore and sprinting to Bethnal Green in search of a crack house.

I looked to drugs and booze to fill up a hole in me. Unchecked, the call of the wild is too strong. I still survey streets for signs of the subterranean escapes that used to provide my sanctuary. I still eye the shuffling subclass of junkies and dealers, invisibly gliding between doorways through the gutters. I see the abundantly wealthy with destitution in their stare. I have a friend so beautiful, so haunted by talent that you can barely look away from her, whose smile is such a treasure that I have often squandered my sanity for a moment in its glow. Her story is so galling that no one would condemn her for her dependency on illegal anaesthesia, but now, even though her life is trying to turn around despite her, even though she has genuine opportunities for a new start, the gutter will not release its prey. The gutter is within.

It is frustrating to love someone with this disease. A friend of mine’s brother cannot stop drinking. He gets a few months of sobriety and his family bask, relieved, in the joy of their returned loved one. His life gathers momentum, but then he somehow forgets the price of this freedom, returns to his old way of thinking, picks up a drink and Mr Hyde is back in the saddle. Once more his face is gaunt and hopeless. His family blame themselves and wonder what they could have done differently, racking their minds for a perfect sentiment wrapped up in the perfect sentence, a magic bullet. The fact is, though, that the sufferer must be a willing participant in their own recovery. They must not pick up a drink or drug. Just don’t pick it up — that’s all.

It is difficult to feel sympathy for these people. Can there be any other disease that renders its victims so unappealing? Would Great Ormond Street be so attractive a cause if its beds were riddled with obnoxious little criminals who had ‘brought it on themselves’?

Peter Hitchens is a vocal adversary of mine on this matter. He sees this condition as a matter of choice and the culprits as criminals who should go to prison. I know how he feels. I bet I have to deal with a lot more drug addicts than he does, let’s face it, I share my brain with one, and I can tell you first-hand they are total nightmares. Where I differ from Peter is in my belief that, if we regard alcoholics and drug addicts not as bad people but as sick people, then we can help them to get better. By we, I mean other people who have the same problem but have found a way to live drug- and alcohol-free lives. Guided by principles and traditions, a programme has been founded that has worked miracles in millions of lives. Not just the alcoholics and addicts themselves, but their families, their friends and of course society as a whole.

What we want to do with Give It Up is popularise a compassionate perception of drunks and addicts and provide funding for places at treatment centres where they can get clean using these principles. Then, once they are free of drugs and alcohol, to make sure they retain contact with the support that is available to keep them clean.

I wound down the hill in an alien land; Morrissey chanted lonely mantras. The pain accumulated and I began to tell myself the old, old story. I thought of places I could score. Off Santa Monica, there’s a homeless man who I know uses gear. I could find him, buy him a bag if he takes me to score.

In my mind, I leave him on the corner, a couple of rocks, a couple of $20 bags pressed into my sweaty palm. I get home, pull out the foil, neatly torn. I break the bottom off a Martell miniature. I make a pipe for the rocks with the bottle, lay a strip of foil on the counter to chase the brown, pause to reflect and regret that I don’t know how to fix, only smoke, feeling inferior even in the manner of my using. I see the foil scorch. I hear the crackle from which crack gets its name. I feel the plastic fog hit the back of my yawning throat. Eyes up. Back relaxes. The bottle drops and the greedy bliss eats my pain. There is no girl, there is no tomorrow.

Even as I spin this web I am reaching for my phone. I call someone, not a doctor or a sage, not a mystic or a physician, just a bloke like me — another alcoholic, who I know knows how I feel. The phone rings and I half hope he’ll just let it ring out. It’s 4a.m. in London. He’s asleep, he can’t hear the phone, he won’t pick up. I indicate left, heading to Santa Monica. The ringing stops, then the dry-mouthed nocturnal mumble:

‘Hello. You all right, mate?’

He picked up. And for another day, thank God, I don’t have to.

Give It Up for Comic Relief is on BBC1 on Friday 8 March at 11.35p.m. Red Nose Day is on 15 March; rednoseday.com.


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  • o4hu

    Great article. You’re a strange man but you sure can write.

    I really hope that you can do for addiction what George Clooney did for Sudan. He said that being a celebrity was strange: you can’t make or change policy but you can shine a very large spotlight on things. Good luck.

    • http://religionconfidencetrick.blogspot.com/ jonny

      Not to disparage Clooney’s efforts but did anything come from them? To the best of my knowledge, the Sudan civil wars rage on?

      Even after NATO brought Sharia Law freedom to bordering Libya.

      • Rachel

        Living in America, I can tell you that we were blissfully ignorant about Sudan until George Clooney. Shortly after that, several organizations combined efforts and money to help refugees gain asylum and to advocate for the U.N. to find a way to stop the genocide. So no, the wars are not over, but people are now aware of what they are actively ignoring.

        • http://religionconfidencetrick.blogspot.com/ jonny

          I’ve noticed how that works with people though; they feel bad but they don’t do anything and my theory is that almost everyone is (technically) a sociopath. People feel emotions because they know they’re supposed to feel that way; they don’t actually care (or not enough to turn their feelings into tangible action). Their mothers raised them Right and told them how they’re supposed to feel in various situations.

          Some people might say that’s how sociopaths feel, when some people are correct.

          http://i.imgur.com/7k2D8zR.png

          • neuroticcuriosity

            Or it’s the fact that humans only have a certain amount of emotional energy to deal with shit. Yes, Sudan is having a civil war. And that needs attention and help. Brazil and Ukraine are also having major riots and other issues. Gay people are being beaten and killed in Russia and Uganda. There’s a new school shooting here every other week.

            Bombings, terrorist attacks, shootings, civil wars, cancer, civil rights, mental illness….

            ALL of these things BEGGING and PULLING at your mind for attention. In addition to the fact that, in the states, the amount of “spare cash” in the middle class is decreasing as the middle class dies out. At a certain point, people help where they can… where they feel, personally, is the most important… and then they care care of themselves and their family.

            That isn’t being a sociopath. That’s being human.

            Why don’t you question the people that have the power and are hoarding the money to step up and do something if it’s something you feel so strongly about.

          • http://religionconfidencetrick.blogspot.com/ jonny

            It’s not the people in power that are the problem. It’s the people who just want to lie on their backs and fuck their way through life that are the problem. They are leeches and they’ve sucked the life and fun clean out of this dying planet of death.

          • Jay

            You are so misguided… the people in power aren’t the problem? I can’t even get past that foolish statement, you try to make sense but you aren’t logical… you sound like some first year philosophy student that received a C+. You’ve been watching too much Dexter and clearly have some mother issues. So young that you believe everyone feels the way you do… damn son…. SMH.

          • http://religionconfidencetrick.blogspot.com/ jonny

            Learn how to read, you stupid illiterate twit. Your mother raped your stupid mind. Did the people in power destroy your mind with shame by placing clothes on you to conceal your perverted toddler innocence?

            It’s not the people in power that are the problem. Who gave them power? Who bred slaves on Power’s plantation?

            Power cannot abuse children with shame to erode their sense of Self and turn them into needy, mindless, authoritarian, selfless slaves.

            Your mother needed your love. To get you to stop loving yourself and love her instead, she obliterated your sense of Self with putrid lies. Power had nothing to do with it. You’re just a stupid nigger trying to deny your mother’s culpability. Who’s a good BOY then? You’re a good BOY.

          • paulalovescats

            You want me to grab a rifle and go over there and get shot? Will that make a dent? Let’s see you end a war single-handedly. Or Halliburton can go over and make some money. They probably already are.

          • http://religionconfidencetrick.blogspot.com/ jonny

            I don’t want you to do anything for anyone. This is the problem. I’m not your mother. I don’t need your suffering. It doesn’t please me. Mothers are very broken and they do not act like mammal mothers are supposed to act (selfishly). They’re not remotely sane. In a world of lies, no human can be completely sane but those who can perceive a more sane reality than this surreal world of horror, bloodshed, slavery, war, violence, deceit and exclusive love (hate) understand that humans have no reason to fight. We fight because we’ve been made to be insane, betrayed by demons who brought us here to suffer to please them.

            I need nothing. You should want to act in your own best interests and those interests are not being served by lies or violence being conducted on your behalf, in your name, by those you support (tacitly or indirectly), to meet your demand for things you believe you need. You want what you don’t need and the difference between the two is why you’re unhappy. It’s why everyone is unhappy. And it’s why the species is about to be extinct.

            I can tell you The Answer but you’re not going to like it. You won’t be able to refute the logic so you will do what broken humans do when they find The Answer untenable but cannot make the logical case for why they feel that way. You’ll choose c) Continue doing what you were doing. That’s what humans have been doing for 6000 years, which is when some demon mothers changed the logic to illogical to make slave-warriors out of their sons and whore-breeders out of their daughters. When you’re playing in a rigged game, there’s only one winning play.

            The Answer: The only way to win is not to play.

          • RichardOakes

            COuld you please tell me how you differentiate between a ‘real’ and ‘perceived’ emotion? I’d hate to think you were pulling all of this out of your arse.

          • http://religionconfidencetrick.blogspot.com/ jonny

            You do not perceive reality. No human does or ever has been perceiving true reality. Need blinds our perception (survival trick hijacked by women wielding love).

          • RichardOakes

            If it’s impossible to perceive reality, surely your making a distinction is completely pointless?

          • http://religionconfidencetrick.blogspot.com/ jonny

            It’s impossible to perceive true reality when your mind is blinded by need felt to be necessary for survival, but the more imagined need you can eliminate from your mind, the less corrupted your mind will be and the more accurate your perception of reality will be.

            Emotion is intended to blind your perception of what is irrelevant to your survival, enhancing your chances of making it through a Fight or Flight situation. When your mind has been corrupted by malicious lies intended to make you feel self-defeating (self-less, self-sacrificial, needy) emotions, you will imagine a need for psychotic, self-destructive action. This is great for slavery (whether it’s marital, filial or classical, all slavery is illusory and imagined in the minds of dutiful victims of emotional corruption) but it’s suicide for Humanity.

            COuld you please tell me how you differentiate between a ‘real’ and ‘perceived’ emotion?

            All suffering is imagined inside your mind, whether it’s valid (someone hits you with a stick or a stone) or invalid (a word that hurts you when you’ve been conditioned by a manipulative, sleazy creep to imagine mean words can hurt you). I’m not saying the pain you feel isn’t real, it will feel as real as you imagine it to be. It’s insane to imagine needless suffering. You’ll just be cutting yourself with your mother’s emotional degradation.

            Your mother emotionally abused you with malicious intent, launching an all-out emotional assault on your Self to erode your resistance to domination and make you her loving slave. Do not kid yourself that it was inadvertent. You were brought to Earth to suffer to please her. She explicitly intended to erode your self-esteem to trick you into holding her in high esteem. She made you suffer, sapping your empathy with vile – slanderous – lies about how much pain you ostensibly caused her when she brought you to a dying world against your will to Confidence trick you into feeling obligated to make good.

            Your mind snapped like 106,000,000,000 others on the day you decided resistance was futile and submission was your only option. With your Self obliterated by lies, fear, violence and shame, reduced to misery as you tried to come to terms with your felt-to-be-worthless existence, unable to live in your own skin (that dirty, offensive, disgusting biological skin), with seemingly everything you said, did or felt made out to be wrong and shameful, incurring painful consequences meted out by a vicious sadist (a psychotic and mean bully who had power over whether you lived or died and how much suffering you’d have to endure in the meantime), your will to resist simply gave out. As she steamrolled over the top of your heroic, stubborn fight for rebellious independence one time too many, you gave up. Defeated, broken, shamed, you bent your will to hers.

            Once you’d learned how to behave like a mindless, obedient, considerate slave, your mother had no reason to modify your behaviour. Mistaking the cessation of hostility for an act of kindness, you responded to her sociopathic affection by promptly falling in love. You transferred control over to the bully who proceeded to tell you what to think and how to feel in the weeks, months and years that followed.

            No longer able to love your Self, you transferred your love to her. No longer proud of yourself, you struggled and sacrificed to make her proud of you. No longer pleased with yourself, you suffered to please her. No longer able to validate internally, you became obsessed with inducing external validation. Having paid the ultimate price for being born selfish and humane, you were made selfless and inhumane, capable of killing to protect a whore’s honour from mean words called truth. You fell in love with your abuser.

            Stockholm Syndrome, a tale as old as time.

          • RichardOakes

            I would reply to this if it was anything more than a series of topics lurched to in a stream-of-consciousness rant. You still haven’t answered my original question.

          • http://religionconfidencetrick.blogspot.com/ jonny

            Maybe you should learn how to read.

            A valid emotion will serve your selfish best interests and the best interests of an interconnected collective of selfish, humane, non-malicious contributors; no man is an island but every man, woman and child needs to be self-sufficient or the need to impose upon others will wash the continent’s littlest, most valuable clods away.

            An invalid emotion will be self-defeating (serving the interests of no one but imagined to serve the interests of those who made you feel that way).

            The need for food is a valid emotion. The need for honour is invalid. The need for truth is valid. The need for lies to make you feel good is invalid.

            I can’t say much more until you’re literate.

          • Jay

            Enough with your mommy issues, brotato. Just because you’re a very confused sociopath doesn’t mean all of humanity is.

          • http://religionconfidencetrick.blogspot.com/ jonny

            For someone lucky enough to have the only humane mother alive, your arguments seem a little unconvincing. Maybe you’re in denial?

          • Mike

            My mom was incredibly humane and nice. You just have mommy issues, hate to say it. And you imagine that everyone else had a similar upbringing to you, which is very strange. Your rants come off as nothing short of insane.

        • Luke

          You could ask the same question about Russell’s efforts in the future and the same curiosity would be displayed if the only question being asked was “Did anything come from that? Addiction still rages on.” That is not the gauge that should be used for these matters.

          • http://religionconfidencetrick.blogspot.com/ jonny

            That is the point I was making.

            The problems are at a much lower level.

            What is the gauge that should be used in these matters, if not the fact that the matters persist on and on and on…

          • Luke

            Planet of death? That’s a respectable way to look at it, but I don’t think that threads like this are very suitable for you if you do. I think that you’re overanalyzing this. Brand never promised to fix the problem as far as the population of addicted individuals as a whole is concerned. There is no reason to expect to see any accurate statistics on that anytime soon. He is speaking about an individual-by-individual method. Basically, if a minor percentage may attain permanent abstinence, then an effort to help them achieve that is necessary. Addiction/alcoholism will always exist and there will never be an accurate gauge of how it’s doing on a larger scale. If you’d like a gauge, then PLEASE go befriend some recovering alcoholics/addicts(from multiple groups, areas, etc.) and some who are still in active addiction(from a slight distance if active, for safety). Observe the parallels between how they changed and what Brand spoke of. See how many people they know who can say the same. Stop forming opinions based on people who can only show you a degree and constantly change opinion based on statistical analysis. Theories are not the way to go and experience/exposure to the subject group is. Trust me and one day you’ll be able to state that your paradigm is no longer a theory. The internet is not the correct way to study this and form accurate opinions, my friend. You have to get into the nitty-gritty and gain certainty through human interaction.

          • http://religionconfidencetrick.blogspot.com/ jonny

            It has been my overwhelming experience that humans are addicted to pain relief. For as long as they can rationalise remaining alive to endure the suffering (whether outrageous or merely perceived; some of the most unhappy addicts are victims of lies of entitlement which led them to believe they were owed certain things [like husbands, or love] from a world which no one a damn thing), they will pursue relief from the pain.

            Russell Brand is very sharp (far brighter than I will ever be) and he’s writing a personal story to connect with broken minds (which can only perceive the world in personalised terms) but he’s got his eye on a much bigger issue than the treatment of addicts to pain relief.

            He wants a revolution and to do that, you have to go after the slave-breeders. To Supply pain relief, you need Demand. Cue pain.

          • Luke

            Yes, people want “pain relief”. I believe that the correct description is that we ALL want reality to differ from what it is during certain periods of time. When anything helps us forget, it is so damn attractive to the untrained eye. Addicts and non-addicts aren’t really much different. All the same characteristics with different levels of fluctuation and intensities that balance out within different areas. After all, anger is nothing more than fear and denial mixed together. Fear is simply only an expectation that we may not, or won’t, get what we truly desire. Fear is the common factor within any emotion. Relief from fear is joy, fear of the unknown is anxiety, etc., etc. We’re very simple creatures with complicated perceptions. And Brand is not calling for some “be-all-end-all” revolution or any revolution at all. He is just speaking about his changes/experiences within his recovery and how he is contributing to what helped him get there in the first place. Why do you think he wrote about it on a site that over 99% of the population has never heard of? It is simply a reflection of unique instances within his life. Jonny, as for everything else in your response, I’m not going to go there with you because I know where those words came from in your heart. I also read your blog and it’s a mess. That’s your problem if there are issues in your life that you don’t want to get over. I’m going to stop debating on a subject that I don’t need any reassurance on. It was nice to chat with complete strangers about it though.

          • http://religionconfidencetrick.blogspot.com/ jonny

            Fear is the common factor within any emotion.

            You’re spot on about fear. We’re a species driven into the gutter by terror and my writing may be abysmal but there are very few people writing truth. We are not a species that welcomes competition, we’re a species of bullies and cowards that targets the weak and the defenceless. We pat ourselves on the back for disciplining a child to teach him to respect elders (and their capacity for psychotic bullying). NATO invades sovereign nation-states on the most ludicrous pretexts imaginable.

            Check out this 1 min video of a bully: Subway Bully. The really disturbing thing about this video isn’t the violence, it’s the reaction to the violence.

            You’re a fool if you imagine the world’s bullying problem is sourced from anything but the bullying of toddlers by infantile mothers. You’re doing a little projecting because you don’t want to get into the reason you wear clothes every day. I wish I was a better writer but you could do worse than face your fears and counter the logical arguments I’m making.

            Exclusive love = hate. That’s irrefutable logic. There’s no counter-argument possible.

            New Statesman: Russell Brand on Revolution

            “I chose the subject of revolution because the New Statesman is a political magazine and imagining the overthrow of the current political system is the only way I can be enthused about politics.”

          • Boopercat

            So true. When you go from wealthy to broke and from healthy to sick; or worse, your CHILD goes from healthy to disabled, THAT is when you realize that you had it good…no GREAT! Why do we have to learn the hard way? Yes, a lot of pain is imaginary. I used to think it was a “pain and burden” to clean house. Now I praise God each time I have the health to do so. I remember laying in the bed, sick for so long, and begging Him to enable me to do what I once considered a drudgery and waste of my time. Every blessing of life comes into focus when they are stripped away. I now just long for a second chance. To enjoy what I once complained about.

          • Humwit Bone

            The vast majority of suffering is imagined? you obviously are young, yet untouched by the pain involved in living. It’s easy to find the happiness, but hard to do the pain. You’ll see someday.

          • http://religionconfidencetrick.blogspot.com/ jonny

            I’m not saying it’s invalid. I’m saying it’s in the mind. A great deal of it is invalid and inflicted by mothers who tell children to feel pain when subjected to mean words.

            No one should be happy in a world killing 29,000 toddlers every single day. Wanting to be happy in such a world is a crime in and of itself.

          • Diana Wolfslag

            when you say ‘one’s suffering is imagined’ what do you mean by that? do you mean they have no reason to be unhappy because they are wealthy and beautiful and famous? Well… unhappiness in within a person regardless of what the outside world can think of that or see. How dare you say ‘imagined suffering’?

          • http://religionconfidencetrick.blogspot.com/ jonny

            No I’m saying no one has a reason to be happy in a world where “positive thinking” has been conflated by emotional Toddlers with [denial, delusion, fantasy, psychosis]. Reality is far more horrific than anyone has the capacity to comprehend.

            Suffering with empathy for a world of demonic sociopaths-in-denial preying on children with violence, lies and traumatic shame is perfectly valid, humane suffering.

            When I sneer at “imagined suffering”, I’m talking about the traumatised victims of evil mothers who condition children to associate imagined pain when they hear “adult words” or “rude truth” or take violent offence at humans having fun without hurting anyone.

            99% of human suffering is psychotic, infantile, imagined, non-sensory (senseless), invalid pain, narcissistic bitterness at a world that doesn’t pay the imagined debts owed to victims of their mothers’ Special lies of entitlement. Princesses who aren’t treated Right. Princes who aren’t treated with the respect they feel is their due. Creeps who scream in narcissistic rage when their delicate sensibilities are bruised.

          • Laura Schaum

            I think he means that our suffering is our choice. We choose to feel the way we do but we don’t necessarily have to give into that idea. Life is what we make it, we can choose to move on or we can choose to let the past or even present shackle us. Therefore it is, in a way, “imagined” because it does not have to be there, our minds put it there. I have been clean off heroin for 6 months, and i can tell you first hand that I used my “suffering” as a way to enable myself; to tell myself that it was okay to keep getting high as long as i didn’t have to feel the pain. I guess ultimately it is open to interpretation, but there is such a thing as “imagined suffering”.

        • completely disgusted

          You, people living in America, you should stop ‘helping’ anybody. Everything you touch turns to dust, every society you ‘helped’ by invading, or bombing, or arming the opposition, or assisting military coups, is now broken, while your corporations help themselves to their natural resources. Please stop helping. Stop your humanitarian interventions that leave only death in their wake. And instead take care of your own sick and poor, and fix your robber-baron era inequality and centuries-old racism.

          And read some books in economic history, global political economy, or international relations to understand what happens in other countries. Read reputable academics, not journalists or Hollywood actors. They are not going to self-destruct their high-paying careers by revealing the hidden agenda of your governments. Academics at least have tenure and don’t depend on their employer’s whim. How can you be so naive after US has invaded so many countries? It is beyond belief.

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  • Bob339

    Has it really come to this? A turd writing in the Speccie? Good night Marie.

  • jonny

    No one takes medicine recreationally. Not even the party-goers who would swear they’re happy and that they only use drugs to accentuate their happiness.

    There is one reason to use drugs. Pain relief. If relief from pain is made to be so hard to achieve; if the law is written to ensure that one must become a criminal to relieve their pain…you need to storm the legislature that writes laws that prohibit controls on controlled substances. Stretch some necks. The poisons aren’t blockaded. Prohibition prohibits only the regulation and controls; the purity, the safety, the ability to dose without ODing because today your medicine is half a dozen times the strength of yesterday’s which had been stomped down by the ‘chemist’ who imagined he was being shrewd.

    What are the addicts addicted to pain ‘relief’ going to do? Complain to the police? The stomping dealer smirks. The addict scores from another dealer who hasn’t stomped and promptly drops dead. The real murderers are smirking in Parliament. Medicine like Desoxyn (safe for treating children & pregnant women, according to the FDA) is blockaded. I haven’t tried but it must be impossible getting it through. It doesn’t show in the market on the other side.

    Awfully curious how the millions of grams of substitute poisons then navigate their way through the ports and airports and borders to find their way onto the government’s corners. The streets are open for business; only poisons for sale on the government’s corners. Only medicines incapable of breaching the blockade. I guess that’s part of the benefit of retaining controls on controlled substances but why is the government banning medicine, in the first place? Even more curiously, why doesn’t the government trust the psychiatric industry to dispense responsibly?

    I say, that’s a very thorny question innit? FWIW, I wouldn’t trust those creeps either. But the government should make up their mind; either the psychiatric industry can be trusted to dispense a medicine with potential for abuse or it cannot. If it cannot, why on earth does it have monopoly control over anti-psychotics, sleeping pills, benzos and placebos? Do you know how many of those can kill you (don’t forget the alcohol in your cocktail when making licit killer cocktails).

    No one ever died from Desoxyn. Yet the doctors who dispense Xanax freely cannot be trusted with Desoxyn? Is Parliament a bunch of Toddlers too stupid to write legislation that doesn’t reveal their treason? How does the old saying go…

    If you can’t spot the dummy, then the dummy is….you?

    • http://twitter.com/mscalora Mike Scalora

      When I hear about all the stupid whitehouse.com petitions (including pot legalization) I shake my head. Opening up Desoxyn would actually be a good one and one that Obama could use executive order to make happen. Someone knowledgeable on the topic (about all I know is what I heard on NPR [Planet Money?]) should start a petition.

      • Dartmouth ’11

        What’s wrong with weed? As a substance it can’t kill you. The only issue with marijuana is the way in which its consumed (smoked = risk of cancer). But too much Desoxyn (methamphetamine) can kill you. It causes strokes, heart attacks, as well as brain damage in high doses. It’s also rots teeth aka “meth mouth.”

        • http://religionconfidencetrick.blogspot.com/ jonny

          You’re getting Desoxyn (methamphetamine) confused with street poison sold as “meth”. It’s amazing how retarded everyone gets over replicas and substitutes and knock-offs.

          I can cut you a great deal on a Rolex and Louis Vuitton handbag here on Bangkok. Hit my PM box.

          • Dartmouth ’11

            Nice try, but last time I checked Desoxyn is still an amphetamine and unlike marijuana it can be deadly when abused. Those side effects I listed were taken directly from medical websites discussing the side effects of Desoxyn overdoses and by no means is the list complete (I can cite sources and additional side effects if you’d like). The only difference between Desoxyn (methamphetamine Hydrochloride) and its illegal street cousin is strength (i.e. addicts take more than would be “prescribed”) and purity (illegal versions have other drugs mixed in to create a better high or a cheaper product). The primary reason for legalization of weed is that even when abused the drug is safe. Besides abusing the drug (and suffering from those side effects I mentioned above) what benefit could Desoxyn serve outside of a controlled prescription environment?

          • http://religionconfidencetrick.blogspot.com/ jonny

            Provide your sources. Desoxyn has never killed anyone.

            The only difference between Desoxyn and its illegal street cousin is dosage and purity (illegal versions have other drugs mixed in).

            What other differences could there be?

            what benefit could Desoxyn serve outside of a controlled prescription environment?

            WWII was fought on meth.

          • Dartmouth ’11

            Here’s 3 sources:

            #1 http://desoxyn.net/ <– read everything. Then read the excerpts below.

            #2 http://www.drugs.com/sfx/desoxyn-side-effects.html – Applies to methamphetamine: oral tablet, oral tablet extended release

            Cardiovascular
            effects have included palpitations, tachycardia, and elevated blood pressure. Sudden death, cardiomyopathy, stroke, and myocardial infarction have been reported rarely.

            The results of
            case-controlled study indicate that methamphetamine use among young
            patients (less than 45-years-old) not only increases the risk of developing cardiomyopathy but also of developing a more severe form of cardiomyopathy. However, it has been suggested that myocardial pathology may be reversible with early cessation of use.

            #3 http://www.webmd.com/drugs/drug-9124-Desoxyn+Oral.aspx?drugid=9124&drugname=Desoxyn+Oral – Desoxyn oral Warnings

            Misuse or abuse of amphetamines may result in serious (possibly fatal) heart and blood pressure problems. Amphetamine-type medications can be habit-forming. Use only as directed. With long-term use, drug
            dependence may occur, which may cause withdrawal symptoms after stopping the drug. For weight loss,
            this medication should not be used long-term (more than a few weeks) and should only be used when other treatments have failed. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details.

            "WWII was fought on meth." That's because they didn't know its side effects and a soldier that doesn't need sleep and can fight harder for longer periods (eventually dropping dead of a heart attack) is preferable to a normal soldier. Steroids were used by the Germans. Doesn't make either good for you outside of a war zone.

          • http://religionconfidencetrick.blogspot.com/ jonny

            Nervous system effects have included overstimulation, restlessness, dizziness, insomnia, euphoria, dyskinesia, dysphoria, tremor, headache, exacerbation of motor and phonic tics and Tourette’s syndrome. Long-term neurotoxicity has been associated with methamphetamine (the active ingredient contained in Desoxyn) abuse.

            Everything has been associated. But if it wasn’t caused by Desoxyn, it wasn’t caused by methamphetamine. No other regulated sources of methamphetamine exist.

          • Dartmouth ’11

            You clearly don’t understand their wording or what meth can do to a body. They’re saying people who abuse methamphetamine (not street meth, pure meth) which is the active ingredient in Desoxyn, get those long-term harms. They’ve studied it pretty extensively in the past. Desoxyn IS methamphetamine by the way. It’s pure meth. The reason its safer than street meth is because its administered in controlled dosages under a prescription and doesn’t contain contaminants / other drugs like street meth. Legalize it (making it over the counter) and watch as people abuse it and die.

          • http://religionconfidencetrick.blogspot.com/ jonny

            I know Desoxyn is methamphetamine. You appear to believe there are other kinds. This is incorrect. There are toxic substitutes that may contain meth but what criminals illicitly cook up and sell as “meth” is not methamphetamine. Those with reason to hate methamphetamine are imbeciles or simply compromised. They use the effects of toxic street poisons to justify the ongoing ban on regulated medicine.

            Can abuse of pure methamphetamine be harmful? Probably, but I can abuse a fucking kitchen fork so what’s your fucking point? Clearly we should prohibit cutlery. Alternatively, we could remove the ban on regulation and controls and watch as people currently abusing the street poisons ‘abuse’ medication and regain control of their lives.

          • Dartmouth ’11

            Look, if your argument is that we should legalize all drugs (including meth) rather than criminalizing their unauthorized use, I’ll agree with you under a personal freedom, self-reliance, personal responsibility sentiment. But I disagree if you still believe Desoxyn is completely safe as you stated in your first and 2nd comments. Also street meth can very well be high quality methamphetamine. There’s very little differentiating it from Desoxyn after accounting for contaminants and cutting agents used to make the drug more desirable, pleasurable or cheaper.

            As for my main point, if you go back to where this argument began, I stated it makes sense to legalize weed because its not harmful and therefore doesn’t qualify for a schedule 1 restriction (unlike meth which is quite reasonably under a schedule 2 restriction and is actually dangerous). In other words the legalization initiatives on Obama’s website make sense because (unlike Desoxyn) marijuana is relatively safe, even when abused. It’s even safer than legalized recreational use alternatives such as cigarettes and alcohol.

            But if the government seeks to avoid overdoses and increased lethality from pharmaceutical drugs, complete legalization of Desoxyn makes little sense. Under the current prescription model, the drug is safely administered to those whom need it and is predominately used as intended (unlike marijuana which is a schedule 1 drug and isn’t legal at all at the federal level). But under an over-the-counter model the drug could lead to the same issues seen in hospitals and morgues across America from street meth overdoses. And this would all be the result of a few junkies wanting legalized meth rather than a real medical need (marijuana treats tons of things safely and without the side effects other drugs cause. Even under a schedule 2 classification its criminality would be substantially reduced and patients could receive the treatments they need in all states rather than the select few that have legalized the plant).

          • http://religionconfidencetrick.blogspot.com/ jonny

            There has never been a recorded death from Desoxyn.

            When my gf left me for street ‘meth’ many years ago, I spent tens of thousands trying to get Desoxyn through the blockaded borders and failed. It’s only available in US and such is the profit margin available to corrupt governments and organised crime, I would be stunned if there were any plantation-state that wasn’t controlled by organised crime syndicates largely funded by revenues drawn from markets flooded with the grotesquely-addictive toxic substitute. If you dropped me in any major city on the face of this planet, I could get you street poison ‘meth’ within an hour of clearing customs. I spent over 20k and couldn’t get my hands on Desoxyn.

            This is pure corruption. They can’t afford to allow the psychiatric industries of the globe to dispense a medicine which hasn’t recorded a single death. Those same psychs are handing out Alprazolam and anti-psychotics like lollies. I asked the Dean of Medicine at a large hospital (in a country where 4 million people are dying from addiction to the street poison) to explain the logic for controls on Desoxyn: “Fear of abuse potential due to its association with the popular street drug Meth.”

            He looked me dead in the eye as he said this. He didn’t blink or show any sign of awkwardness or discomfiture. Ice cool sociopath. They could save those four million people with Desoxyn but they won’t, and many more will die, because the addictive quality of the substitute poison is not an accident.

            It’s a genocide. You won’t be able to find me any verified studies that show Desoxyn is dependence-forming when used under the guidance of a qualified physician, either.

            I have no problem with pot but I think it’s ban has something to do with hemp’s commercial properties? No government should ever be able to give up control by Prohibiting regulation of a popular drug without heads rolling for treason. But people are too stupid, reduced to authoritarian imbeciles by shame, violence and lies…it’s all a stupid joke. A stupid bloody joke.

          • Dartmouth ’11

            So yes, you support full legalization. I’m not against that. There’s prudence in the current system and there’s another kind of prudence in a fully legalized system supported by the medical community. In its current form drug addiction is seen as a crime rather than a disease, so those at risk of death have few resources available to them to improve.

            And yes, if you take Desoxyn responsibly, following a prescription, its a great drug with very low lethality. And I also agree that there are other drugs that are more harmful that are legal. I also agree that money (i. e. congressional Lobbies) is part of the issue with high drug prices in the US.

            But again my main point was that marijuana should be legal because its nearly impossible to die from it even if abused. You can die from Desoxyn, though few do because its not nearly as euphoric as street meth, it’s heavily regulated as a schedule 2 drug and only mildly to moderately habit forming (with little detox symptoms). It’s probably even safer than alcohol which has life threatening detox symptoms; albeit solely for long-term alcoholics (not your average binge drinker).

            But as a replacement for street meth… I don’t think the government here has any interests. Unlike the Swedish system which literally treats addicts by giving them safe controlled dosages of their drug of choice (or approved substitutes) and slowly decreasing them over time or helps addicts resolve their addiction issues, the US criminalizes drug abusers. Quite frankly the US doesn’t even support obesity as an addiction or a disease (it can be either). I don’t agree with the US system and I can somewhat understand even sympathize with your point of view.

            But I think it’ll be a while before the US makes any improvements on this issue. The very first step would be to legalize non-fatal drugs such as marijuana, moving them off the drug schedule class system and proving that the world won’t fall to pieces with these things legalized. I think the system in its current form derives credibility from religion and other “moral” agendas which demean pleasure seeking and other old pseudo-scientific beliefs that have long been discredited. Also, quite frankly, people are going to use these drugs whether they’re legal or not. Millions use drugs each year (right now) and society hasn’t fallen apart but its worse than it could be. Legalizing these drugs and providing treatment would help remove the criminality and potential risks associated with drug use. Two improvements I’d love to see before I perish from old age.

    • cyllan2

      yeah he has a though life……my sympathies for his drug addiction……

    • http://www.facebook.com/ann.tipton.clemment Ann Tipton Clemment

      Agreement and yet disagreement. The poor unfortunates taking the drugs become incapable of functionality, and since the drugs coax each one to more use, eventually these persons cannot even go to work or school or keep up an interpersonal relationship of any sort. Legalizing it all is just not the whole answer. Even just legalizing it all as prescription medicine is not the whole answer. I think Russell is on a very good track….just don’t pick it up. Good for him.

      • jonny

        Turning unregulated poison into regulated medicine is always the answer. The reason the government doesn’t do it is grounds for revolution; illicit druglords have bought the governments of the world and they did it with the profits that come from Prohibiting controls and regulation. Or do you think Nixon really had Society’s best interests in mind when he created the second wave of Mafia (after the Great Experiment created Capone and all the no-names who are now legitimate)?

        Toxic poisons Justice has the nerve to call “meth” are killing children and destroying Society; all whilst Desoxyn (the 20th century’s penicillin) is sitting there quietly unused by corrupt psychiatrists who don’t use it on account of “the association with street meth”. So twisted and sick. One is meth. One is poison. Funny how everyone gets confused about branding and cheap knockoffs.

        Also, what happened to locking up people who have committed a crime? If you’re going to start locking up people because you believe they’re likely to commit a crime at some point in the rest of their lives, you’d have no politicians.

  • Nick

    Brand is an unfunny,up his own backside idiot.He is another of these talentless people who make a load of money for doing F all…..He reminds me of those TOWIE sub humans.

    • Paul Beaulieu

      Thank you for your thoughtful, insightful contribution to this discussion.

  • TheOtherTurnipTaliban

    Regardless of his unfunny comedy and tastelessness, I think anyone who has struggled with what seems like an unending, incurable, hopeless aching inside can empathise with the brief release some substances can offer.

    • Amber

      What’s the point in even adding the negativity? Was that necessary?

      • TheOtherTurnipTaliban

        …Because it’s true? What? Is the axiom of this article that we are only supposed to say nice things about him?

        • http://www.facebook.com/elisakingcat Elmo King

          “TheOtherYurnipTaliban” Yes.. saying nice things after someone writes something so honest is what kind people do ….What you said was mean… All you have are your negative opinions not “truth”….Truth is classy and has a way of speaking that brings light to pain giving it a safe environment to heal. You should re-evaluate your choice of words and consider the option of truth co-existing with SENSITIVITY …

        • Slow Clap

          If you have the smallest amount of class and any sense of timing, yes. Do you go to funerals and point out that it’s “true” that some guy was quite often a dick and now everyone is only pointing out the good things about him? Bravo, bravo. Way to make it all about yourself and how right you are and what you know at a clearly inappropriate time.

          • TheOtherTurnipTaliban

            The dude isn’t dead for a start.

      • http://twitter.com/Claudandus2 Photar

        Here here.

        • TheOtherTurnipTaliban

          That was precisely what I was aiming for Photar, well articulated. Unlike some other commentators here who have completely missed what I was trying to say.

        • Jesse Kaellis

          I used to have a job as a security guard and sometimes I would have to go to one of the six Fraser Health Hospitals on the lower mainland and watch over somebody who had been pink slipped for observation. They did something,, some kind of behavior and the cops brought them in. It takes two doctors to sign it off and they can be held for 72 hours for observation.
          These people might have been mentally ill or acting out on drugs or alcohol. I had to watch these people, usually under physical or chemical restrain, for twelve hours.
          “How come I’m here? I want a lawyer!” “A lawyer can’t help you. This is legal. Act normal, cooperate and you will get out of here sooner. Play the game.”
          I was only a couple of years into my own recovery at this point. “Things are bad but they can get worse, and you are headed that way.” THIS is compassion! Not the momma didn’t love me stuff.
          From the age of 13 to the age of 48 was a 35 year odyssey of drugs and booze for me. Use, abuse, and hard core narcotics addictions. People say that you have to understand that this is a disease in order to break loose. What worked for me was finally acknowledging that I couldn’t make it work, that it never did work and that it never could work, And that “I was headed that way.” The part where it’s bad and it can get much worse.
          I was never an addict? Because I stopped a meth addiction cold turkey on my own? If you say so. I’ll tell you what, where’s the empathy? Your a helpless victim? Or you have a choice? And you can take the fucking drama right out of it. That’s what makes the meetings so toxic , people reliving their degradation, because if a pathological fixation on the self that is behind addiction. No bad feelings for me, thanks. I’ll tell you what, when you get to that place where all you can feel is the deadness, the epiphany of despair, when you get there–the pain is better.
          As you grow in your recovery–I stopped growing as a boy, as a 13 year old, now I’m a 48 year old boy in a mans body. It takes a long time. I got ten years now. I’m 58.
          There is one single thing that I would endorse about a twelve step program. A day at a time. That’s good advice. The program isn’t all bad. So many assholes though. I’m sure they say the same about me, but, oh well.

  • The Shambolic Skeptic

    Who better than you to speak to the daily grind of addiction? I’ve known several who went there and never came back. Wonderful that you fought your way back and now great to you see you’re giving back.

    Nice one Russell.

    • Fergus Pickering

      Nope

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeff.freeman.581730 Jeff Freeman

    Reading this definitely makes me want to adopt Russell. Should anyone reading this know him personally, please let him know that he and all abstinent or non-abstinent heroin, cocaine, crack, alcohol or other-addicted folks are always welcome at the Beverly Hills Foursquare Church. Keep coming back! (By the way, this Sunday’s message is “Snow Day in Beverly Hills”… hmmmm……)

    • Daisytoo

      What?

    • http://twitter.com/Claudandus2 Photar

      It is so warming to know how many wonderful people like you are out there. Ok Im gonna stop now before I respond to every comment!

  • uberwest

    You only have to look at the kind of people who are involved in the production and transport of drugs to dissuade you from handing money to them.

    Taliban bigots in Afghanistan and Pakistan target the West with drugs as a source of income and to cause havoc in the UK via the associated crime wave. Latin American drug gangs commit the most depraved acts of violence against competing drugs gangs and any officials who get in their way, and Chinese chemists deliberately concoct designer drugs to get around our drugs laws.

    All drug dealers should be asset stripped and have their citizenship revoked where possible.

    • John Yohalem

      Ah the glorious Western traditions! Which go back to at least 1839, and the several wars the British fought against the Chinese, who wanted to prevent the import of opium. The Brits made a lot of money on opium; they forced the Chinese to accept it, and the Empire collapsed. Today, the Taliban and the Colombians and the Chinese are understandably cynical when the West protests at the drug traffic their addicts (often white collar) continue to fuel.

      • Anna Timmerbacka

        British tradition, not Western. Britain is just an island, so Opium wars is definitely not the tradition of the whole continent…

        Doubt it Taliban or Colombians know anything about Opium Wars either, I know that most of people in my homeland don’t.

    • jonny

      Please arrest your unfathomable ignorance; it saps the will of the sane to live when you assert insanity such as this to be true.
      ______________________
      On January 3, 2001 an ABC News story, posted on their web site stated, “Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Inam ul-Haq’s claim to have eliminated all opium plantations in Taliban controlled territories – reported by Agence France-Presse — seems to have been confirmed by a UN survey.

      “This development could have several important ramifications for both the geopolitical situation in the region and the world drug trade…

      “The center of world drug production will shift from Afghanistan, which accounted for 75 percent of world opium production last year, to Colombia and the Golden Triangle on the border between Myanmar (Burma) and Thailand.
      _______________________
      A February 16, 2001 AP story by Kathy Gannon was headlined, “Taliban virtually wipes out opium production in Afghanistan.” It opened with these lines:

      “U.N. drug control officers said the Taliban religious militia has virtually wiped out opium production in Afghanistan – once the world’s largest producer – since banning poppy cultivation in July.

      “A 12-member team from the U.N. Drug Control Program spent two weeks searching most of the nation’s largest opium-producing areas and found so few poppies that they do not expect any opium to come out of Afghanistan this year.

      “‘We are not just guessing. We have seen the proof in the fields,’ said Bernard Frahi, regional director for the U.N. program in Afghanistan and Pakistan. He laid out photographs of vast tracts of land cultivated with wheat alongside pictures of the same fields taken a year earlier – a sea of blood red poppies.
      _________________________
      On May 24, 2001 Barry Berak of the New York Times wrote a story entitled, “Taliban Ban on Drug Crops Is Working, U.S. Concludes.” Here are the lead paragraphs:

      “ELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan, May 20 – This has been heroin’s great heartland, where the narcotic came to life as an opium resin taken from fragile buds of red and white poppies. Last year, 75 per cent of the world’s opium crop was grown in Afghanistan, with the biggest yield sprouting from here in the fertile plains of the country’s south, sustained by the meander of the Helmand River.

      “But something astonishing has become evident with this spring’s harvest. Behind the narrow dikes of packed earth, the fields are empty of their most profitable plant. Poor farmers, scythes in hand, stoop among brown stems.

      “Mile after mile, there is only a dry stubble of wheat to cut from the lumpy soil…

      “But American narcotics officials who visited the country confirmed earlier United Nations reports that the Taliban had, in one growing season, managed a rare triumph in the long and losing war on drugs…”
      _______________________

      Then we all know something happened on 09/11/01.

      _______________________

      http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/2814861.stm

      3 March, 2003

      Afghanistan retook its place as the world’s leading producer of heroin last year, after US-led forces overthrew the Taleban which had banned cultivation of opium poppies.

      The finding was made in a key drug report, distributed in Kabul on Sunday by the US State Department, which supports almost identical findings by the United Nations last week.

      “The size of the opium harvest in 2002 makes Afghanistan the world’s leading opium producer,” the report said.
      ________________________

      What? I’m not suggesting a damn thing.

      • uberwest

        ‘What? I’m not suggesting a damn thing.’

        Shut your hole then.

        • http://religionconfidencetrick.blogspot.com/ jonny

          You clearly have trouble perceiving objective reality but when I said I wasn’t suggesting anything, it’s because nothing is being suggested. It’s been “proved”. I understand “proof” is just another opinion to those who do not value truth but if you were able to have your ignorance corrected you would not be ignorant.

          So I’m not really sure what Society is supposed to do with people like you but maybe mothers don’t really have an inalienable right to breed after embracing misogyny for life? They’ll just break minds in need of dependency before dumping the resultant liability on Society. I know where your aversion to truth is sourced and your mother’s obsession with deceit, sex and leaching should not have afforded her the right to do that to you.

          • uberwest

            Where’s this proof then? Neither you or any of your ancient quotes disprove any part of my statement. Mexicans are still being slaughtered in a grotesque fashion by drug gangs and pakistani drug dealers are still a blight on northern English towns like Bradford. Here’s a more up to date quote for you to chew on:

            ‘Afghanistan has long been the world’s leading supplier of opium, accounting for about 90 percent of global output.’

            http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/11/afghanistan-un-taliban-idUSL1E8KBAJH20120911

            You don’t even have the honesty to own up to your implication that ‘the war against Afghanistan was a bad idea because the amount of drugs they produced exploded’. As if we should just stand by and allow jihadis to blow us up and do nothing about it. Typical liberal puke.

            Why not drop your sneering, snotty, adolescent attitude and come up with an actual argument, for a change?

          • http://religionconfidencetrick.blogspot.com/ jonny

            The war in Afghanistan was to secure the poppy fields for the drug lords that dictate to NATO. The annual revenue from the global illicit drug market (which would be $0 if governments didn’t Prohibit regulations / controls) is something like US$1,000,000,000,000 (US$1 trillion).

            You know if there were 1 million new millionaires in South America every single year, or 1000 new billionaires, you’d think we’d hear about it. That money is going into the Western banking system to the C/O of whomever dictates to NATO. But then it is a problem of democracy (one of many); how can probity compete against that kind of money?

            The question you need to ask yourself is: “Why would jihadists pick a War with NATO?”

            One imagines they have their own domestics to terrorise? Of course terror has always primarily been a domestic concern. You can only be exploited by Your Own.

          • uberwest

            Wouldn’t it have been easier and cheaper just to grow the opium poppies somewhere else? And don’t you think that someone might have thought of that?

          • http://religionconfidencetrick.blogspot.com/ jonny

            I don’t think they had time. The Taliban took them by surprise, I suspect. I’m not privy to the reasons they chose not to pursue other options; I simply interpret facts and motive for brazen deceit. I understand they’ve since moved partial operations into Uzbekistan before handing back control to the Taliban; I cannot imagine there will be ban on opium production any time soon. But I’m speculating like a blind moron who only really has lies to work with. Limited analysis is possible because lies require motive but to pretend I’d have a clue about US national security classified Secrets would be farcical.

            Everyone knows the CIA’s history; it’s in the public domain. But for all I know, it’s all part of some huge strategy to wrest power from the creeps who’ve had a grip on pain ‘relief’ (and choirboys) for 1500 years. Wild speculation smacking of idealistic delusion but not as wild as it might seem; the Vatican and the US look to be on a collision course and whomever controls the US controls Supply for the global market of uncontrolled Controlled substances (used solely for pain ‘relief’ / feeling good; because to feel good is wrong).

            Feeling good is literally Prohibited by mothers on most plantations. They don’t like competition for “comfort”. This is a truly fucked up world of corruption that values ‘nice’ deceit and fears ‘rude’ truths. Only horror CAN ensue.

          • http://religionconfidencetrick.blogspot.com/ jonny

            This ABC News clip (2 min) basically gives you the answer to your question:
            http://youtu.be/wmJENSpdtW0

            “If the US burned their crop, farmers would blame the US for their poverty and turn toward the Taliban. And that is the new US policy; after farmers get paid, try to capture drug traffickers. These troops have confiscated 10,000 pounds of opium before the profit reached the Taliban. One day the US hopes to convince farmers to choose legal crops; until then, the seeds of insurgency will continue to be grown in these fields. NICK SCHIFRIN, ABC NEWS, KANDAHAR.”

          • uberwest

            So the poppy fields will be secured to grow cabbages, lettuce and such. Right. In the meantime an awful lot of that heroin does seem to somehow find it’s way into the UK via Bradford.

  • http://www.facebook.com/marci.rasmussen Marci Rasmussen

    Written with truth and knowledge of what addiction is about. Alcoholism is a shame based disease. Wishing Russell the best of the best in educating people with Comic Relief. Good on ya!

    • http://twitter.com/Claudandus2 Photar

      In a perverse way it does help knowing that others out there have experienced the same things as ourselves. Nice comment Marci.

  • hangmansknotinn

    The point Peter Hitchens rightly made, and that Mr Brand does not acknowledge, is that a person makes a decision to use drugs in the first instance. No one begins life addicted to smack, and if they didn’t go there to start with then our society would not suffer from such a rotten drug problem.

    Taking an illegal substance is a crime, the person knows that before they take it. That they become addicted and land themselves in a complete mess is no less a crime than it is for those unaddicted drug users who confine their usage to Saturday nights.

    If there were adequate policing and punishments for the possession and supplying of all drugs, then there would be a marked reduction of people involving themselves with in the first place.

    • RiotHam

      You obviously have no idea how reality works, which ironically makes you very similar to addicts and alcoholics.

      • jonny

        Not to be argumentative but have you considered the possibility that addicts and alcoholics know exactly how reality works, and it is for this reason that they are addicts and alcoholics?

        This is not a sane world. There is a surreal element to this reality that isn’t conducive to happiness for those who suffer courtesy of being humane, sane and retaining the human quality that is non-selective empathy.

        If you are living without pain in this world, you need to be arrested, charged and processed, billeted to hospitals where prisons used to be; where you will be forced to remain in convalescence until you become humane again.

        • Daisytoo

          I see what you’re saying, but cannot agree w/your conclusions. The ‘surreal element’ to reality is spiritual by nature – and this spiritual reality must be reckoned with truthfully – soberly.

          As an addict (in recovery) myself, I do believe this world is essentially tragic – although all of life – and certainly eternity is not. The only thing that makes sense in a tragic world is to love – not only despite the tragic nature of human life, but because of it. When addicts are active, we can’t love in a genuinely effective way. Of course there is pain in life; life is painful. We are fallen from grace. Human beings are charged to love despite suffering. It’s the only way we can be happy.

          • jonny

            I think your argument is much stronger below but only because I’m all-but-certain all our problems are the result of (the religious corruption of) a mammal mother’s love.

            Love (as practiced by humans) is needy, sociopathic and insane. It’s the opposite of caring humanely. I used to be a hopeless romantic and sentimental idealist; it was recipe for misery. I eliminated a great deal of religion’s emotional root-kits and became Selfishly humane once again.

            No need for love. No need for lies. No need for anything but Self. Until one has Self, one will be too needy to perceive Reality.

          • Daisytoo

            I’m glad that’s working well for you. Thanks so much for the exchange. Stay well.

        • Jesse Kaellis

          If booze and drugs work for you, then what’s the problem? People will do it–I did it for thirty five years with various substances and various levels of abuse and addiction. You know why I did that stuff? Acid, weed, booze, mescaline, MDA,, cocaine, crack, meth, Percoan, Valium–why did I do it? I liked it. You are a childish man. You are going to have a hard time in recovery until you own it. Own your choices.You are terminally special and that can kill you. Your choice but I avoid people like you, as though you are radioactive.

          • http://religionconfidencetrick.blogspot.com/ jonny

            I think you replied to the wrong person?

          • Jesse Kaellis

            I’m talking to you! Directly to you. When people talk about “reality” I have to laugh. What fucking reality? You’re just so sensitive that you have a built in excuse for using drugs?
            I was watching an interview on TV once, with booze hound Jan Michael Vincent. His looks were shot and he couldn’t get work in Hollywood anymore. Interviewer:”Why Michael, why? Why did you drink like that?” Pause, Jan, snorts, “Because I liked it!”
            That’s a good starting point. Your trouble may be that you are so inordinately comfortable that it is experienced by YOU as an emptiness in the pit of your stomach.
            And finally, pack in the melodrama, you’re embarrassing yourself. It ain’t that big. Even if you die behind your addiction–it ain’t that big. The world will carry on and even your loved ones will,, if you have any.

          • http://religionconfidencetrick.blogspot.com/ jonny

            You’re kind of babbling and clearly ignorant of the realities of the horror of this world of sociopaths. Clearly empathy is a foreign concept to you but there are more humane humans that feel the suffering of the world’s children. 29,000 toddlers are dying every day and they’re the lucky ones.

            10,000 broken grownup leeches are worth less in potential than a single uncorrupted child’s mind but then no one is worth anything when humans are enslaved by their own mothers.

    • Mandy

      Bullshit!!! Have a word with yourself!!! Yes people have choices to take or not take drugs or alcohol!! But to prevent addiction isn’t as simple as oh just don’t touch anything!! People don’t choose to be addicts!! Clearly u have no understanding of all this and until u do or can understand it my advise to you would be don’t try to discuss things you know f all about!!!!!

      • hangmansknotinn

        Well yes it is that simple, if you don’t touch it you don’t get addicted you fuck wit!

        • Mandy

          Well put it like this u go to ur doctor and he/she prescribes you with painkillers/diazepam etc what do u do?? Not take them because they are addictive and u could become addicted to them!! Doesnt work like that so like I said “bullshit” if it was that straight forward addicts and alcoholics wouldn’t exist!!! Ur right in what u said no one begins life addicted to any drug or alcohol everyone has a choice but the point is there are under lying issues as to why these people become addicts and alcoholics!!
          Stop spouting shit and shut up!!!!

        • Daisytoo

          Look at the studies w/regards to heroin using American soldiers fighting in Vietnam. Nixon set up Methadone clinics in anticipation of tremendous numbers of heroin addicts returning from that war. As it turned out, only those soldiers predisposed to addiction disorder became addicted to heroin while in Vietnam; those who weren’t used situationally and came back w/out any heroin dependency. Same as for those of us who can safely use morphine in hospital for pain management. Those who have addictive disorder will become morphine dependent, others will not. Addiction is not a moral disorder, it’s a disease – which over time, certainly degrades much that’s good and wholesome w/in a good person’s soul.

          I write this knowing pretty well that reality won’t amount to anything for you, but certain that another, wiser reader will learn something useful.

        • http://religionconfidencetrick.blogspot.com/ jonny

          Sugar is addictive. Caffeine, nicotine, alcohol; all addictive. Breathing is addictive. Women are almost all addicted to sex, burning their youths away painting themselves in preparation for getting high (it’s also why they need exclusive slaves to service them). Theres a lot of addictive things in this world but the greatest of all drugs of dependency is love. That drug kills so many…but only the lucky die young.

    • jonny

      When Humanity has put the last of _this_ kind of sociopath into the ground, the healing can begin.

      The point Mr Brand rightly makes, and that which sociopaths do not acknowledge, is that a person makes a decision to medicate away their pain. The pain is inflicted upon them by a sociopathic society that kills Humanity’s children at a rate of 20,000 under the age of five every single day.

      The question for the sociopaths should be, “Why don’t you require pain relief?”

      And if they cannot explain their absence of need; put the filthy, empathy-bankrupt vermin into the ground. All of them. They’ll start faking caring.

      And that’ll be good enough.

      • Daisytoo

        Again, one need not accept the projections of the socio-paths. And one need not hurl them back (to one’s own detriment). Instead, just gently as possible withdraw the projections. And know that the misuse of alcohol and other drugs only serves as a conduit for sociopathic projections. Putting down substances is what allows one to withdraw the arrows of heartless other’s projections from our own hearts. There is no way around this fact. And if you keep trying to skip over it, that skip will only cause more suffering.

        The purpose of one’s life is degraded when one only considers one’s own pain-relief in the face of human suffering as a first place consideration. Put another way, self-pity is not the same as compassion. And compassion, not self-pity, is what works.

        • jonny

          Compassion > Pity works because everything over the insanity that is Pity makes sense. DH Lawrence never saw a wild thing feel sorry for itself. But humans imagining they’ve got First World Problems are some of the most terrifying sociopaths alive.

          But Compassion doesn’t arrest the insanity of a world that kills 20,000 toddlers under the age of 5 every day. Compassion has never actually done much?. It’s a sentiment. Too easily used to mask the lack of doing anything. And in the face of that horror, a human feeling empathy that is not selectively felt (that’s how the sociopaths feel it) will be debilitated by it.

          And there stands Polite Society, in all its sociopath-friendly lies and offence at truth, with its ban on safe medicines in one hand and his other hand full of poison for those who suffer. Misuse of medicine is very difficult when there is no motive. Medicinal use of poison is impossible. All use is misuse. The caring sociopaths have structured it all that way.

          • Daisytoo

            I’ve only this to say: Love is a verb.

          • jonny

            Far too often, leeches trade emotional currency imagining that it has value when the truth is – once it is broken down – love has no value when it consists of lies.

            If love is a verb, you should be more explicit. When you are not, I am forced to assume you are trading ‘favors’ for what has actual, tangible value. You cannot trade [doing what you want to do] for [value] unless you’re honest. If you were honest, that would make you a prostitute.

            When you’re dishonest, that would make you a whore.

            This world is overrun by entitled whores who leech off men with their lies and raise misogynistic sons who are nothing but confused emotional Toddlers screaming the world insane with their imagined needy. We cannot sustain the leeching any longer. Emotional sentiment has choked the will to live out of Humanity.

          • Daisytoo

            “Love has no value when it consists of lies” That’s simply meaningless.

            As for love being a verb, love is not some kind of idea, nor is it a transaction performed for some sort of return. Love is selfless regard for one’s self or another’s well being. Love is conveyed by actions that promote well being in one’s self and others. All love comes from the same source. I call that source God.

          • http://religionconfidencetrick.blogspot.com/ jonny

            But no one needs (nor wants) your selfless regard. It comes packaged with needy liability. You’re just doing what you want to do and you try to sell it as a favour. No one wants to buy your approval, no one with value that’s for sure.

          • Daisytoo

            You appear to be committed to staying entrenched in your bitter sadness. I hope you change your mind. It will be worth it; you’re worth it.

          • http://religionconfidencetrick.blogspot.com/ jonny

            I am committed to truth and reality. You think men should be grateful for women but I am asking for Nothing from women or anyone.

            I demand Nothing.

            Why should I be happy with less?

          • http://religionconfidencetrick.blogspot.com/ jonny

            I’ve got a great deal to say but I’ll ask you why you imagine the love of a needy dependant is worth more than the friendship of 7 billion?

            The One and Only > Humanity? I think your needy hate needs to go into the ground or you’ll never stop disturbing the peace.

    • Daisytoo

      Apart from everything else you get wrong, there is this: “No one begins life addicted to ‘smack’.” Really?

      • jonny

        Aside from “crack babies” born to needy leeches, he’s actually correct. The rest must be made to suffer by mothers who need their children to be dependent rather than independent.

        Mothers shower children in emotional vitriol to make them needy. Mothers need to do this and we all know why; they have no value because they’ve spent their lives competing to be treated ‘Right’ (rather than to be treated as equals, which they do not want or they would say “Equal” instead of “Right”). It’s investment in illusions of beauty v investment in the value of their minds. When the illusions of beauty dissipate over time, women who’ve spent their lives being treated ‘Right’ have negative value. The only heroes in this world are spinsters with cats. We need to make their stoic voices heard. We need to silence the screaming needy lies of mothers.

        Without the illusory ‘value’ that is as limited to the price-manipulation generated by hoarding ‘favors’, when the Demand for their legs to split no longer exists, women who like to be treated ‘Right’ in exchange for their ‘favors’ (i.e. whores selling their body for treats) are forced to find a host on which they can leech (settle down) and bear children they can hold up as their new pretext for being treated ‘Right’. There’s just one problem. No child has ever needed a leech. The leech needs the child.

        Children do not need their mothers. Mothers need to remedy this ‘problem’ children have with independence. Mothers need dependency; they need to break their child’s independent, Self-reliant, rebellious, petulant, free will in order to make their children their needy slaves. Rather than make their children independent, mothers will make them dependent.

        Cue Love, Lies and Knowing Best (without the ability to ever explain their motives, or explain their logic, their reasoning – their obsession with “nice” over “true” – they cannot explain a damn thing). But it’s all been solved. Their non-tendered explanations are no longer needed. Here’s the answers to their leeching, needy existence of lies.

        The only counter-argument they can bring to bear against truth will consist of Christian Compassion. They will bring the only weapons they have; their (faux) concern and caring. They’re so sweet. They always want to know if I’m feeling okay, in my mind. Maybe I should get some mental help, they suggest. They advise my consulting a doctor of brains to fix my broken mind. But I don’t have “oppositional defiant disorder”. I don’t have “drapetomania”. I’m not one of their little boys they can cart to their partners-in-crime for a prescription in anti-psychotics, to fix the broken minds of boys who don’t do what they’re told when mothers put their foot down.

        These screaming leeches require humane care. They need to be rested in peace; it’s indecent to allow them to scream their invalid opinions at the world of impressionable children. They are the product of the same acid they throw at little girls who had no intent to leech and therefore, no need to lie. Until the acid is sprayed across their minds.

        It’s time to cull the whores who smear innocent little children with their lies. There is no “wrong” that does not hurt anyone else. There is no “right” in asserting otherwise.The greatest lie God ever told was that the biological desire generated by 50 million years of natural selection (sorry, intelligently designed by Him) was “wrong”. Feel that way and it’ll be a “sin”. Their nauseating insanity is beyond the pale.

        “Don’t be so easy”, the whores spraying acid will advise their daughters. “Men won’t respect you if you give them what they want.”

        That is quite literally true. It’s horrifying that we want what we cannot have, until we have it. Then we’ll want what we cannot have. This corruption has rotted through the core of Humanity. It’s unfathomable until you understand that men were boys once, with mothers that needed them…to suffer. Men will not respect women who are honest when they imagine that honesty is “needy” and deceit is “dignified”. Leeching mothers who fill their sons’ minds with lies about women and biology and sex know their sons will never live a happy life; that suits them just fine. They’ll need their leeching mothers for life.

        Grown men dying in cannibalistic slave wars are screaming for their mothers across this global battlefield of horror and misery and insanity (the products of imagined needy). They know their mothers relieve pain. This is irrefutably true and you cannot tell a boy-man otherwise, or he could literally kill you.

        Their mothers relieve their pain. What they’re not bright enough to question is why they were suffering in the first place. Mothers need children. They do not need children to be happy; on the contrary, mothers need children to be miserable or they won’t have need for the leeches who brought them into the world for one – needy – reason.

        Leeches need to lie to survive their diabolical fear of contributing or producing anything of value. All the horror and insanity and misery belongs to them. You start putting them down or you will pay the price when the non-renewable resources (needed badly enough to melt the polar ice cap and pollute the entire globe) start running out.

        Mushroom clouds. Beautiful mushroom clouds ridding this planet of our leeching, inhumane, needy species of vermin once and for all. We need not to need or we need to die.

        • Daisytoo

          Maybe it’s time to begin to let go of your resentment of your mother.

          • jonny

            Should I see a doctor of brains about my problem?

            I stopped resenting my whore mother the day I ran away from her needy to live on the street and put myself through school (she had Prohibited learning because she was The Perfect Christian). Without resentment, I leveraged her fears into leaving her religious Controllers and forced her to put all my siblings in school. I was fairly chuffed with myself but I was Thinking Positive which is insane. I should have been Thinking Accurately.

            My mother is a leech. She doesn’t want to contribute or produce anything of value. She just wants to sit around on her fat ass all day and breed child slaves.

            Without resentment, I refused to play corrupted religious games of attraction with her. I refused to fight her for Control of my siblings. I needed nothing from them and so I could afford to give them truth and Self whenever I could. The only thing I mostly lied about was the reality of their whore mother, whom they had been made to love (for no sane reason whatsoever and no mother in all of history has ever been able to explain why their children need to love them – in nature, it’s the other way around).

            She resented my telling my siblings to act in their own best interests all the time. She breeds children as extensions of her non-existent Self. She wanted them to act in her (demented) perceived interests; to worry about making her look good in the eyes of the creepy public she imagined was obsessed with her and her family when the truth is no one could possibly be expected to give a rats.

            In resentment, she killed them. They’re dead. Maybe it’s time for you to come up with a more sane argument for why you shouldn’t be put down.

    • Crocky

      I appreciate your point of view, but as someone who became an addict at the age of 7 in order to escape my pain (albeit, my addiction is to food and not drugs or alcohol, but it’s the same type of behavior), what kind of judgment do you think I really had at that age? I was hurting, I didn’t feel I could turn to my parents about it, because they were a main source of the pain, so I turned to something that always made me feel better: my mother’s baking.

      All these years later, I’m still struggling with letting go of the anger and the pain as well as those ingrained habits, but now as an adult, they’re my issues and far from anyone else’s fault. All I can do is make sure I do what I can to keep a healthy diet within moderation, abstain from my trigger foods (as well as the other addictions that I CAN abstain from), and do what I can to live a healthy life.

      Not everyone starts as an addict when they’re an adult. There are plenty of kids that end up starting young out there without fully developed moral centers of their brains in order to make informed decisions.

    • Melanie Witt Marnye

      Omg. taking an illegal substance is not a crime !! Buying it yes. Selling it yes. But taking it is not a crime. Just sayin. Good grief !!

    • Paul Beaulieu

      “The point Peter Hitchens rightly made, and that Mr Brand does not
      acknowledge, is that a person makes a decision to use drugs in the first
      instance”

      Actually that is not his argument at all. He said, and I quote: “I believe in free will. People take drugs because they enjoy it.” Note there is nothing about people taking it freely at first and then becoming addicted. For Hitchens, addiction itself is impossible because the very idea conflicts with his belief in “free will”. In other words, Hitchens believes his faith in “free will” trumps other people’s experiences and all the scientific evidence.

      “If there were adequate policing and punishments for the possession and supplying of all drugs”

      Yup, I suppose if you had the death penalty for drug use that would reduce the incidence of drug use somewhat, and if you increased the police force to, say, 10% of the population you might even make the policy “effective”, but at what price?

      • Paul Beaulieu

        By the way, do you believe that alcohol should be outlawed too? Because that is the obvious conclusion here. No one should ever touch a drop of alcohol, then they will never get into any trouble.

    • Tropical Sorbet

      What about alcoholism? Drinking alcohol is legal. Someone that has never drank alcohol doesn’t know whether or not they’re an alcoholic. Does this mean no one should every taste wine or a beer? As well as prescription drugs, also legal, and sometimes necessary. Addiction is a complicated and brutal foe to fight. If heroin and crack did not exist that doesn’t mean the world would be rid of addicts. That theory is narrow minded. Be grateful you don’t understand. You wouldn’t want to live the hell of addiction.

  • Annie Cooper

    It’s this, isn’t it.

    This challenge of knowing pain, of carrying what is impossible to shoulder….

    I find this to be extraordinary writing, this entire piece.

    This sits with me the most: “Her story is so galling that no one would condemn her for her dependency on illegal anaesthesia”

  • http://www.facebook.com/veganimalien Jon Brooks

    This is a groundbreaking book in the treatment of addicts by medical professionals – http://drgabormate.com/writings/books/in-the-realm-of-hungry-ghosts/

  • cyllan2

    i have seen this “man” talk….. and unless he passed english in the last week this is shadowed writing…..

  • cyllan2

    Brand writing on the spectator…..well…. do i have to even bother writing a job app to work here????

  • carms

    It’s so quick to judge isn’t it? Us with our superior perfect lives? perfect deeds, perfect behaviours and perfect thoughts? Who have so much to say! Heard of the saying ‘never judge a man because you never know what battle he’s fighting’ ? My ex was a heroin addict. Never knew it when I met him, he wasn’t a gutter junkie but eventually he came close. I felt in a big way that after 4 years of being together and having our child, that I never really ever knew him. I guess how could I, he wasn’t with me even if he sat right next to me. But I did see him somewhere behind the rolling eyes and scaring face I did see him a wonderful soul but a troubled child…..They say its normally the ones who are the most lonely, lost and torn souls but also at the same time some of the most gentle of souls who find an escape from the inner pain through drugs, Most of the addicts start when they really young too, lost deprived unloved young souls…. even hungry. Addiction is the result of a cancerous loveless, ignorant society with too many things and too little time. Take your face out your BB’s, hang up the phone, switch off your T.V.s step out the door and become part of the human race…….With your first step look up and then the first person you see with a fat smile say hello because he’s your brother, like it or not it’s a fact.

    • Daisytoo

      Not so simple as you seem to think … if love alone could bring someone out of this devastating disease, then parents who truly love their suffering addicted children would be crying tears of joy rather than of sorrow.

      • http://twitter.com/Claudandus2 Photar

        Harsh but true. The most determined paraplegic cant will himself to walk again and even the most well-meaning loved ones can do more harm than good with their love-intentioned but at times misinformed opinions and advice.

        • John Pitcher

          There is no comparison and it s rather distasteful to make one between a weaakness of will and a physical disability. Alcoholism is not a disease. Alcoholics are not disabled; they are weak. I was an alcoholic and very weak but somehow I found the strength to stop and mend my life. The pitiful approach of trying to excuse weakness by making it a disease only extends people’s suffering by giving them that excuse.

          • ddliner

            What a strong person you are, John Pitcher. You must be the envy of your family and friends. Too bad your teachers weren’t able to show you the correct spelling of ‘weakness’.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=631562921 Sarah Wilson

            Though I myself am usually a spelling/grammar nazi, I find it delusional to be so quick to condemn someone for one misspelled word while gently patting the heiny of a drug addict through thinly veiled sarcasm.

          • John Pitcher

            My (British) family do not talk to me and I have only two friends left in Britain. My Indonesian family don’t care as long as my pension is paid on time. Such is life.

            If all you can manage is a bitter little comment like that and the joy of spotting a spelling error I take it you are struggling with the bottle or are drunk at the moment.

          • http://twitter.com/ChristopherRed6 AllSeeingOracle

            What a pathetic person you are ‘guest’, and all you’ve done here is demonstrait how desperate some individuals can be when they see an opinion contrary to there own; do you feel so threatened and insecure that you have to pick apart the spelling of an argument rather than the actual argument, even when it is obvious that John simply double keyed the ‘a’ rather than mis-spelt?

            In anticipation that you need such a comfort blanket, I’ve mis-spelt ‘demonstrate’ for you earlier, and also used ‘there’ instead of ‘their’; happy now?

            If not, perhaps you can research whether I should have said ‘mis-spelled’ instead of mis-spelt’, and should there really be a hyphen? There is another grammatical mistake I won’t point out, let’s see if you can find it, but do you see how tedious and pointless you comment was?

          • tokoadv

            Peter Hitchens is a vocal adversary of mine on this matter. He sees
            this condition as a matter of choice and the culprits as criminals who
            should go to prison. I know how he feels. I bet I have to deal with a
            lot more drug addicts than he does, let’s face it, I share my brain with
            one, and I can tell you first-hand they are total nightmares. Where I
            differ from Peter is in my belief that, if we regard alcoholics and drug
            addicts not as bad people but as sick people, then we can help them to
            get better. By we, I mean other people who have the same problem but
            have found a way to live drug- and alcohol-free lives. Guided by
            principles and traditions, a programme has been founded that has worked
            miracles in millions of lives. Not just the alcoholics and addicts
            themselves, but their families, their friends and of course society as a
            whole.

            What we want to do with Give It Up is popularise a compassionate
            perception of drunks and addicts and provide funding for places at
            treatment centres where they can get clean using these principles. Then,
            once they are free of drugs and alcohol, to make sure they retain
            contact with the support that is available to keep them clean.

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          • http://www.facebook.com/1Torca Chris Thorn

            Correction John, if you were an alcoholic you ARE an alcoholic. One does not shed this moniker just because one puts the drink down.
            And unfortunately for you, pick up any book worth it’s weight and you’ll read that addiction is a disease.
            7 years of sobriety here and it’s only a drop in the bucket.
            But hey, thanks for coming out.

          • Wendy Kelly

            If this helps — addiction can be seen through a disease-model or not — there are several theories of addiction. But don’t you think that for the addicted person and for the support system around that person, we should allow each person his model and method of cure? Does it matter whether one person successfully rises out of addiction knowing it is a disease, and another uses a different model, and also successfully rises out of addiction?

          • John Pitcher

            You are right. There is no set best way of survival. For that reason I feel that the Brand approach of pushing the disease theory and a structured support system while worthy enough it is not the only one and if it repels you (as it did me….. who wants to be discussi your troubles with a bunch of drunks….. they are boring) you can do the job on your own. Because that is possible I cannot see how addiction is a disease. A disease surely needs treatment?

          • http://www.facebook.com/philip.ruggiero.9 Philip Ruggiero

            Really? If you managed to stop drinking on your own then you are not what classifies an alcoholic to the medical dictionary. If you stopped on your own then chances are you were just a person who drank a lot and then decided to stop eventually. True alcoholics are the ones who are constitutionally incapable of stopping on their own.

          • http://twitter.com/ChristopherRed6 AllSeeingOracle

            “Really? If you managed to stop drinking on your own then you are not what classifies an alcoholic to the medical dictionary.”

            Nonsense. There’s a medical dictionary which states an alcoholic is somebody who needs assistance to stop drinking?

            Please provide a reference or link to this mythical dictionary, or start posting facts instead of opinion posing as fact.

          • Jasmin Owen

            DSM…just google it and find your own link

          • John Pitcher

            That is not a diagnosis I recognise I am afraid and I can assure you was a very serious and physically addicted person.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joe-Bloggs/100003294751321 Joe Bloggs

            Enough of this word play about giving-up!

            Take the case of a person who drank a bottle and a half of whisky per day. The result was hallucinations, hearing voices, blackouts and falling down stairs. Trips to the mental ward as a hospital in-patient on a revolving door policy were also needed.

            Eventually an ulcer developed and a few feet of pickled intestines had to be removed – serious! The person then gave-up whisky. Does this mean that the whisky drinker was not really an alcoholic?

          • Jesse Kaellis

            Bullshit.

          • comment1

            I don’t really want to reply to anybody except Russel Brown, however I have to do it here. This world sucks and nobody can really understand an addict unless you have been there so fuck all yah all

          • Fergus Pickering

            And what are people who are constitutionally incapable of stopping at all?

          • James

            Don’t let your feelings of inadequacy allow you to project
            darkness onto those that suffer. Why is your success story of utter importance?
            Can you genuinely call it a success story? Your inclinations are insulting to
            others beliefs. Eagerness to dilute another souls self worth by means of
            implying weakness only provides a clear depiction of what you think of
            yourself. Sure, you kicked alcohol without the aid of structure, higher power,
            or cure. You have managed to succeed on your own. I am obviously being
            sarcastic….

          • Rachel

            @John, some people are capable of stopping to drink on their own – kudos to you for being one of those people, but I’m sure you are not without support. For others, the struggle is a bit too hard to do it alone and they shouldn’t be judged for following the system.
            Saying “you can do the job on your own” is very much what those that Brand is countering say – Addiction is not something that is “a problem brought upon” by the people suffering from it.

          • Jasmin Owen

            part of the treatment is going to the meetings. not all “treatment” means medication or surgery. it is not a physical disease but listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. now i hope that does not get you criticitizing further without getting more facts.

          • http://www.facebook.com/diane.aultman.3 Diane Aultman

            Agreed!

          • John Pitcher

            I agree and have said at the beginning that what works is what is best for an individual. My contention is that you can stop with help or by yourself but in my experience the people who recover the best are those who do it alone.

          • Luke

            What kind of AA meetings did you go to? Obviously not any of the 100’s of different groups and multiple fellowships that I’ve been to. I’ve even experienced and known many people in programs, support systems and other philosophies that support the opposite of what Brand brings up and I’ve never seen it produce truly SOLID results. I’ve seen them temporarily cover up the problem. I’ve seen people who realized over time that they didn’t belong and went on with their lives where they really didn’t have as hard of a time with moderation as strongly opinionated, unexperienced people in their lives had once convinced them that they did. I’ve had enough experience and known 1000’s who have become completely different people and not one of them was able to do it without grasping the disease concept and everything else that Brand has stated. Whatever science, etc. that is out there that says different has yet to become anything close to a threat to what I am certain of. You can’t take away my years of sights that won’t go unseen. I can call upon 100’s with my same experience who would gladly type what I have and would be just as certain of it.

          • Tanya Picking

            John, you are by no means an expert in the field of addiction. You are speaking only from your own experience. Twelve step fellowships have and continue to save countless lives. Think before you type- what if there was a struggling person reading your message, who CAN’T do it alone, like you were fortunate enough to do? Your words do nothing more but push people away from a solution that could save their life. Try not to be so ignorant.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jo-Ellen-Berryman/555418976 Jo Ellen Berryman

            Yep…. once a pickle …. always a pickle!!

          • http://www.facebook.com/william.butters.35 William Butters

            once you become a pickle you can never become a cucumber again.

          • http://www.facebook.com/jennifer.kelley.100 Jennifer Kelley

            I am a recovering alcoholic and I nearly had 6 years of sobriety under my belt. The bottle was sat in front of me and I was told, “we will stop you.” I should have listened to that very quiet inner voice that told me not to do it, I had worked to hard to lose it… I lost nearly 6 years of sobriety this time. Alcoholism is a cunning and baffling disease and all the love in the world does not cure it.

          • John Pitcher

            True. No love or concern by others will help. In the end it is you alone; the people who punt systems and rehab are often far too closely involved in the massive profits from such things. In the end you will face a relapse alone and win or you will always be relying on others to help in an emergency and that is no way to live.

          • Brek Lavee Long

            Sounds like someone is looking for attention..I am glad your have “cured” your alcohol problem..Maybe shouldn’t be hanging with actual alcoholics then and stirring the pot if you haven;t walked in there shoes how can you judge. Blessings John Pitcher.:) Maybe bow and gracefully step away from the pedastool.
            Brekelle

          • http://twitter.com/ChristopherRed6 AllSeeingOracle

            Russel Brand is the one who needs a stage and craves attention – do you throw the same accusation at him, or do you use it against those who disagree with you?

            Grow up.

          • Luke

            I’d like an accurate and thorough description of your experience on the matter, bud.

          • Luke

            By the way, you sound like Jonah Hill’s character in “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”.

          • Tanya Picking

            Thank you Brek!

          • John Pitcher

            Call me what you like and think as you wish; as I said in an earlier comment that did not get past the moderators (no idea why) what works for you and the beliefs that back it up are what matters. That you have stopped relying on alcohol is s good thing and how that was achieved is immaterial.

            There are many who generalise and pontificate on the basis of this book or that but addiction is an industry making large amounts of money. I could not afford the industrial approach so I cured myself. in as much as I stopped. Why I no longer drink is not just because I believe the chemical structure of the brain is altered by long term alcohol abuse but because I have altered my life so that I have no desire to escape reality.

            My view of how the whole process of addiciton in my case worked is this: I have a very high tolerance of alcohol’s effects; does that need to be defined as alcoholism? Perhaps; and if it floats your boat then call it that.

            If you have a high tolerance you need an increasing amount to get the effects and enjoy them. The catch is that as the amount increases so (I believe) does the chemistry in the brain and other parts of the body and that change is probably permanent.Is that alcoholism? Call it that if it makes you feel happy and helps your own position in some way: Be my guest.

            As for coming out! Everyone knew I was a drunk for close on thirty years of watching me destroy myself! I knew it too and admitted it frequently. There are NO rules in this weakness; everyone is a new case, but there are some commonly occurring pointers that are interesting and worth bearing in mind.

          • http://twitter.com/snehakoilada sneha koilada

            I am sorry, what is the difference between a weakness and a disease? Half the diseases we know of are psychosomatic in nature, caused by a ‘weak’ mind like you would put it. Just because this weakness or disease manifests differently, doesn’t mean it doesn’t need the same empathy and care by other people.

          • John Pitcher

            In my view the difference is that a disease is something like cancer that cannot be cured by an effort of will.

            I am not saying that empathy and care are not required for people who genuinely want to be cured and return to a full and independent life without alcohol.

            I am saying that in the end the addict will have to face their demons and what they have done to others and themselves during the years of drunkenness; eventually they have to do this alone To support someone making that effort is good and humane; it is not however curing a disease it is helping them to strengthen their will.

            The difference in assuming addiction is a disease is that, by that assumption, the person then has a get out clause: It is all beyond their control, as if they had cancer.

          • Ryan Patrick Maroney

            disease is defined as “a departure from health” it does not indicate that a departure from physical health only. (which alcoholism is very much a departure from physical health) or simply a departure from mental health, (again, the alcoholic and drug addict were lucky enough to hit pay dirt there too, it’s a mental disease, as well) just saying it isn’t so, doesn’t make it not so. but I know a circular argument coming on when I see one. for that reason I will step out now. if the only evidence you claim is your own experience, what is that to the experience of countless thousands who very much indicated the contrary to what you say. I meet but a few of you, and either you are not alcoholic or you are going to get drunk or continue to be miserable and drag into your misery anyone who will let you. and that is why I step out here, is because I am too close myself to a drink and would slip into your misery and make it mine. adieu

          • http://twitter.com/ChristopherRed6 AllSeeingOracle

            Disease is defined as “a departure from health”.

            So a broken bone is a disease?

            Below are just a couple of cut & pastes from Wikipedia, with references for those who would dismiss Wikipedia itself.

            Neither of the paragraphs ‘prove’ that alcoholism is not a disease and to try and prove it one way or the other is foolish given how many experts in the field cannot decide amongst themselves.

            All I’m doing is showing that those who state with conviction that alcoholism is a disease (and that those who dispute this are obviously ignorant) are simply expressing their subjective opinion, not an objective fact, no matter how much it may suit them to claim otherwise.

            “A survey of physicians at an annual conference of the International Doctors in Alcoholics Anonymous reported that 80 percent believe that alcoholism is merely bad behavior instead of a disease. (Barrier to Treatment. Alcoholmd – Information About Alcohol and Medicine)

            Dr. Lynn Appleton says that “Despite all public pronouncements about alcoholism as a disease, medical practice rejects treating it as such. Not only does alcoholism not follow the model of a ‘disease,’ it is not amenable to standard medical treatment.” She says that “Medical doctors’ rejection of the disease theory of alcoholism has a strong basis in the biomedical model underpinning most of their training” and that “medical research on alcoholism does not support the disease model.” (Lynn M. Appleton. Rethinking medicalization. Alcoholism and anomalies. Chapter in editor Joel Best’s Images of Issues. Typifying Contemporary Social Problems. NY: Aldine De Gruyter, 1995, page 65 and page 69. 2nd edition”

          • http://www.facebook.com/fred.vanatta.75 Fred Van Atta

            as hiv/AIDS. herpes, sicle cell anemia, and hemophelia are incurable by any known means of drug or surgery are they not disease? alcoholism drug addiction are not curable either but like the maladies listed above they are treatable.

            it is believed that the disease of alcoholism, if you will allow me to call it such, centers in the mind. it is also believed that alcohol is but a symptom of deeper issues. a sickness of the spirit if you will.

            many times alcoholics suffer from a variety of untreated issues: depression, bipolar mood disorder (myself included), schizophrenia. they find a “cure” in drugs/alcohol, by form of self medication. And it works! for awhile, for sure. alcohol is a cure all, a miracle for modern medicine been with us since the dawn of time. good day, bad day, head ache stomach ache, bad breakup, 25th anniversary, throw some whiskey on it to take the pain away or make the feeling stay. eventually the alcohol stops working. men and women no longer drink of desire they drink of necessity, and untreated are liable to end up jailed institutionalized or dead from alcoholic black outs, cirrhosis of the liver, withdrawal seizures, drunk driving accidents, drowning in their own vomit…

            any rational person, normal person, faced with these possible outcomes would discontinue the drink all together or reign it in to a manageable level, i.e. moderate, believe please, without doubt, that is all we alcoholic could ever hope for, the ability to drink like other people. but for any true alcoholic there is no such thing as one drink let alone two. have you heard the saying that “one is too many and a thousand is never enough”? that would be stating it lightly. i have one drink and forget all about the wrecked cars, lost jobs, ruined relationships, and repeated trips to courtrooms on multitude of charges. i return to tapping that keg from sun down to sun up and consequences be damned!

            i/we, those of alcoholic nature, suffer from an allergy, a phenomena of craving. i can take coke or leave it and i have done plenty. i couldnt give two shits for heroin,haha there is a joke in there, ive tried it and didn’t like it. as much as i love marijuana if i run out it is not the end of the world and the only thing i might die from is compulsive overeating. but one beer and the game is over. go figure, mericas pastime. “grab some buds with some buds” and i cant have a drop. if it doesnt kill me i will likely wish it had.

            the only resolution i have been able to find, and ive searched, is working with other alcoholics, the making of personal moral inventory, making amend for the wrongs i have done others, prayer and meditation. go figure. no drug, doctor, or surgery could ever fix me completely.

            i take medications for my bipolar disorder. to keep it in check. i exercise to keep the flab and lethargia at bay. i try to eat right, as well as most. and i am, at present, not drinking for today. that is all any of us have. tomorrow may never come. and today i am happy.

          • http://religionconfidencetrick.blogspot.com/ jonny

            What’s the malady called where you are suffering because you live in a world where everyone is maliciously lying, killing children by their millions to keep products cheap, creating misery to provide the illusory Demand for their ‘commodity’ (comfort or pain relief), destroying the planet without liability for the most noble pursuit of consumption, etc?

            What’s that malady called? The pain from which one might seeking to relieve without having the capacity to understand why they’re suffering?  If someone is in pain, why would you haggle over whether or not their suffering is caused by a disease? Just give them painkillers. What are you, sociopaths?

            That would explain the haggling though, wouldn’t it?

          • notagain

            I will never understand the big debate about it being a “disease.” Who cares what anyone calls it, the fact remains, it’s killing people, more than almost any other disease out there. More than anyone can even put a number on because the obit rarely reads that they died from alcoholism/addiction. The model for the traditional 12 step program works better than anything else that’s ever been tried to help those who reach out for help. Why crap on this? Why tear down people who are reaching out for help from something they cannot control any longer? It’s dangerous to do so. Because for me, I couldn’t care less if you think I’m weak and needed the help of someone else. I live a reasonably happy life today. What I do care about is belittling and attacking those who are still out there and too ashamed because there are people calling them “weak.” They are the ones who hear this and may not be able to reach out because of the shame some people attach to their “disease” or whatever damn word someone wants to call what they are suffering from, and that equals death for them. Disease or not, death is imminent unless they stop.
            If you are someone who has quit on their own, great. Go be joyous and free. I am one who needed the help of the boring people who sit around a table each night, reaching out to help others. I won’t belittle anyone for needing help. I will not call them weak-willed for needing help, I will just help them, lest I watch them die. I’ve sat around the tables for too many years and watched too many friends and loved ones die to want to do anything else.
            I am grateful I am not one of the “lucky ones” that could stop on my
            own. If I was, I would live a lonely life, stuck in limbo between a
            life I once lived and a life I’m not sure how to live. I have an
            amazing fellowship, and for that, I am eternally grateful.
            I’m grateful to all of those who came before me and helped me see a way out of the Hell I lived in each and every day. I could not see a way out. But they had found it and they showed it to me. I pray I will continue to be able to show it to those who are also searching for it.

          • Gideon Waxfarb

            ‘I will never understand the big debate about it being a “disease.” Who cares what anyone calls it’

            I think the issue is that by calling it a disease, that might give people the impression that they have no control over it, giving them an excuse to continue with the behavior. ‘Well, I can’t stop because it is a disease; I’m sick.’ I don’t think it’s a disease because a disease is not usually something you cure by simply exercising self-discipline. And that’s really what is needed here, whether you need help from others achieving that goal, or you do it all on your own.

          • notagain

            It should also be noted that what you’re quoting is from 1995.
            And here is what was left off from the very lengthy wiki entry.
            “Many doctors have been loath to prescribe drugs to treat alcoholism, sometimes because of the belief that alcoholism is a moral disorder rather than a disease,” according to Dr. Bankole Johnson, Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Virginia.[44] Dr Johnson’s own pioneering work has made important contributions to the understanding of alcoholism as a disease.[45]
            Certain medications including opioid antagonists such as naltrexone have been shown to be effective in the treatment of alcoholism, although research has not yet demonstrated long-term efficacy.[46]
            Frequency and quantity of alcohol use are not related to the presence of the condition that is, people can drink a great deal without necessarily being alcoholic and alcoholics may drink minimally or infrequently.[2]

          • http://www.facebook.com/jacoba.bliss Jacoba Bliss

            It is a disease. Don’t be ignorant. It is a medical diagnosis. It is a disease because it is a progressive illness that will alway get worse without treatment. It it were a matter of weakness or self will then addicts and alcoholics would just quit.

          • John Pitcher

            If it was a disease it would be able to be cured by drug treatment or surgery.

          • Kerry

            Good for you John, for making that CHOICE not to be an alcoholic! I’m right there with ya buddy….cancer is a disease! Those who have it do not choose to get it. Screw what the Psychology books say! That’s the problem with America…just because you read it in a book doesn’t mean it’s a fact! Merely an opinion!

          • Ryan Patrick Maroney

            I am glad I know that opinions are neither fact nor are they truth.

          • John Pitcher

            Cheers Kerry.

          • http://www.facebook.com/philip.ruggiero.9 Philip Ruggiero

            Wow, you must have been dropped a little to many times as a baby, huh John? You should probably educate yourself on alcoholism/addiction before making comments like these.

          • http://twitter.com/ChristopherRed6 AllSeeingOracle

            Grow up Philip as your ignorance might be contagious, just like a disease. Amazing how many clowns come on here suggesting John should get educated when all they do is demonstrate they believe any crap that gets published.

            So Philip, educate me and the 70%/80% of GPs and health professionals who don’t believe alcoholism is a disease.

            What are your medical qualifications to educate them?

          • Chris Schruth

            Exactly where is your source for 70-80% of GP’s not believing alcoholism is not a disease?
            Addiction is “not simply a behavioral problem involving too much alcohol, drugs, gambling or sex,” the American Society of Addiction Medicine declared this week. Instead, the society notes, “Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry.”

            In other words, addiction is not just about the actof raising a bottle to the lips, drawing deeply on a cigarette or bingeing guiltily in chocolate bars in private. There just might be something amiss in your head that compels you to behave that way.

            “The disease is about brains, not drugs. It’s about underlying neurology, not outward actions,” said Michael Miller, past president of the ASAM who oversaw the crafting of the society’s new definition, in a statement.

            No kidding. Well do I recall that time as a kid when I caught my mom crawling around on all fours with a herniated disk trying to find a cigarette somewhere in the house. Out of intellectual curiosity I asked her (kids are so cute) whether — right at that moment– she’d rather have a huge bowl of lovely ripe strawberries with lots of sugar and lashings of whipped cream all over them or a stubbed-out cigarette covered in mud rescued from a rainy gutter. “The cigarette end,” she said, and shot me a dark look.

            “This is the first time ASAM has taken an official position that addiction is not solely related to problematic substance use,” a statement from the society notes. The association’s new definition of addiction can be read in its entiretyat the ASAM website.

            The move would seem not exactly radical. Neuroscientists have been saying for years that addiction is a chronic disease of the brain. There are stacks of studies to back up the chronic-disease theory – changes in brain circuitry, changes in the way that genes in the brain are turned on or turned off. Some of these changes may persist for years – possibly forever — even after a person has given up a habit.

            But just because something’s widely accepted professionally doesn’t mean it’s widely accepted out there in the world. At the website of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, you’ll see colorful PET scan images that attempt to drum home the point: One is of a normal brain and one of a cocaine abuser: metabolically, they look quite different. Right next to that pairing is another set of images, of two hearts – one healthy, one diseased. Again, the images look quite different. There would be no controversy over declaring one of the hearts physically diseased. That can’t be said for addiction, even in the face of all the evidence.

            To craft their statement, the American Society of Addiction Medicine received input from 80 experts and consulted with the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The process took four years.

          • Tanya Picking

            Thank you Chris!

          • Ryan Patrick Maroney

            just like cancer can be cured by drug or surgery, right John?

          • John Pitcher

            No. Confusing physical disease with psychological weakness is a false premise.

          • Briar Hersom

            Can the group not agree to perhaps meet somewhere in the middle? Ultimately, it IS a choice, but that does not negate the physical/mental/emotional dependence from the body and mind that addiction brings

          • http://twitter.com/ChristopherRed6 AllSeeingOracle

            Seems like you’re getting a lot of flack here John for expressing an honest opinion, an opinion based on personal experience. If others wish to express an opinion contrary to yours that’s all well and good, but when they feel the need to accuse you of ignorance whilst demonstrating their own lack of understanding they should perhaps do some more reading up on the subject. If they did they would be able to read about ‘The disease Theory’ of alcoholism, not any proof of it, so even amongst academics there is real debate.

            In Russel’s article above he states “Soon I could no longer see where I ended and the pain began. So now I had a choice.”

            Well, if he is an alcoholic/addict he would not have the choice would he? He would not be able to help himself and he would buy drugs/alcohol.

            Russel admits he has free will, and if addiction was a disease like cancer you could not just decide to over-ride it.

            I accept that some individuals have addictive tendencies, and that for them it is far, far harder to ignore the call of drugs/alcohol, yet they will always have free will – it is not a disease, in my opinion.

          • John Pitcher

            I agree with all you say here.

          • Guest

            because all diseases can be cured, right? That’s why people only die from car accidents, gunshots and bear attacks. Cancer, addiction and HIV are made up by the media.

          • John Pitcher

            Addictions are psychological weakness that can be cured by the exercise of will-power. The things you mention cannot be cured in this way.

          • Jonah Scher

            Actually, alcoholism can be cured through a medically induced coma. It is therefore a disease.

          • Rachel

            John, we can’t cure the common cold, HIV, Cancer, MS,etvc. Does that make them not diseases?

          • Nicky Bertram

            Cured by drug treatment… That did make me chuckle.

          • Terry Crane McDonald

            So, pancreatic cancer is not a disease?

          • Chris A. Davis

            You mean like they cured Diabetes.

          • Fergus Pickering

            Oh come, come. Plenty of diseases are incurable.

          • Tanya Picking

            You have sooooooooooooo many issues that could totally be worked out in a 4th step.

          • http://twitter.com/ChristopherRed6 AllSeeingOracle

            It is not a medical diagnosis and the vast majority of GPs do not regard it as a disease. Not my opinion, this is the result of numerous polls taken amongst GPs and medical professionals.

          • alex

            Please tell me where you got the statistic of 70-80% of GP’s and “health Professionals” dont believe alcoholism is a disease. if you dont believe any crap that gets published. Are you saying you have done an independent study? As you probably know GP stands for General Practice, which specialize in the physical body. why would you send an addict who wants to get clean to a GP, so he can get a check up? so he can get some more meds that he can get addicted to? therefore why ask the opinion of a GP. Im sure if you did he would only refer you to a psychologist, to a person who has spent their life educating themselves on how the human brain works and understanding what it is capable of, we still to this day dont know the full extent of the human brain and how it operates. Maybe if you took the same poll amongst psychologists and “brain specialist” your findings would be different.

          • Luke

            Thank you, Alex.

          • Luke

            Do you believe that allergies are diseases? Well they are. An allergy is classified as an abnormal reaction by the body as a result of exposure to an outside substance(physical matter in case you’re butthurt about PC) which cannot be cured. The mind is part of the body and the fact that there are separate medical fields for it doesn’t take away from that. Therefore the unique response to alcohol/drugs within addicts/alcoholics, as opposed to others, classifies as a disease. You don’t need studies dude. Go befriend people who are practicing effective principles for recovery and then go befriend people who are lost in addiction/the bottle.

          • John Pitcher

            I was an addict and I just quit. I am not saying it was easy but it is possible because I have done it.

          • Luke

            So you’re saying that you ARE 100% convinced that it’s a matter of will-power and then you follow up with saying that you JUST quit. As in recently quit? I’d like to see a detailed and accurate explanation.

          • http://www.facebook.com/deke.haylon Deke Haylon

            The undertone of anger in your words compared to the gentle centeredness of Russell’s shows us the difference between what he believes and what you judge.

          • Paul Beaulieu

            While I sympathize with your story I am not sure what your distinction between “disease” and “weakness of will” actually amounts to when it comes to things like alcoholism. If you felt physically ill unless you could get a drink, were your symptoms merely caused by a lack of “will power”? Of course, people need strength to overcome alcoholism and the fact that you have is admirable but it takes strength to overcome many forms of adversity, including illness, and those who struggle against adversity need our support, not our condemnation.

          • http://religionconfidencetrick.blogspot.com/ jonny

            Humans are addicted to pain relief. It is not those who are in pain that are in need. Those who are inflicting the pain with their unconscionable lying need to be made to stop.

            Lies are painful. 99% of suffering isn’t needed but maliciously inflicted on the Decent by the Indecent (who breed life upon being forced into retirement). They don’t work but it’s hard work not working.

          • Jasmin Owen

            you may have quit alcohol but you still have the “Ism” in you.

          • Luke

            John, no alcoholic will ever benefit from you. I promise you.

          • http://religionconfidencetrick.blogspot.com/ jonny

            Have you considered the possibility that their pain is not caused by a weakness of will (as in your case) but from childhood trauma sustained (and ongoing suffering imposed on the Decent and the Kind by this world of sleazy, needy creeps)?

            This world abuses the innocent and then tells them it’s their fault they were abused. But I dunno, was it really your fault that you wanted to innocently play without being restricted by clothes needed to conceal Society’s shame of biological purity? I see from your picture that you’re still suffering the debilitating effects of PTSD, but then aren’t we all?

            You say your mental legs were merely broken and now you’re back on your feet (arguably). How does that assist those whose mental legs were amputated?

    • http://twitter.com/Claudandus2 Photar

      That was a beautiful comment. I truly hope your ex is doing better now. He didnt realise how lucky he was to have such a supportive partner but unfortunately – as you would no-doubt know – all your desire to help is for naught if we dont admit to ourselves we need help.

    • Matt

      I love it! Thank you!

    • Jesse Kaellis

      Oh, sure–blame society.

    • Jessica Arnesen

      @ Carms, Addiction is not a 2014 digital era problem, addiction comes from the very beginning of life. When there were no computers, maybe even among very literatured society, not ignorant, just fools, when there where no T.V’s and no phones, addiction existed. And sometimes very well loved people take the wrong path, and is not necesseraly for lack of love that one becomes an addict.

  • ians

    Excellent article. Delighted that The Spectator has published such an informed and enlightening piece. Abstinence-based recovery is the only method I have seen to work and I wish Russell all the success in the world in raising funds for treatment that not only benefits addicts, but also the ir families and wider society.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sarahjanesamuelson Sarah Samuelson

    Read parts of his book – surprisingly gifted writer as this shows. Brilliant piece on power of addiction.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Thommy-Berlin/1608946563 Thommy Berlin

    oh my. If it wasn’t the taliban it would be (and likely is) tories and republicans. Anyone vocal about keeping drugs illegal. As any junkie knows, prohibitions don’t work., and all addictions go they same way.

    • jonny

      You can always determine who is involved in the illicit drug trade in any democratic plantation-state by simply waiting for them to identify themselves.

      If they’re calling for Prohibition, they are demanding the Prohibition of Controls and Regulations – there is only ever one (1) reason for a politician to do this, and in a sane world their necks would be stretched.

  • http://www.facebook.com/michelle.ovaitte.9 Michelle Ovaitte

    Great article. Russell is a fantastic writer.

  • Sop2013

    Great Message! Impressed with your Honesty and train of thought! I personally found this a very inspiring article for numerous reasons and I will probably look out for articles by Russell Brand now that I know what a capable writer he is

    • tsav21

      Turn to Jesus, not drugs and booze to “fill the hole in you”!!! Great article.

  • Leigh Range

    I cannot thank you enough for writing this, and for explaining the grip of addiction so clearly and rationally. My 17 year old son has battled addiction for 4 years now, and it’s a horrible beast for each of us in our own ways. I will never fully understand his pain, just as he will never fully understand my pain as a parent. However, every time I get a clearer view into the mind of the addict, I understand him more. I wish you could be his person to call!!!

    • Daisytoo

      Alanon can be helpful.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jacoba.bliss Jacoba Bliss

      You never know, he may experience your pain but will you experience his? I pray your son finds sobriety and doesn’t have a child of his own who suffers from addiction.

  • http://www.facebook.com/toni.brittondafeldecker Toni Britton Dafeldecker

    Love <3

  • http://twitter.com/Claudandus2 Photar

    Thankyou thankyou thankyou. We must accept responsibility for our actions but you are the first celebrity who has identified the REAL plight of drug-dependent individuals (sorry just HATE the word addict). The stigma and ostracism are horrible things to deal with and people have a weird sense of altruism if they believe belittling and humiliating sick people is a way of helping them. I was absolutely humiliated when I went to buy codeine at a chemist and she admonished me at the top of her voice saying she knew Id been at a pharmacy previously that day because she saw me. My issue was the over the counter painkillers. And simply quitting them doesnt erase the memory of how easily they push both the physical and psychological pain away. I am a high-functioning school-teacher with two beautiful children. Doctors themselves said I dont fit the traditional drug-addict demographic so real ‘help’ will elude me if I dont just lay it all bare and be honest to myself and to everyone about the reality of my problem. You CAN do it guys.Ask for help from those who specialise in helping those with these issues. Dont let (at times well-meaning) advice-givers detract from your goal of succeeding – and if they try – tell them the truth. Tell them “Sorry, but for me this is now a matter of life and death”. God bless Russell.

  • http://www.facebook.com/vicjudge Victoria Judge

    I couldn’t believe the negative response I got from people when I reposted this on FB. People thought he was PROUD of his addiction. People were judgmental and full of scorn. People reveled in their self-righteous condemnation. Smugtards. Deleted them all.

  • Martinus_Scriblerus

    I am also an abstainer. After nearly 17 years I still long to fill my lungs with hot relieving smoke or indulge the long velvet slake of the deep thirst that will always be with me; and that longing, having dipped for the first years of refraining seems to have increased again over the last few. Even at so long a distance at the cellular level my body remembers and yearns. My friends (those few I have left), who, misguided, marvel at my will, think it would be a cinch for me to just have an occasional puff or the odd glass: how little they know the truth that for me one glass will always be too much and one barrel never enough. Brand is right: abstinence is the only answer to addiction. Once you have crossed the threshold of excess into habituation you cannot go back to occasional use. The body is transformed by the habit. The prediliiction to addiction if you have it, once triggered into actuality cannot be switched back off. After addiction however there is only death or abstinence. But is it a disease? I’m not sure. After all if I get pneumonia I haven’t gone down the pub and bought it, nor have I skulked around Finsbury Park trying to score it… With my drinking and drugging I sought it and having sought it I persisted in it until I was no longer able to control myself so I had to forego my habits (no longer my pleasures) or expire. At first I indulged to enhance the pleasures of life by replacing anxiety with joy, but very soon the indulging itself became the pleasures of life. This seeking and persisting was a choice of mine that I could never have exercised in the same way in relation to pneumonia or cancer or the flu. I sincerely wish that I had never begun on the road to drink and drugging, but the fascination was there from an early age and once I was within the proximity of indulgence there was no stopping me. Could I have chosen not to? If advertising and Hollywood had not portrayed alcohol so seductively? If the landlord had refused to serve me underage as he should have done? If the counter culture had not made drugs seem like nirvana? If the dealers and traders had all been locked up unable to pander to my inchoate desires? If I had met a friend who knew, or fallen in love such that it took me beyond it, or found Jesus… If… too many ifs to mean anything. The fact is I succumbed and having succumbed I at least found my way out the other side with everything left to live for and I know I can never go back again.

  • Emily

    Thank you Russell, I finally understand.

  • jenn

    Well written and honest. It is heart breaking to experience and to see others in the throws of addiction. I have seen people that I love die with it and because of it. For most of my life I waited, hoping that one day they would realize all of the love they had around them and they would let go of what was killing them and choose life. Waiting until one day I realized, that day may never come. And it didn’t. I chose to love anyway, because I wanted to. But it was at more of a distance than I would have liked and always painful. Every decision we make in our moment to moment lives effects the world. Every time we turn away from the world and choose the blur, it is one less person who could be bringing love and kindness into the world. And that is the saddest kind of loss I can think of because this is or can be an amazing life.
    Painful, yes but also a wonder to behold.

  • Scarrzz

    I only understand in bits and pieces. I’ve never tasted an alcoholic beverage or smoked a cigarette or even cursed, at all. I believe if I let myself start down that path, forever would it dominate my destiny. My grandfather was a mean drunk and I swore an oath never to touch the stuff. I am somewhat addicted to sex but married for 25 years to an otherwise wonderful woman with virtually no sex drive. I guess the reason I even mention this is that the part I do understand is feeling a constant need that I choose to deny because it would break the half full glass of water.

    I applaud you for your perseverance.

  • http://twitter.com/facebizconnect Howard Petlack

    Russell makes his point quite clear. For those of us not challenged by everyday reality, we can never truly understand the hell these people sometimes have to live through.

  • http://www.facebook.com/giorgio1950 George Cuneo

    Recovery from addiction is easier if one has a “spiritual experience”.
    For me it was almost like an out of body moment when it seemed that I could see myself truly without the distraction of my ego and denial.
    Whether I said it out loud or not, the sense of “I can’t do this anymore!” Was overwhelming. Combine that with the co-incidental intervention that was arranged by a group of my friends followed by a week in a local detox.
    That 7/28/88 meeting with my friends began a life of abstinence at worst or recovery at best that continues through today.
    Easier now but an option still, mind altering substances are in my past.
    The attitude adjustments are up to me and I’ve learned to recognize which attitudes make life more palatable.

  • Crocky

    I read this, and started to cry. As a woman who has been dealing with multiple addictions (food, exercise, gambling, sex, shopping), I can relate to this article so well. Sometimes, it’s not even a matter of getting through the day as it is just trying to get through each moment without succumbing to that escape, especially in my primary addiction to food.

    Although I know I’m not alone in this struggle, it’s nice to have a similar experience to mine printed in black and white. Thank you for being so candid, Russell. This Memphis Belle appreciates it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/shawn.goertz Shawn Goertz

    thanks for this man. Shawn Goertz (a friend of Bill W.)

  • ohpleasegivemeabreakalready

    Wonderful, thoughtful, true to life. Especially the part where instead of being grateful for all you have gained, you envy the old you because he has drugs and you don’t. Yup. Just, yes.

    “Anonymity is the spiritual foundation for all our principles….” I love this article. It may truly be someone’s twelve step call.
    Would it have been as powerful if I didn’t know who wrote it? Absolutely.
    Would I have taken the time to read it this morning if I hadn’t known who wrote it? Probably not.
    Stay sane…lol!

  • http://www.facebook.com/james.dexter.7 James Dexter

    Very good article – the description of drugs being a solution and if you don’t get it then you aren’t an addict describe it perfectly. I don’t get it but I get this…

  • http://www.facebook.com/mgt46 Melanie Thompson

    Fearless Humble 100% faith in your higher power its recovery it’s the light it’s heaven!

  • LupoLungfish

    I’v been addicted to chewing gum,wanking , nicotine, sex, coke and whores in no particular order. The most distressing thing about the addiction gene/genes/ bad humor/excuse for very bad behaviour/ just being a plain old cunt to all and sundry is , I’ll bet you a tenner I’ll be fine this time next year. Some of us were born of some ancient African tribe that sat around a tree being very naughty- Its the boring bastards that don’t have the addiction thing that I feel sorry for Russell- bollocks I know.

  • howzthis 4u

    Remember, no human power could relieve an alcoholic or drug addict

  • cb55

    Your alleyways inspire my character. Black is Beautiful! This is a terrific article! Thanks Mr. Brand!

  • http://www.facebook.com/doc.lowery Doc Lowery

    Very interesting……prayers for you as you make this journey….

  • http://www.facebook.com/devon.bradbury.6 Devon Bradbury

    I can think of precious few people who I could truely benefit from having an ongoing ‘conversation’ /w you. I can barely stand myself at the best of times.

  • Realitycheckers

    i hope people realize that this isnt just about drug addiction but all kinds of addiction.. it doesnt really matter what it is as long it affects ur life negativly, its bad.. like food for example.. people addicted to sweets and eating gets in alot of problems aswell. I say its all about the motivation behind it, controll and moderation.. like drinking for example.. if u take a drink to be social with other people then its ok, if u take a drink to get drunk then u have a little problem.. if u feel u have to be drunk to function normally then ur an addict.. addictions are usually what people use to cope with stress, boredom, emptiness and alot of different kinds of feelings. I say teach people how to think and they will find the light and the solutions for themselves..

  • Jonathan

    I must say I’ve never been very drawn to you RB, but this is really very impressive. A few years ago I adopted the little girl of a young female heroin addict. We’re now in regular contact with our adopted daughter’s first mum, who always finds it within herself to behave with propriety, dignity, and restraint around her — our — child. I do not know where she finds the strength, but it is an extraordinary reminder firstly of the power of the drug, but secondly of the fact that addicts are often simply those less fortunate than oneself and not inherently wicked. I cannot believe that if I shared this particular addict’s circumstances that I could martial the strength that she demonstrates every time we meet. Yet I have her daughter.

  • http://www.facebook.com/yaplehassell Bev Yaple Hassell

    Thank you for sharing this powerful, heartfelt writing regarding your personal experience. For everyone on here who loves person with addiction their is Al-Anon and Nar-Anon. It does not teach you how to get the person clean and sober it teaches you how to live with you and keep the focus of life on you. It saved my life and I am not a user of substances–now. I am interested in helping with your program you are developing. Please let me know how I can be of service.

  • http://www.facebook.com/freeman.fly Freeman Fly
  • dan francis

    I think this statement is pretty irresponsible “You are likely one of the 90 per cent of people who can drink and use drugs safely. I have friends who can smoke weed, swill gin, even do crack, and then merrily get on with their lives.” Anyone slipping into hard drug addiction will take that to mean that 90% of the population is not susceptible to addiction and any “cravings” they feel must be a problem unique to their situation not addiction. JUNKIE FAIL.

    • http://twitter.com/Panger2013 Lynn Pounian

      So, that it’s true is irrelevant?

    • Erica_JS

      Lying doesn’t help. “If you have sex EVEN ONCE you’ll get six STDs and get pregnant,” “Marijuana is just as addictive as alcohol,” “Parents always know best and are infallible” – as soon as someone has sex, smokes a joint, catches their parents in a mistake and the sky doesn’t cave in they’ll no longer trust the truth in what you were trying to say.

      Real truth is the only way to truly help people. Most people don’t have addictive personalities, some people do. If you do it’s best to know the signs, which usually show up well before you end up an addict.

  • Dan Grummett

    I get it

  • John Pitcher

    There are no two sides to addiction in my experience. Whatever works for a person is the best answer. To make specific statements on the subject therefore is wrong. To claim that you can only recover one day at a time and need to be helped to do it is not true. I relied on a large intake of alcohol for thirty years. For the last ten at least I had a crushing physical need for drink twenty four hours a day. Eventually I ran out of money and my wife was going blind with retinitus pigmentosa. I chose to give up drink and smoking cigarettes. I did so on my own on a mattress on the floor of the almost empty flat we had at the time.

    The cold turkey was almost unbearable and it is true that for about two weeks I was taking life one day at a time. For the first few days I was taking it one minute at a time. Then I began to sleep and very slowly life improved.

    I could not face the drippy world of self exposure and misery and the company of other alkies that I imagined was AA or one of the other group therapy regimes. This was my fight and I had to deal with my demons alone. After about six months I realised I no longer wanted a drink and I never have since.

    Russell Brand is a worthy chap on this and he is doing something that will help a lot of people but the approach he is suggesting is not right for everyone and you can cure yourself; alone, of alcoholism and class A drug addiction.

  • Irishguy

    Your a slave to the gear or a slave to “recovery”. The only way to freedom is Jesus Christ. We all know that. Now it’s time to admit it.

    • Erica_JS

      And this is why all Jews, atheists, agnostics, Hindus, Muslims, Zoroastrians, Bahai, Sikhs, Pagans, Buddhists, Shintoists, etc., are drug addicts. Every single one. Yep.

      • Irishguy

        Christ gave His life on the cross for all of the above. The risen Christ
        generously helps all of the above. He also graciously helps you Erica and will rescue you if you ask.

    • Luke

      As one who CHOSE to form a belief in the gospel(not the imaginary, suffocating rules and regulations of modern “Christianity”) without the pressures of anyone on my back, you will never benefit anybody with an approach like that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=573276815 Sherri Decembrini

    you just outed someone creep

  • http://twitter.com/lctessel Lori Tessel

    Thank you Russell. This is an incredible article.

  • cattylibrarian

    That’s how I feel about crystal meth, and I haven’t done that in 23 years. Good luck to both of us

  • http://www.facebook.com/lorettadunncarter Loretta Dunncarter

    Quite eloquently put. And most truthful. Thank you for sharing. <3

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rob-Canny/100000203425131 Rob Canny

    Thanks Russell.

  • Kevin Israel

    Brilliant Mr. Brand. Good luck as you continue your constant battle. We all want you here for many years to keep making us smile.

  • http://www.facebook.com/leonie.zurakowsky Leonie Zurakowsky

    Hey Russell – try this information regarding “not that ecologically switched on” http://www.davidsuzuki.org/blogs/science-matters/2013/04/stressed-at-work-add-a-daily-dose-of-green/ . Looks like this could work for what ails us! 😀

  • Samurai Sam

    every human being deserves to be treated with compassion and dignity (and that includes how we treat ourselves, which i think is the real struggle for most). the fact that this world can be so harsh and unforgiving is one of the reasons it drives so many into addiction. being a highly sensitive and creative person in a cold, oppressive world can be torture. however, i truly believe that we’re finally living in a time where the old structures of fear are decaying, and slowly but surely a better way of doing things is taking root. it all starts with the compassionate changes we’re willing to make for ourselves. because when we can finally get a handle on our lives and start building a positive relationship with ourselves, it begins to radiate outwards and affect others. then THEY start making changes for themselves.. and before you know it, people on a large scale are more willing and able to help lift each other up and form large-scale shifts in society and how it operates. its already happening. it might take a while, but i believe that we’ll see the fruits of our effort within our lifetimes. it will be worth the effort of sticking around. 😉

    anyway… much love to you, sir. keep shining your awesomeness! it is reaching people.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rredfern2 Ruth Redfern

    Well said. While it broke my heart; it told the truth. I’ve leaned back and basked in the fact that a loved one was clean and living a good life – until…
    Thank you for such a well written honest essay.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1345938227 Marisa HarNadh Yance

    Step 11 IS my Solution! and OF Course I got there through a sincere practice of Kundalini Yoga with DEVOTIONAL daily SADHANA, where I solidify my CONSCIOUS communication with the God of my Understanding! The rest is SERVICE to ALL not just the stigmatized Addicts BUT THE ONES who are addicted to greed, lust, gossip, better or less than mentality! 12 STep IS wonderful (still lots of self righteous sober drunks in the rooms tho!). I no longer feel like picking up! I’ve made my Addiction to be Truth Love & Joy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=717435375 Nicholas Cox

    Generally, I consider this Brand figure a total imbecile, however, for once I do have to agree with his sentiments. That said, drug dealers and traffickers need to be dealt with appropriately too, using capital punishment if need be.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sbeadle01 Scott Beadle

    Great, accurate, profound, well done.

  • http://www.facebook.com/andrea.crovettofeist Andrea Crovetto-Feist

    Praying you stay strong every day and win the fight over the drugs and alcohol forever and continue to rule and subdue in the created world with all the gifts the creator put in you to share. Jesus was, is and is to come and He loves you. The enemy loves to keep us bound in unbelief, doubt and the fetters of our sins…but Jesus has set us free from His lies. Shine bright. Thanks for sharing your heart with the world. You are a fabulous writer too.

  • http://twitter.com/LovetoRuin Leck

    Great writing.

  • peabody3000

    russell is consistently quite eloquent and compassionate. cheers to him

  • goodlittlecitizen .

    There is no such thing as addiction!!! There are only habits and chemical dependencies. I reject the notion that there is a “disease” at work here at all. Likewise, your claim that: “unless they have structured help, they have no hope.” is laughable, and then you follow it with saying, “You are likely one of the 90 per cent of people who can drink and use drugs safely.” So let me get this straight, a minority of people are ‘different’ and have a ‘disease’ which you qualify solely by their own self-diagnosis? You have to see that the power dwells within each person, and this is a matter of will, not higher power, not organized religion nor endless group therapy meetings; it is about mental discipline and training your mind to focus. Raja yoga and other techniques for achieving mental focus and discipline would seem to be the more applicable ‘traditions’. Meetings, programs and “higher powers” might break the dependency on chemicals for some people, but this does not work for the majority of 12-step initiates. Also the coffee and cigarettes rabidly devoured at these meetings is an obviously vile hypocrisy. You say “they are completely powerless over their addiction” and so long as they are committed to this lie it will continue to be the truth for them. We are not addicts, we are playing with dangerous compounds, nothing more. The danger is real and so are its consequences, but this philosophy of weakness so often imposed by supposed experts within the multi-billion dollar industry of substance abuse recovery is a significant problem if you ask me. But most of you will disagree, because you’re already drinking the kool-aid (or more correctly, the cheap coffee).

  • stephanie carey

    You are totally awesome. I thank you for sharing your experience. You have an enchanting way with words & your style of writing.

  • http://twitter.com/trinijayjay Jason Jones

    If you are reading these posts Russell Brand, can you say something for us who love and want to help an addict? Please I am trying everything. What was your epiphany to accept help and ….love. Am I wrong in feeling/suspecting that an addicts chasing of the high is them chasing love?

    • I am here

      Try Al-anon Jason.

  • Matt Palmer

    Great, eloquent post Russell. You should check out this site, which has all the world leading brain science behind addiction. It totally shows that addiction is not a choice. http://www.albertafamilywellness.org

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.lepinay Michael Lepinay

    Russell, you will probably never read these comments I am sure, but you my friend, think more like a true follower of Christ than most Christians I know.

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.lepinay Michael Lepinay

    And you are an unbelievably gifted writer.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bobbyekat Bobbye Eachus

    Nice well done Thank you

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1655937851 Merritt Burton

    Thank you for writing this brother. I feel you. You spelled right out there in words the thoughts that I struggle to convey to the uninitiated. I’ve found strength in your words. Namaste.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mary.greer3 Mary Greer DiGirolamo

    thanks, for describing the disease of alcoholism and addiction to a “T”

  • disqus_mmQJNX69H8

    Hauntingly beautiful in your description of our dis-ease. I recently lost a sponsor with double digits of clean time to the horrors of this temptress called addiction. She was a spiritual giant at one time only to succumb, as we sometimes do, to the back of the brain whispers of comfort this disease promises. She is the 6th person in my phone who is still listed only followed by RIP. I live in a very rural area and my own home group boasts 6 members with as many as 20 to 25 people (mostly court mandated). I miss my people and resolve to honor my sponsor with, well with just today. I don’t ever wanna forget where I came from. Some mere 11 yrs into this journey I have found a person that I quite enjoy being around. Someone whose friendship means more to me then anything or anyone. I found me. I like me. I would be my friend :) I have a life that is beyond anything I could have asked for. Nothing “spectacular” in the minuscule definition of spectacular, oh but far far more. I am having surgery come Monday the 7th of May 2013. An accident has mandated I get my knee fixed which will leave me couch bound for at least a month. I go to a minimum of 3 meetings a week and last night asked my home group to please bring me meetings and check on me. I have a respectful fear of a disease that talks to me in my own voice and eats away at my most fragile of personal areas. I was scrolling thru the internet when this article floated into my vision. I stopped and read what I hear on an almost nightly basis. The call of “my people”. Oh how I love addicts/alcoholics. They accept me, not in spite of my flaws and 10 degrees off “normal” thinking, but because of it. This disease robbed me from a life I wanted, public speaker, professional. What I have been given I could have only received from the gift of desperation this disease gave me. Much love to all addicts/alcoholics that are here, there, clean, despondent, and just holding on for today. Many many more hugs. Namaste Wendy, just another junkie

  • http://www.facebook.com/kelle.colvin Kelle Colvin

    Fugging Wow. Brilliant, Russell. Thanks for sharing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1567132768 Christine Strong-Rosado

    What are some of these people talking about?! Nothing to do with this article. Stop taking yourself so seriously and enjoy your sobriety, or else its worth nothing at all. ~ ( 9 yrs clean & praying for one more day! ) :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/cgcopley Crystal Luvvin’God Copley

    This brought tears to my eyes because I can relate to everything in this article. I truly hope and pray that someone can change the views on alcoholics and drug addicts, we need help not condemnation. Thank you

  • Megan J

    Addiction is a disease, progressive & fatal! But through our fellowship an addict, ANY ADDICT, can stop using drugs, LOSE THE DESIRE to use & find a new way to live! It’s a SIMPLE PROGRAM for us complicated people. This was a rigorously honest explanation of the horrors of active addiction! Gave me chills.

  • Guest

    I would love to see your Give it Up charity encompass porn addicts too. That might sound trivial but it isn’t. It’s been demonstrated that masturbating to porn produces a greater chemical high in the brain than cocaine, which is what makes it so addictive. Men who have this addiction, at the very least treat their wives, girlfriends and daughters with contempt, and at worst go on to do unspeakable things to women and children. They destroy their marriages and relationships and leave their children, especially daughters, permanently damaged. It deserves to be taken as seriously as any other addiction.

  • http://twitter.com/stephenpicardi Stephen Picardi

    Profound.

  • Plantation Dad

    wow………………really great read

  • Landosummer

    Right?!

  • Corbus

    God is there anything more boring than an addict’s bloody war stories?

    Are there more addicts per head of population now than say 50 years ago? Yes. I am sure. Why? Because there’s more booze’n’drugs.

    With the brand of celeb on offer these days I am surprised more people don’t plunge the needle, in a desperate bid to escape either the daft effort of being like them (celebs) or that futility of failing to be like them.

    Stupid society.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tamanddave Tamie Robinson

    WOW very well said Russell,I really was contemplating picking up a drug til I caught this article,which I have to confess you look really handsome and that is what made me check it out in the first place,like they say “whatever works”

  • http://ladymarabel.blogspot.com cathrinwitt

    Hmmm…nice article, but where’d you get that 90% aren’t addicted figure?

  • http://www.facebook.com/amy.p.campione Amy Phillips Campione

    Drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes are designed to be addictive. Addiction is powerful. It may be your fault that you got high for the first time, but it is NOT your fault you are addicted. I think you are very strong to keep fighting your demons. I also think it’s awesome that you are trying to help others. Keep fighting!

  • Jordan G.

    I didn’t know you were such a wonderful writer. I’m a VO (my curse is that all my inner voices have to torment others, as well), and I couldn’t resist reading this aloud, just to taste the words.

    A lovely, smart idea written by a lovely, smart man…oh, if only more writers could do this.

  • carolann

    How articulate. How accurate. How true. Alone I will use the fastest so
    lution; together, WE can stay sober. Alone, I forget the isolation and misery; talking to another alcoholic / addict brings it all home. That’s why, to me, the first word of the Twelve Steps is the most important: WE.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004303660769 Howard Phillips

    Thank you for making me understand what you and others like yourself have to go thru.I pray that you find strength every day to survive.Like you say, it is reality that is the burden, the so called sober society. Keep the faith in yourself and always focus on the greater good.Good luck!

  • graham

    thats strange you are here, on my goal sheet at my recovery house i put on as one of my goals was to meet you and discuss addiction, the other was Anthony Hopkins on his experience strength and hope.You should come to Kelowna B.C. Canada and do a speaker thing.

  • rochelle madill

    Your article should be on hand at all times….. brilliant and good luck with CR

  • Brandi J

    We keep what we have by giving it away. In reading this, I am left with a sense of gratitude for the fact that I never have to use again. I envisioned myself tied off and then the sense of warmth encompassing the never ending demons inside my head. Then, the words that I hear so frequently in practicing this new way of life for years come to my mind and I sip my coffee, rub my puppy’s belly, get my children off to school and return to being a responsible, productive member of society. The thoughts are less frequent over the years, and last only momentarily. We do recover.

  • Christina

    Wow. What a powerful articulate and hopeful piece. Thanks Russel!

  • http://twitter.com/sfmistress maxine doogan

    Thanks so much for speaking out! I hope the treatment centers you donate to hold a non discriminatory clause towards sex workers who might want to take the treatment route in the comfort of knowing they won’t be judged or sexually harassed for disclosing that they worked while using or if they plan to after they get clean.

  • http://www.facebook.com/thomas.reynolds.180 Thomas Reynolds

    Great article. Thanks for sharing the bare facts.

  • http://www.facebook.com/priestess Jessica Syrjala

    Wow…speechless. Drug addict/alcoholic celebrated 2 years just yesterday and its refreshing to hear a celebrity speak of 12 step programs rather than high-end, unaffordable treatment clinics. The 12 steps work. Thank you Russell Brand. Much respect and love for a fellow addict. Beautiful read :) God bless

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Leonard-Pollack/674578315 Leonard Pollack

    If you continue saying that drug addiction is a disease one might start believing it. It’s such liberal bull shit. We as a society have totally ignored and forgotten personal responsibility. Everything now is a disease.

    • Red Polygon

      And you are using your personal choice to make unkind and willfully ignorant statements about addiction. Will you take responsibility for your awfulness? Or is it someone else’s fault, like the “liberals”…

    • soabsurd

      you know not what you are talking about. Perhaps step off your soap box and do a little research?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Adam-Hazelwood/673469046 Adam Hazelwood

    I’m just like you. I did what you did and I do what you do. We are far from perfect. At times this existence is no more than an exercise in damage limitation, at others a source of great happiness and contentment. Well done for fulfilling our primary purpose; you will save lives and prevent others being ruined by the tornado of addiction in the process.

  • John Bradley

    I watched that documentary and i have total admiration and respect for this man. I’ve 18 years of sobriety behind me and it was only the empathy of other people like me that enabled me to achieve this, As for some of the comments i have read on here addiction is not just the sole problem there are a lot of other issues that go along with it such as mental and physical health. To suggest that because there isn’t a magic pill to treat it is, well just ridiculous in determining whether it is an illness or not. If you haven’t lived with it don’t judge the addict on the basis of self infliction. The only time i will have beaten it is when they are putting me 6 feet under.

  • disqus_fkUK4b5t08

    Absolutely wonderful article. Keep on keeping on. And keep on telling it like it is when it comes to addiction.

  • David Jaffrey

    Hell of a good share Russell. Thanks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/helen.mason.7370 Helen Mason

    How I long, sometimes, for ‘illegal anaesthesia’. To remove the pain, the demons, the flashbacks, if even only for a short while.

    For over 30 years I have resisted, and will not be picking them up any time soon, but the temptation has, and is, still there.

    Some people may think addiction is a choice, and I guess, in the beginning, it is. But if the choice is between horrendous metal anguish, or all to real physical pain, and some sweet oblivion – for some that is not much of a choice.

  • http://www.facebook.com/april.abrams3 April Abrams

    Wow, this is a wonderfully written article.

  • http://twitter.com/youngian67 Ian Young

    Living with an addict is painful and it is a condition that goes far beyond lazy behaviour. Whether it can classed as disease or not I’m not qualified to say but if the approach Brand has outlined helps people to overcome what is a curse on their life then I wish them luck.

  • ju

    You’re beautiful. One day at a time.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=707369071 Mim Murray

    Saying that addiction starts with a choice is not the same as calling addicts ‘bad people.’ My brother is an addict. He’s sick. But he wasn’t sick when he decided to abuse amphetamines and booze. That was a choice, a moral issue. But he’s not a bad person.

  • deverimo

    what really bothers me is the question is there no other way? I mean is there no alternative solution to constantly watching yourself and thinking as an addict? is there no way of connecting with a pre-addict personality where things are just taken at their stride giving you enjoyment or pain? Does anybody know?

  • jjj

    Had to stop reading about a quarter way in after realizing how subtly he’s promoting his cult coughAcoughAcough

    • soabsurd

      This “cult” has saved millions of peoples lives all over the world.

  • http://twitter.com/StevieGodson Stevie Godson

    I love you, Russell Brand.

  • http://www.facebook.com/windy.walleck Windy Walleck

    I have not heard anyone mention the reason the program works! GOD! Without Him the program is pointless and will not help anyone.He is the power behind it!!!

    • James Lavicious

      It has nothing to do with ‘god’. It has to do with accepting you are helpless.

  • http://www.facebook.com/diane.aultman.3 Diane Aultman

    So well written. I truly understand where you’re coming from. Great cause. Recently saw that they have developed a vaccine that has worked in mice for heroine addicts and they will soon begin starting human trials. I’m sure you already know this but just sharin

  • http://www.facebook.com/catherine.lutton.90 Catherine Lutton

    Wow, I totally related to this article. Being clean almost 10 months now and this stuff really hit home. I’m proud that Russell has found sobriety. Remember don’t look back and one day at a time brother!;-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joe-Bloggs/100003294751321 Joe Bloggs

    I don’t really have a problem with people doing drugs as long as they are only squandering their own money. Once they start burgling to feed their habit it becomes a quite different matter.

    When one’s home has been looted and property and tools that one has purchased over the last fifty years are taken it is a life changing experience. Ones home feels soiled and dirty and one does have to wonder why the hell one bothered to pass the 11+, get GCEs, study at night school and work continental rosters to pay the mortgage. (for those who have not worked continental rosters it is like having permanent jet-lag)

    I do wish that this method (link below) could still be used on vermin. Unfortunately in GB its a case of Soft On Crime Soft On The Causes Of Crime. Of course letting thieves off with just a caution is the new cheap way of ensuring that crime FIGURES are falling.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1I8iGvCBguI

  • Richard Brown

    Nice to see the spectator publishing something sensible rather than this rubbish

    http://www.spectator.co.uk/features/3212846/withdrawal-from-heroin-is-a-trivial-matter/

  • Charlie

    I would like to posit that addiction is neither strictly a physical disease nor a choice. That’s so old hat and 20th century. In fact, it is a bit of both and closer to a psychological disorder, a brain disorder, akin to depression or OCD or anxiety. The fact is that addiction is a chemical imbalance in the brain, making it more of a disease than a choice, but not a “traditional” disease like cancer. For an addict or alcoholic, in everyday situations their brains do not produce enough of the “happy” chemical neurotransmitters, dopamine and serotonin, and thus they try to make up for the dearth of these chemicals by taking drugs or alcohol. It’s very simple yet complex at the same time.If you want to read more about this model of addiction — that it is a chemical imbalance in the brain — just Google neuroscientist Marc Lewis and read his memoir, Memoirs of an Addicted Brain.

    So all you folks can really stop arguing about whether addiction is a disease or a choice. That’s so old school. There is still a vast amount that the scientific community has to learn about addiction, but the latest findings are that it is neither a disease in the traditional sense nor a choice. It is a chemical imbalance in which the addicted person’s brain is ordered (or disordered) in a way that the other 90% of the population’s isn’t. And as most of us know, mental disorders are the last barrier the health and scientific communities need to break down in terms of stigma and ostracization in society.

  • vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvv

    Russell Brand I know you are a busy man but I really need your advice. I have been with my partner for 15 + years , the whole time he has battled with herion addiction and staying clean. He relapses as often as he stays clean and seems to relapse more frequently than ever before. I am now coming to the end of my tether as I want to settle down with him, have babies etc etc.. I am now coming to the point where I am realizing I am codependent on him . Have you have any tips , besides the obvious to leave him, in how I can support him in getting to the last part of conquering his addiction. Its very hard not to take it personally when somebody often regresses.He is constantly going through the trauma of self loathing and the difficulty of experiencing everyday life. Once he hides behind the gear and escapes reality the nightmare begins again……

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  • Katie

    Well Russell, you sure have caused quite a stir. All people have their own opinions, but I would just like to say, great article. I have been with an addict for 5 years, in and out of treatment, expecting our second son in two months. It’s not easy living with him and accepting his disease sometimes, but I stay by his side when most of what’s left of his family and friends have abandoned him. You have definitely opened my eyes to his perspective much more. He’s tried explaining some of the things you’ve explained here and I always have trouble accepting his “excuses.” But hearing another alcoholic put it into nearly the same words, makes it easier to believe. Thank you.

  • Nicky Petchey

    Ive always known that smoking nicotine is no different in its personality as an addiction from any other addiction ..heroine,alcohol etc. Came across RB’s article looking for some info on that fact. I think it would help smokers to really get that fact under their skin.. Its just become more culturally familiar . Its crazy thinking to separate it, Smokers don’t really understand that the mentality is all the same. It helped me abstain finally. Looking at an addiction for what it is. The games it plays, its stealth and all the general ensuing madness….RB gets it…has lived it …in all its destructive resonance.. The more who listen to what he is saying the better. Best NickyP

  • schanakie

    What remarkable insight and compassion! You absolutely rock, sir!

  • schanakie

    Absolutely brilliant! I’ve never read a more insightful piece on the subject of addiction. You rock, Russell!

  • livingalife

    love this article. leaving an addiction of my own behind I can relate. But while I stop my sister sinks deeper into her addiction. I would really love to see more about this give it up campaign. hopefully it develops quickly.

  • aaronsingleton

    The biggest misconception about treating addiction is that there is a one-size-fits-all solution; there isn’t. Addicts are people, and people have differing needs. So while abstinence may work for some, medical treatment will work better for others. I speak from personal experience, having tried many methods myself. And obviously, long-term drug abuse does change the brain’s functioning and chemistry, so it is a sort of disease in that way. In all cases, I think compassion is first and foremost what is required.

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  • Peggy Mac Donald Lindquist

    If this is Russsell Brands experience and opinion then it’s his truth. I commend him for sharing. It’s huge problem everywhere. If it helps one person, just one person, to make it out alive then I thank him with all my heart. If he can stay clean and sober then good for him. 233 comments; at least we’re talking about it.

  • Zombittack

    Hey bro, I hope your obsession lifts one day. “There is one who has all power, that one is God [or whatever you want to call your HP], may you find him now.

  • Alison Mann

    Great Article.
    I may not be addicted to drugs, but believe it or not, chocolate acts like super valium on me. I am addicted to chocolate. Even though it’s been almost a decade now, I still dream about eating it, and not a day goes past when I don’t contemplate eating some. How do I know it was/is an addiction? I displayed all the symptoms of a classic addiction. Every bloody one. And it took me two years to kick the bloody stuff. People laugh at me when I say I’m a chocolate addict, but apparently it does actually have that effect on a tiny percentage of the population.

    Not only that, I have some mental issues, so I am constantly weighing “now” against “future”.

    It is tiring. It is hard. It is a matter of choosing your battles one moment at a time. And often it is hard to see the pay off. I am grateful to all the people who have helped me and accept that sometimes I have trouble.

    Congratulations to everyone out there fighting an addiction, no matter what it is.

  • Watt_A_Pryke

    Big deal drama student decides to takes drugs later becomes famous/quits/survives/dies/ tells everyone how clever they were to stop killing themselves. Smoking tobacco is more addictive than H and harder to quit. I am addicted to junk food which will also kill me. I will die poor in a manky rented caravan in Co Kildare, not the upper East Side.

  • http://www.ingebergeworld.com/ Inge

    I like Russell Brand, but unfortunately he has bought the same 12-step
    snake oil as most other self-declared addicts. Answer me this, Russ: how come nobody who quits smoking keeps waking up every day, 20 years
    later, and declaring: “Hi, I’m Bill and I’m a smoker.” Because that
    would be nonsensical, that’s why.

    If you want to give up an addiction, you have to MOVE BEYOND IT, not wallow in it.

    Thinly veiled AA propaganda piece…

    • jk2001

      Perhaps alcohol and opiods have a different effect on the brain than does nicotine.

      • http://www.ingebergeworld.com/ Inge

        23 years after cessation? Laughable.

  • cloud watcher

    Dear Mr. Brand: A brilliant piece. I am a 67 year old woman who worked with drug addicts and alcoholics for 25 years as a nurse in a detox/rehab facility in Rochester , ny where PSH is from. People do not get addiction . I have always said it is totally irrational and insidious. Some of the dearest, kindest , funniest, creative people I met were addicts. I came to believe that one of the common denominators with many (not all) drug addicts is that they are so sensitive to the world around them they can barely tolerate it and then medicate themselves with drugs and alcohol. I admire you for your 10 years of sobriety – I witnessed how difficult it is to change to a sober life. Keep helping others and one day at a time for yourself. I loved my years working with addicts, I learned so much from them and had such real connections with them – they were like family . I could write a book , so many funny ,tragic and loving stories from those days.. Well, you take care .

    • http://religionconfidencetrick.blogspot.com/ jonny

      You should write that book.

  • mbsports

    Something that can help forge new paths of neuronal learning (and could help addicts learn to moderate) is transcranial direct current stimulation. I’m not a big fan of the disease concept nor AA philosophy, but I do like sober people quite a lot so whatever causes that I’m all for. And Russell is a cool dude no matter what.

    • jk2001

      While I’m inclined against the disease concept and religion, both have some moorings. If the brain is an organ, and its products are sensations, and thoughts about the sensations, and thoughts about thoughts, then how isn’t addiction a disease, and how isn’t spiritualism and social support not a solution? Just as drugs affect the sensations and thoughts, conversations with fellow addicts can affect the sensations and thoughts, which then prevent the ingestion of drugs. It may be the only “disease” for which one cure is some kind of “faith healing.”

  • Anny Schneider

    Interesting subject and way to talk about , but the french translation is really bad!

  • ReadHead322

    Russell Brand, Thank you.

  • brendanyc

    nice. thanks.

  • philmugla@gmail.com

    Completely agree with this excellent article. I have been personally involved in this issue for thirty five years and know that Russell’s assertions and opinions offer a solution for many who suffer the devastating consequences of active addiction. Perhaps his friend may glean some assistance and support from the powerful and insightful Relapse 2 Recovery, memoirs of a recovering alcoholic that is helping many addicts worldwide.

  • Terry Crane McDonald

    Russell, I have been a director of addiction clinics for years and you have written in words what so many have tried to explain. Yes, you share your brain so how difficult a time to exorcize its haunting and hunting voice. There isn’t a magic or surgery to help you. I hear how deeply you have looked inside and believe that pain and truth will help you succeed every day. Thank you for helping others find their strength.

  • Eruanion Nolaquen

    Both alcoholics and drug addicts face the same fight, they either wind up like Amy and all the others, or have a near death experience that wakes them up. My father was an alcoholic from the time he was 20. He could outdrink the 20 year olds I knew, who went binge drinking every weekend, and seem more sober. He quit when he was @60, not because he wanted to, but because his doctor told him one more drink would shut down his liver and kill him.I am glad you found a way out, and I hope your friends help you stay on that path. I remember when you were the “bad” Russel,and I am glad I got to see the sober Russel

  • casprd

    “Drugs and alcohol are not my problem — reality is my problem. Drugs and alcohol are my solution.”

    Couldn’t come up with better words to describe what it is like. The scary thing is when you have an addictive personality then even replacing the drugs and alcohol with something positive isn’t always a complete answer. I can become just as obsessive about a “healthy” pursuit as I was about the unhealthy ones. And the results are just as damaging on family and relationships but easier to justify as they are seen as good for me.

  • ButcombeMan

    If thinking of addiction as a disease worked and works for you, fine. Great for you personally.

    It is not really a traditional disease, if it was, clinicians who have easy access to addictive drugs would not be statistically more likely to become addicted than the general population.

    Further, the decision to first use a potentially addictive drug is absolutely a matter of personal choice. Most people are not instantly addicted, it requires persistence. It is an intensely self absorbed and selfish act.

    I recommend the writing on this subject, of Theodore Dalrymple.

    • James Lavicious

      If you have never gone through addiction then you have no idea how wrong you are. It is absolutely 100% an disease and an illness that requires treatment.

      • ButcombeMan

        You are ignoring the evidence, Addiction eventually, can become a condition that requires treatment, it is not a traditional disease.

        People do not get addicted to (say) heroin, except by having access and deciding on using and repeating that using in the prseenbce of access.

        No access, no addiction..

        The implication that it is involuntary is wrong. This fact is supported by the history of most who became addicts through service in Vitenam. Most were able to stop.

        Read Dalrymple..

  • Roslyn Halperin

    Narconon is suppose to be the best though even they have a 75 or something percent cure rating.. still they get the drugs out of the cells with sauna and running and vitamins.. sounds like a good system to me. I wish Hoffman had tried it because so many just put people on other drugs.

    • jk2001

      I read that it’s just a front for Scientology.

  • madisontruth

    A very thoughtful essay. The other component of the argument is that a large percentage of the addicts and drug abusers have the additional stigma of being part of a disenfranchised demographic known as low income minorities. You know, the ones you hustle past on your way out of the subway at rush hour. That mainstream media uses Russell Brand’s essay for profit is bad, but marginalizing or altogether ignoring the demographic which is hit hardest and have the hardest time seeking help is unforgivable. It’s time to see these kind of social issues as everyone’s problem.

  • darlin49

    Hats off to you Russell Brand, you have told a story I’ve heard hundred of times, if not a hundred thousand. It’s the same story, yet told not quite the same way, and my story is one of these. It is individuals like you, like me, like our doctors, lawyers, maids, sisters, brothers, etc., that help us to survive the insanity of addiction and helps each of us to keep putting one foot in front of the other. I respect your honesty, your sharing and candidness. Thank you for helping me to stay sober in this moment.

    In glimpsing through the comments here I personally don’t give a damn about the DSM definition of addiction, or alcoholism, (and yes I have studied the book of labels, the Holy Grail of psychology which is dubbed the DSM 5) nor do I care about what others have to say in regards to knocking the program of AA or any other 12 step program. AA is a spiritual program of recovery and I hope to see the day when those without addictions can have their own spiritual program as there area a lot of wounded spirits meandering their way through life and not fully connecting. I am first and foremost a human being, I am not a label, however, I do have the disease of alcoholism.

  • Maria Harigforman

    *** reality is my problem. Drugs and alcohol are my solution.******I gave up drinking one year ago and gave up drugs 10 years ago.Sill having a hard time with the occasional falling off the wagon with nicotine but I also get back on.I can relate to what you wrote especially reality being a problem.I have anxiety and OCD so escaping reality and self **medicating**

    I currently have to take narcotics for several failed surgeries,hope this once sticks.Id rather Rollerblade sitting here being crippled and useless do to the narcotics nasty business.With this I cannot say I am completely clean because the narcotics allow
    me to do simple daily chores without crying over the pain.I don’t know I wrote all this probably because im not allowed to walk around so i am board out my mind

    Oh by the Way I love African child I brush my teeth to that shit

  • Holly Payberg

    Thanks so much for this article. I have loved and lost some that struggle from addiction so it matters to me and I am curious to understand this condition more. And here’s a question for you: Do you think that its possible that most addictive personalities are also people that may suffer from oversensitivity (something the mainstream doesn’t even seem to acknowledge is real, or important, therefore we haven’t been given tools to deal with it?). What I mean by oversensitivity is this: my whole life I have struggled with what I would call an oversensitive heart, basically I get deeply affected by people and situations, when other people hurt, I hurt, they don’t even have to tell me they are hurting, I just know and it hurts me too, and I don’t mean like the “oh you hurt my feelings, poor me” kind of hurt, I mean in my nervous system, energetically, its not egoic, or personal, its much deeper than that and very hard for me to process, understand and get out of my body. It’s like getting punched in the gut, and then the brain goes into an autorotation that is difficult to stop even when I’m consciously trying to will it to. It’s hard to live in the world with this type of condition, because people hurt each other so freely and on a regular basis and I often feel caught in the cross fire. I became a writer because I found it to be the most effective way to put an end to the spin cycle – when I express what’s happening or what I’m feeling, somehow things start to calm down. In fact, I became a comedy writer as the ultimate victory over it. If I could actually get to the place of making fun of it, then I know I have really conquered it. But it got me thinking, what if there are those that are even more sensitive than me? What if there are those whose subsequent spin cycles are way more powerful than their current ability to tame them through writing or some other healthy means? I could see how they might turn to drugs to quiet the noise because it would be a living hell. If that might be the case then I think as a society it might be time to seriously up our game in finding tools for helping people who are oversensitive. I guess it would have to start with people admitting this is a real condition in the first place, which is difficult because people who don’t have it don’t believe its real (kinda like how for the longest time male doctors told women that PMS wasn’t real) and/or mistakenly think its a weakness (which is a joke because I can tell you it takes the strength of 10 men to live in the world when you’re so wide open like this) Anyway – as someone who has struggled with addiction yourself and know a lot of others who have – I was wondering if you thought this might be part of the cause?

  • Theresa O’Hagan

    Powerful

  • Donna Rega

    I don’t believe addiction is an illness but I do believe there are traits in one’s personality that provoke addiction. I believe that it is rooted in coping abilities or lack thereof and features that border on depression…unimaginable pain…sorrow…fear. So to say its an illness calls to mind diseases like leukemia, ulcerative colitis… Etc.

    • jk2001

      Our brains are physical organs, too. Our personalities and our perceptions are ultimately the functioning of an organ that’s not dissimilar to our stomach, liver, colon, skin, or heart.

  • astrochicks

    Whether addiction is a disease or a crazy choice, either one is a painful path to hell. Not all of us can be star athletes, brain surgeons, super models or rockstars. We’re all wired differently, some people are predisposed to certain diseases and alcohol/drugs are one of them. Compassion is a choice, which some comments show a lack of.

  • Betsy Graham

    I have a niece who is also an addict. She makes a couple of months sober and we all think great. She finally got it only to once again be in the grips of the evil devil called crack cocaine and heroin. To some she is a hopeless drug addict , to me she is FAMILY and I LOVE HER I will never give up on her as she is not a bad person , but a sick person. I LOVE YOU. GOD BE WITH YOU FOREVER. XOXO

  • Lisa King

    Well said. Thank you. I’ll look in to Give it Up.

  • D.

    Thank you for helping me understand just a little bit more. I released from my heart the love of my life a year ago. It took five years of craziness and I still ache. The letting go is not complete. His story too, is galling, and so it is hard at times to blame him. The opportunity we had together could have been grand. But the gutter that you mention will not let go it’s stranglehold on him. I love him and I hope he makes it. Good wishes your way, sir. You are doing admirable work.

  • Jesse Kaellis

    I threw in the towel
    I’ll have eight years clean and sober on the 21st of January 2012, because I kept drinking after I left Vegas. At the end I was entering the physical addiction stage of alcoholism very quickly.

    I had a bottle in my locker at work, a bottle of whisky. In the morning, on my
    way to the bathroom, I would grab a bottle out of the freezer and drink. I was smoking pot, too. Vancouver has good bud.

    I went into the hospital for a surgery. I had a pre-surgery interview. The nurse asked about my drinking. “Do you drink?” Yes. “How often and how much?” I cut it in half and she still raised her eyebrows. I told her,”I guess I’m an alcoholic, but I don’t really care.”

    But I had already decided to quit. I figured to use the hospital stay as an
    intervention. A little girl came to visit me after my surgery. Maybe 22
    years old. I had been flagged as a substance abuse case. This girl is a social worker. I figure, “What can this little girl know about life?”

    We talk a bit and she leaves me pamphlets and literature about AA and what not.
    When I got out of the hospital I had about six days. I had time, a little bit of precious time. I went to AA meetings. I ended up, I took my first cake. I cried like a baby, couldn’t stop crying. It was at 7th and Granville in Vancouver. I went up to the podium and I was talking about crack. I’m looking and four women in the front row were crying, tears running down their faces. They were remembering their degradation.

    After a while I stopped going to AA meetings. There are things about AA that
    I don’t like a whole lot. I don’t necessarily believe I have a disease. If
    I do, I didn’t catch it off a toilet seat, maybe a bar stool. I don’t need my addict/alcoholic behavior to be an identity. Why give it that much
    power? There was a choice in there somewhere. Otherwise how did I ever
    stop?

    How I stopped? I could see my future coming up fast. And I didn’t want it. Not that.
    I had my fun and then it wasn’t fun anymore. It ain’t fun when you have to
    do it.

    More than anything I just outgrew it. When they warehouse career criminals
    a lot of times they just settle down when they hit their late forties, early
    fifties. Chemical changes in the brain. I would still be using if it
    wasn’t for the medication I take for bipolar. That stuff saved my life.

    Finally, I’m a strong person. I had to be to survive my weaknesses.

    On this last January 21st I got 10 years, Where do cravings come from? A sense of entitlement. What helped me the most? THE WORLD DOESN’T CARE. Now! Now I can quit feeling like a victim and get on with my life. Who cares why you started? You can stop, and if you can’t stay away from me, because when it comes to addiction, I am not my brothers keeper. You ain’t pulling me down.
    Do some retail therapy, Russel. What the hell, you;re rich.

    • jk2001

      He’s doing what works for him. You’re doing what works for you. Good for the both of you.

  • mandelson

    I don’t think Mr Brand should be encouraged.

  • Naomi Wolf

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Adams-HOPE-HOUSE-Foundation/240237162820779 please share this.. like this.. and together we can come to an understanding.. that enough.. is enough…

  • William Drapou

    first, let me say that not all addicts share a cause and effect. Some are purely addictive personalities, who will move from one addictive behavior to the next. Some, like myself, are self medicating with street drugs an as yet undiagnosed medical or psychological condition, and their addiction “Magically” subsides when the Medical community admits they are ill, and begins to treat them. There are probably many other reasons. It is simplistic, especially from many of those posting here, to throw all addicts into one big pile as ascribe a single cause. “Lazy”, “Criminal”, etc. Learning to think beyond a 30 second sound bite, or a well worn platitude is hard, but the effort is well worth it. You may find there is an actual intelligent human being buried beneath the cliché’s. -mikedrop-

  • Deerinwater

    Simply put, for an addict , ~ Drugs are viewed on as a “Best Friend” always accepting and available.

  • Deborah Harvey

    Thank you for sharing your pain with the world, Russell. As more become educated about addiction more can become involved to end it’s domination and crippling effects in our society. My hat is off to you, beautiful soul, and the journey you travel. Sweet blessings!

  • James Turnham

    Everyone has some type of addiction. It could be love, gossip, misery, porn, power, money. They will sacrifice, give up things cherished so they can have more. The pretty 16 yr old who feels love only from having sex. The 40 yr old with no love or joy in their marriage turning to porn to satisfy urges, the 23 yr old college student who is full of misery and bitterness turns to gossip about others to make themselves feel better. It isn’t one it’s all of us. This was a great article.

    • Luke

      You said it all James.

  • Shellene Shelly Thorn

    Excellent writing, sentiments, and action to lift up the world. I am so happy that you have found a way to “fastidiously structure” everyday so you can keep giving your gift. It’s very big, very valuable, very beautiful.

  • Chip

    There is great insight in this article! I wish it was that easy for people who are addicted to food. The problem is that one needs to eat to survive. And people don’t think it is an addiction. But there is an epidemic and virtually no support. I think it’s sad that we have the weight loss reality game shows but you wouldn’t dare see The Best Kicker on the networks. Families just tell their loved ones to just not eat so much.

  • Guest

    This article is beautifully written. And the first one I have ever signed up to comment on. This is how I feel every time I hear Mr. Brand say most anything. He is in tune with what is going on around us. Most people aren’t weird enough.
    From me to You Russel Brand, I say keep on keepin on, cause that was only weird to say in the 70’s.

  • Eric Hilton

    This isn’t about Sudan. Nor is it about celebritarian social clout.

  • Eric Hilton

    Instead of using online discussion forums as a means to flex our emotionally charged opinions, let us exercise our ability to learn. All of the assumptions in the world could not prepare anyone for the scismatic nature of addiction.

  • Jesse Kaellis

    I remember this
    I have been lucky all my life. I feel God when I am at my most alone, when I’m in danger. He doesn’t intervene but I sense his presence. My first fight, when the bell rang, the world fell away and I reached into limitless nothingness; I reached with my heart.

    Another time was when I got home from State Line.

    I wasn’t going to go out that night. I watched myself pick up like I was a robot.
    I made a splif with tobacco and smoked the crack. I was wasting it that way but I didn’t have a tube. The fear hit me. Crack was taking over. I was going out on a work night. I was breaking my own rules. I started sobbing, “Help me Jesus, help
    me…” I stopped and listened. Would he answer? I thought I felt a thin presence. I reached out into the nothingness; with my heart. I wasn’t sure. I finished the crack. But that broke it off. I never smoked crack again. What happened is I got strung out on meth.

    If it means anything it means this: I got to do the fucking work.

  • Steve Powell

    Thank you Mr. Brand for your extremely insightful and compassionate essay. It’s been getting shared around FaceBook in light of the Philip Seymour Hoffman tragedy and if anything has a chance of conveying what it’s like to suffer from addiction, your article does.

  • GenJackRipper

    Russel Brand? Oh, sorry I must’ve typed in Newstatesman.co.uk , not spectator.co.uk …

  • GTFOofNOLA

    Pitiful condition to bring upon one’s self. Hard to relate to, like he said. Glad I don’t have it.

  • Jesus

    I live in Mexico, I am a recovering addict and alcoholic and I have shared your article with many of my fellow friends. No doubt we addicts think alike, your words are exactly my words, your feelings exactly mine. That’s why only an addict can help an addict. Congratulations on your article and your honest recovery, it’s been almost 3 years since my last fix and everyday is a battle, luckily I am not fighting it alone.

  • pearlsandoysters

    The problem with re-defining addictions as diseases is very huge indeed. The more our actions/choices are viewed as “disorders” we have no power over, the more the question of free will comes into play.

  • Patti

    Although I don’t agree with everything Russell Brand does, he has a point here. And I always felt the addicts who choose drugs and alcohol got the most attention. What about the people who drown their hurts in food? shopping? gambling? sex or porn? I always felt whether it’s drugs, alcohol or anything else…that person has to face the reality and the pain and choose something else to get through it. And you cannot do it alone. I’m glad Brand is free and hope he stays free. I hope those who’ve written here stay free. I hope I have the strength to face my own hurts without a crutch today..even though it’s legal to drown your sorrow in chocolate, or a doughnut.

    • jk2001

      It’s because it’s so lurid. These drug addicts often have other less transgressive addictions, and people with the more prosaic additictions like workaholism or shopping addiction have found themselves abusing chemicals.

  • Lori Rigato

    I am so fortunate to not be an addict. I thank God for that but this is brilliant Russell. Stay strong.

  • Sweet T

    Very well written. I wish you well in your quest to stay sober. ((HUGS))

  • Shiloh Hockman

    “Reality is my problem” – Russell, you’re an astonishing writer! Loved the blog. Really. I suppose I would just say that this perception is attached to an assumption that you know your perception of reality is accurate. Is it? Because if it isn’t, you may not have any reason whatsoever for it to be a problem. I am an Agnostic. The beauty of it is that once you realize you can’t know anything for certain, you get rid of the view that you have to believe what you used to think you knew. Most people walk around attached to the hip to the perception that “this is what I know about reality, therefore, it’s what I believe” … But when you realize you can’t know things for sure, beliefs become choices. Your whole perception I reality is freed to believe what … Here it is – makes you happy. Gives you hope. What you WANT to believe. The reality you wanted to be immersed in. If reality is the problem, change your reality. And I’m not talking around you, I’m talking about IN you. Make whatever changes in perception you need to be happy. I want the best for you Russell, want the best for all of us! Let me know if you get this. Shilohhockman@gmail.com. Cheers mate!

  • Kathy Brous

    Thank you, Russell. When will we realize that “so many broken people,” is Society’s screw-up? It’s 50% of OECD humans who have some terrible childhood emotional pain like Attachment Disorder.
    Of course 10% or more have pain so bad that they can’t live with the “hole within.” This is a childhood wound to your brain stem! That’s why it responds to the compassionate sound of your friend’s voice and that’s why the “Anonymous” programs work: the wound was made when you didn’t get that compassion in childhood. See “Addiction as an Attachment Disorder” by Philip J. Flores.
    We need mass programs for healing hearts and minds, because people are in pain so bad they’d rather die than live with it — and Nobody seems to be listening.

    See my blog for the science:
    http://attachmentdisorderhealing.com/substance-abuse-or-surviral/

  • Kathy Brous

    [Correcting wrong URL in prior post]

    Thank you, Russell. When will we realize that “so many broken people,” is Society’s screw-up? It’s 50% of OECD humans who have some terrible childhood emotional pain like Attachment Disorder.
    Of course 10% or more have pain so bad that they can’t live with the “hole within.”
    This is a childhood wound to your brain stem! That’s why it responds to the compassionate sound of your friend’s voice and that’s why the “Anonymous” programs work: the wound was made when you didn’t get that compassion in childhood. See “Addiction as an Attachment Disorder” by Philip J. Flores.
    We need mass programs for healing hearts and minds, because people are in pain so bad they’d rather die than live with it — and Nobody seems to be listening. See my blog for the science: http://attachmentdisorderhealing.com/substance-abuse-or-survival

    • http://religionconfidencetrick.blogspot.com/ jonny

      The human contract has been broken. It is irreparable. We wallow in the past when we cannot perceive a future. There is no future but it’s hardly the fault of those who aren’t in denial. What would you have them do, think positive?

      There can be no meaning in a world of lies and violence. We don’t need a mass program for healing hearts and minds. Life is a grossly negative proposition. People are in so much pain, they’d rather die than live.

      You don’t seem to be listening.

  • disqus_2DLrOAaA8p

    Only thing that can free you from addiction is realizing what it really is. It is a sin issue. A worship disorder. When you give your life to Christ then you can find true freedom. The pain and craving doesn’t go away but the power of the Holy Spirit is on your side when you accept Christ, and it is then that you will realize what life is all about. We worship ourselves and our temptations because there is no reason not to, but when we realize that “the chief end of man is to glorify God” (Westminster catechism) that is when life truly begins. Everything we do in this life will be tested by the refiners fire and everything that was not done for God will be burned (Mark 9:49). What will be left of your life when that happens? I challenge everyone who reads this to truly consider it. As someone who has been sober from Heroin for 6 years now and who truly wants to love others by sharing the truth I now know.

  • Rightthinker1954

    My hat goes off to you, I pray for your constant vigilance and recovery. I was not a fan until I saw you in a couple of interviews, and I saw your soul. You are a great person, you have found a voice, use it, as you do so well.

  • Sarah Peters

    So impactful and honest. If only we would listen!

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    Mr. Brand; we are sorry we missed you in Abu Dhabi but understand your dilemma. Happen to be in Dubai again — look us up. .:::::.:::::::…:.:::.::…::.

  • kd0309

    The sickness is sin. That is the gutter that preys on people who are addicts and people who have never even seen drugs. God says you are a sinner. You need a savior and it cannot be another sinner. It can only be God, Jesus Christ. That emptiness that you are trying to to fill can only be completely satisfied with Christ. He died on the cross to pay your deserved punishment and to cleanse you from all the dirt and to free you from the predator. Pick up a Bible and read, start with the book of John and Romans.

    • liblass

      He’s doing fine, thank you–without Jesus. You’re just advocating another crutch, which is also an addiction.

      • kd0309

        If he was fine, why would he be looking for help or even writing this article? He needs something outside of himself to free him from sin. It must be Christ the perfect Son of God. If you want to call believing in Christ an addiction, call it that. That means that being an addict of Christ is the only way to be free from the power of sin and the eternal punishment that is vcoming. Anyone who denies Christ makes himself a fool. Read the Bible it is the word of God, it is truth.

    • AndyP

      Jesus’ message is we are all beloved and there is nothing to forgive. And it’s not ‘his’ message either. He was just telling the Truth.

  • Heather

    Nice elucidation, hopefully this might reach some normies, but at least reached me. I jumped from the wagon several days ago, and called a friend a couple nights ago to confess my failure in recovery. My Mother, actually. One day at a time, yes. Just don’t pick it up, yes. Just don’t pick it up.. but that also means staying away from the people and places that make the decision to pick it up easy. In a small town, this is very isolating, and I find myself wondering which is worse; isolation and depression, or the comfort of company, and the risk of temptation. Thank you for sharing so candidly. I hope to meet people “like” you someday.

    • Izatso?

      Move away. Start a new life. Soon.

  • Janet Keegan Williford

    Thank you so much for sharing. 23 yrs drug and alcohol free. One day at a time with the help of fellowship. And mine was a closet floor :/

  • hankbask

    Looking for artificial chemically induced scape from stress or pain shows weakness. Whatever happened to dealing with unpleasant situations in life head on? From this one develops strength, experience, a backbone. A sense of been there, done that, I’m not intimidated. Whatever happened to using your experience to overcome the emotional fallout. Are we so weak and pampered as a society that we have failed to develop the reflexive survival instinct that comes with being alive? Have we so much leisure time, selfishness and excess money in this mad rush world that we have time to come up with lethal concoctions to hit up the pleasure center of our brain more than is good or necessary? This is about as natural as having sex 9 hours a day. Drugs are the lazy man’s way out. In every life there is balance. To expect to be happy or high the majority of the time is not natural, it is not a right, it should not be a privilege. Believe it or not, there is a HUGE price for people being on drugs: Namely, relationships, children, the degeneration of society as a whole. If you don’t believe it, hit up Amsterdam in the summer sometime. Stay there for a day. Walk the streets, observe everything about the people who flock there for the rampant drug supply. Then ask yourself if this is how you wish to see the rest of the world as a whole.

  • Ann Marie McManus

    In addition to attending meetings, there are 12 steps to “take.” At the end of the 12 steps, I had changed, in my mind, my heart and soul. It is work, but well worth it.

  • davidhill

    If he got behind the Vietnamese cure for class ‘A’ drugs and its introduction he would be doing himself a favour and the rest of humanity.

    Indeed in this respect Clegg (who is kicking up a fuss presently about deregulating drugs) and most of our politicians operate under a cloak of deceit when it comes to the British people in addressing the growing hard drug addiction epidemic in the UK
    and where it is now the official drug capitol of the EU. In this respect they have known since 2004 about the humane ‘CURE’ from Vietnam that has now been
    introduced into their NHS. The reason for this is that behind closed doors (most probably in Downing Street) our political leaders with the giant pharmaceutical companies have blocked its introduction because it would hit the bottom-line considerable, as their ‘maintenance’ system (not a curative system) based on Methadone et al, would be wiped out. Therefore the government would rather pay out billions every year of taxpayer’s funds in supporting this utterly stupid strategy of maintenance that affects over 3 million British people directly and indirectly by the family suffering also whilst their loved ones are addicted. In a modern world how can this be possible, but it is. The strategy that government stopped and that would get 100s of thousands off class ‘A’ drugs is,
    http://worldinnovationfoundation.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/what-successive-governments-and.html

    Clegg does not realise that ‘big’ pharma wants class ‘A’ drugs legislation to be relaxed as then they would have more business coming in with so-called treatments and not cures – increased profits. For drug companies are in the business of treatments and not cures, as if they produced cures, they would kill the fattened calf that produces billions every year in revenues. Basically they are not in the business of cutting their shareholder’s throats and even where it would stop the suffering of millions.

    Clegg and our politicians have not realised that they are being misled by big Pharma and our senior civil servants through their vested interests and not of the wishes of the people and the British voter.

    Dr David Hill
    World Innovation Foundation

  • Rick

    This is great writing at the gut level. I don’t see it that often, but the last time was a book written by NY Times reporter David Carr. The book ‘Night of the Gun’ tells his story in narrative reporting style, and his addiction & recovery while dealing with Cancer. He talks a great deal about it in the movie ‘Page One: Inside the New York Times!’ Gritty & Dark but full of hope for anyone lost in the haze of addiction.
    I have a lot more respect for Russell Brand. I am 69 years of age so we come from two different planets, and that should explain that. Thanks to Russell for opening up in such a meaningful and helpful way.

    • AndyP

      +1 Rick

  • Sandra Burnett-Chvojka

    “The greedy bliss that eats my pain”? Wow. Pretty discriptive. I have to learn to accept and coexist with “my pain” without that greedy bliss,
    that is the challenge.

  • Occam’s Tool

    Nice article. Of course, Russell Brand is still a massive useless bag of refuse who lost out on a beautiful American girl who has more talent than he does in her little finger, but nice article.

    My recommendation as an expert in these matters (I am a boarded UCLA trained psychiatrist) is to HAVE criminal sentences for use, but tie getting rid of them for siuccessfully completing two years of inpatient and outpatient treatment.

    Suboxone is also useful.

    • Inattentive Vigilant

      Wow. I’ve never known a psychiatrist to be such an enormous asshole.

      Congratulations.

  • Jackie Lynn Cobb

    I’m not a Russell Brand fan-at all-but this is right on. Good luck in your daily battle..

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  • Eat My Art Baby

    What a shame this knobhead didn’t OD.

  • c.a. post

    Wow! I have not liked Russell Brand since I first saw him in a movie because his character was a creep. But I have admitted in other films, he IS a good actor. But now, my respect for him just shot through the roof! I worked with AA in America when a friend of mine had to attend for a court-ordered probation after a vehicular homicide. Best people in the WORLD! And Russell Brand shows one of the reasons recovering alcoholics and druggies are that.

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  • Becky McBride Wierzbicki

    Thank you for being so honest with us. More people need to understand that addiction is truly a disease and it would be treated as such. Addicts are not disgusting people, the disease is..respect the addicts and maybe, just maybe they will feel the need get the help they so deserve…like anyone that is sick. Thank you, Russell, I really appreciate you telling your story. Stay with it, One day at a Time.

  • Michael Alphin

    Thank you so much for what you are doing. Like you, the game of fixing life’s troubles by ingesting something was a part of past. At a month and a half shy of seven years, I listened to close to the voices and bought something from a head shop. On April 30, God willing and with my effort, that will be fifteen years ago.

    Keep up all you are doing for so many.

  • http://www.mother-of-a-junkie.org Mother-of-a-Junkie

    Thank you SO much for speaking so openly about your struggles and your recovery!! It is heroes like YOU who can create a sea change against the stigma of addiction. It is so difficult for people to reach out for help when addiction is so shrouded in shame and secrecy. Yes, once upon a time my son chose to try heroin. Now he is consumed by what I call “want for wants that he desperately does not want”. In this context, the continued STIGMA, even within treatment centers, is part of what makes it so difficult to get into recovery (at least from my perspective as a mother of a heroin addict). Countless times, two weeks into rehab my son has relapsed and the treatment response has been to ban him from the program for “not being ready”, rather than bringing him back into the fold of treatment with the understanding that frequent relapses can be expected and are actually part of the early recovery process for many people. Instead, the system, and most of society shames and blames my son (and me as his mother, I mean afterall, I must not have instilled respect or morals in my son…pffft Believe me, I know this attitude all too well, as I was just as self righteous until it happened to MY son). In actuality, it’s the system, including ALL of us with our stigmatizing beliefs and lack of understanding that addiction is a DISEASE, that has failed my son even more than he has failed himself. Yes, I do agree that choice is key…that an addict must choose to seek recovery. And yet, most of what we do in treatment and as a society impedes, rather than supports addicts as they confront the most difficult struggle they will ever face in their lives; for those who survive, that is.
    It’s time to end the stigma.

  • cath2

    people don’t understand that drugs are like ‘apple pie’ – once you have them, you never forget the taste. I was a lucky one and it never got to me…but i know where he’s coming from, for sure and YES, it is like alcoholism – and the folks that have it, need to be treated and not condemned.

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    Thanks for writing this. It helps others understand what addicts and the people who love and care for them go through. This was very emotional for me to read. I support your idea for more accessible care for addicts.

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  • Williams Smith

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  • Katherina

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  • Trucker Stacey

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  • Sarah Kelly

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  • jessica

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  • Sarah Martins

    Thanks to Dr. Trust

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  • Mike Olivia

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    Hello To The World At Large, I am Miss sonia.I will start by saying to all that have experience heart break and also can’t do without their lover should please stop here and read up my story.So that you will know how to go get your ex back from this spell caster.AND AGAIN I WILL WANT TO ALSO TELL YOU ALL THAT THIS SPELL CASTER I WANT TO TELL THE WHOLE WORLD ABOUT IS HARMLESS AND DO NOT HAVE ANY SIDE EFFECT, BUT TO RESTORE AND GIVE YOU BACK WHAT YOU DESERVE, BECAUSE WHEN I MEANT WITH THIS SPELL CASTER THAT WAS INTRODUCED TO ME BY THE WIFE OF MY BOSS IN MY WORKING PLACE, HE MADE IT CLEAR TO ME THAT THERE IS NO PROBLEM THE SPELL CASTER CANNOT SOLVE. Last year December My lover was cheating on me and was not also giving me the attention that a man should give to a woman,And really that was troubling my mind and tearing my heart apart to the extent that i was not concentrating in the office the way i use to before the break up by my HUSBAND.And before that incident,I always see how my boss so much love his wife.I began to think if was not doing the right thing to my husband that will make him love me forever,So i was confuse and i really gathered my courage and went to my boss wife office to ask her the secret that made her husband love her so dearly,In the first place she refused in telling me,She asked me why i am asking her such a question,That if is not normal for every man to love his wife.I told her the reason that made me ask her the question,That my husband have started cheating on me lately,When i knelt down before her,for her to see my seriousness in this issue,She opened up to me by telling me that i should not tell anybody about what she want to tell me,The wife to my boss started to say to me that she used a very powerful spell on his husband to love her,And the spell that she used is harmless, But the spell is just to make him love her but also never to look at any other woman except her.I QUICKLY ASK HER HOW DID SHE GET TO KNOW THIS GREAT,POWERFUL,DURABLE AND PERFECT SPELL CASTER,she said that a friend of her’s also introduce her to him. Then i also ask her how can i meet with this spell caster.SHE SAID EVERYTHING TO ME,THAT THE NAME OF THIS SPELL CASTER IS DR UGBAKHUAN ORACLE TEMPLE.My next question to her was how can i get this wonderful spell caster,She said she is going to give me the email address of the spell caster for me to contact him for my problem,Really she gave to me this spell caster email address and i contacted him and explained all to him,and he told me what to do to bring my husband back in two days.Truly as he said, In the next two days My HUSBAND that hated me so much came to the house begging for forgiveness and i was so glad that i have finally gotten my heart desire.I was so grateful to this spell caster for what he has done for me. So i made a promise to him that i will continue to tell the world about his wonderful work towards me and also to others that came to you before and also the people that will also get to you from my story that i narrated online now..I will want to say to the entire world that you should not cry over noting again, That there is a great man that has been helping people to restore their Joy and smile in their faces!! The direct email to get this man is :ugbakhuanspelltemple@gmail.com.This is what i want to tell you all out there that all hope is not lost okay.Thanks Regards, Miss sonia.

  • Williams Harryson

    I AM BELA i want to give thanks and i will always give thanks to DR.ugbakhuan who brought back my love that has left me for 6years within 48hours, i have said about this last week but i promised to always tell people about this every week end so that those that did not read about it last week will read about it this week, i have been looking for how to get this boy back to my life because i love this boy with the whole of my heart, i could not replace him with any body,one day i was watching my television when i saw a lady giving thanks to DR.ugbakhuan and telling the world how he helped her i was so shocked i could not believe it because i never taught that there are powers that can bring back lost love, then that was how i decided to contact him too because i do really need my love back,when i contacted him i told him everything and he told me not to worry that my love will surely be back to my arms within 48hours at first i could not believe because i was thinking how could somebody that has gone for 6years come back within 48 hours,so then i decided to watch and see,unbelievable within the next 48hours i got a call from unknown number so i decided to pick the call the next thing i could hear was my loves voice he was pleading and begging me on the phone that i should forgive him that i should forget all that have happened that he did not know what came over him,he promised not to leave for any reason, that he was really sorry for what he did,i was so surprised because i never believed that this could happen,so that was how i accepted his apology and the next morning he came to my house and still pleading for me to forgive him i told him that everything is okay that i have forgiven him, that was how we started again and now we are married, i promised to say this testimony in radio station, commenting this testimony is still okay but before this month runs out i promise to say this in radio station and i will,sir thank you very much.World please am begging you people to try and thank this man for me,or if you need his help here is his email address:ugbakhuanspelltemple@gmail.com

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    My Name is TRACY, From United Kingdom. I wish to share my testimonies with the general public about what this man called ugbakhuan has just done for me , this man has just brought back my lost Ex husband to me with his great spell, I was married to this man called Steven we were together for a long time and we loved our self’s but when I was unable to give him a child for 2 years he left me and told me he can’t continue anymore then I was now looking for ways to get him back until a friend of mine told me about this man and gave his contact email(ugbakhuanspelltemple@gmail.com) then you won’t believe this when I contacted this man on my problems he prepared this spell cast and bring my lost husband back, and after a month I miss my month and go for a test and the result stated am pregnant am happy today am a mother of a baby girl, thank you once again the great ugbakhuan for what you have done for me, if you are out there passing through any of this problems listed below:

    1) If you want your ex back.
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    I am Julletia Fiyong a citizen of Mexico but now recide in Numbai India,,i have been in a relationship with fiance for seven years, he suddenly started behaving violently and when i tried correcting him, he beat me up and broke up with me, I did everything possible to bring him back but all was in vain, I wanted him back so much because of the love I have for him, I begged him with everything, I made promises but he refused. I explained my problem to someone online and she suggested that I should rather contact a spell caster that could help me cast a spell to bring him back but I am the type that never believed in spell, I had no choice than to try it, I mailed the spell caster, and he told me there was no problem that everything will be okay before five days, that my ex will return to me before five days, he cast the spell and surprisingly in the fourth day, it was around 4pm. My ex called me, I was so surprised, I answered the call and all he said was that he was so sorry for everything that happened, that he wanted me to return to him, that he loves me so much. I was so happy and went to him, that was how we started living together happily again. Since then, I have made promise that anybody I know that have a relationship problem, I would be of help to such person by referring him or her to the only real and powerful spell caster who helped me with my own problem and who is different from all the fake ones out there. Anybody could need the help of the spell caster, his email is Ugbakhuanspelltemple@gmail.com you can email him if you need his assistance in your relationship or anything: Ugbakhuanspelltemple@gmail.com or you can also visit his website:http://ugbakhuanspelltemple.webs.com

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    I had to write back and say what an amazing experience I had with dodogodssolution@yahoo.com. l am tina. I was desperate for a kind and gentle man to enter my life when I ran into your email doing some surfing. I had a phone consultation with Dr dodogods and I found him to be so helpful, gentle and reassuring. Within a couple of weeks, I met a guy in a dance club who really swept me off my feet. I’ve been with him for several months now and we seem to be the perfect couple. All it took was one visit to Dr dodogods and my life is as good as it has ever been. I need to thank Dr.dodogods for caring about me enough to send me such a wonderful and powerful spell.thanks

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    I AM Dora Sandy i want to give thanks and i will always give thanks to Priest ina who brought back my divorce husband that has left me for 6years within 48hours,i have said about this last week but i promised to always tell people about this every weekend so that those that did not read about it last week will read about it this week,i have been looking for how to get pregnant and how to get my divorce husband back to my life because i love him with the whole of my heart,i could not replace him with any body,one day i was watching my television when i saw a lady giving thanks to priest ina and telling the world how he helped her i was so shocked i could not believe it because i never taught that there are powers that can bring back lost marriage,then that was how i decided to contact him too because i do really need my divorce husband back,when i contacted him i told him everything and he told me not to worry that my divorce husband will surely be back to me, within 48hours at first i could not believe because i was thinking how could somebody that has gone for 6years come back within 48 hours,so then i decided to watch and see,unbelievable within the next 48hours i got a call from unknown number so i pick the call the next thing i could hear was my husbands voice he was pleading and begging me on the phone that i should forgive him that i should forget all that have happened that he did not know what came over him,he promised not to leave for any reason,that he was really sorry for what he did,i was so surprised because i never believed that this could happen,so that was how i accepted his apology and the next morning he came back home to meet me and still pleading for me to forgive him i told him that everything is okay that i have forgiven him,that was how we started again and he has Chang,i promised to say this testimony in radio station,commenting this testimony that now am pregnant,but still okay before this month runs out i promise to say this in radio station and i will sir, thank you very much.World please am begging you people to try and help me thank this man for me,or if you need his help here is his email address prophetoyinbojesus@yahoo.com or you can also reach him through his mobile number,+2348074066640……

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    My name is lius Francisca, and I base in U.S.A…My life is back!!! After 2 years of Broken marriage, my husband left me with two kids . I felt like my life was about to end i almost committed suicide, i was emotionally down for a very long time. Thanks to a spell caster called Dr Jatto, which i met online. On one faithful day, as I was browsing through the internet,I came across allot of testimonies about this particular spell caster. Some people testified that he brought their Ex lover back, some testified that he restores womb,cure cancer,and other sickness, some testified that he can cast a spell to stop divorce and so on. i also come across one particular testimony,it was about a woman called Lydia,she testified about how he brought back her Ex lover in less than 2 days, and at the end of her testimony she dropped Dr Jatto E-mail address. After reading all these,I decided to give it a try. I contacted him VIA Email and explained my problem to him. In just 48hours, my husband came back to me. We solved our issues, and we are even happier than before Dr Jatto, is really a gifted man and i will not stop publishing him because he is a wonderful man… If you have a problem and you are looking for a real and genuine spell caster to solve all your problems for you. Try drjattosplltemple@gmail.com anytime, he might be the answer to your problems. Here’s his Email drjattosplltemple@gmail.com OR CALL +2349035512062.

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  • admasellia

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    that faithful day 4th of April 20st 2:23pm when he came to the house to
    pick his things, that was when i knew that situation has gotten out of hand
    and he then told me he want to quit the marriage which i have built for
    over 6 years, i was confused and dumbfounded i called on family’s and
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    My name is ADMAS ELLIA and i want to testify of the good work done by a
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    the father of my kids started putting up some strange behaviour, i never
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    that faithful day 4th of April 20st 2:23pm when he came to the house to
    pick his things, that was when i knew that situation has gotten out of hand
    and he then told me he want to quit the marriage which i have built for
    over 6 years, i was confused and dumbfounded i called on family’s and
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    kids welfare, rent-age and all of it, i really went through hair. until a
    day i was browsing on the internet and i happen to meet DR OFRUE, i never
    believed on this but i needed my man back so i gave the spell caster my
    problem at first i never trusted him so i was just doing it but you know a
    problem shared is half solved after 2das my husband called me Telling me
    that he his coming back home and that was all. now we are living happily as
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  • Katherina

    i live and work in USA. My life is back!!! After 2 years of Broken marriage, my husband left me with two kids, I felt like ending it all, i almost committed suicide because he left us with nothing, i was emotionally down all this while. Thanks to a spell caster called Dr.OLOKUM of Lavender love spell which i met online. On one faithful day, as I was browsing through the internet, I came across several of testimonies about this particular spell caster. Some people testified that he brought their Ex lover back, some testified that he restores womb,cure cancer,and other sickness, some testified that he can cast a spell to stop divorce and also spell to get a good paid job so on. He is amazing, i also come across one particular testimony, it was about a woman called Vera, she testified about how he brought back her Ex lover in less than 2 days, and at the end of her testimony she dropped his email.After reading all these, I decided to give it a try. I contacted him via email and explained my problem to him. In just 48hours, my husband came back to me. We resolved our issues, and we are even happier than ever.Dr.OLOKUM you are a gifted man and i will not stop publishing him because he is a wonderful man. If you have a problem and you are looking for a real and genuine spell caster, Try him anytime, he is the answer to your problems. you can contact him on (LAVENDERLOVESPELL@YAHOO.COM) or call him +2347053977842. he is the best caster that can help you with your problems.

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      I am Lydia Fred i lives in united states and i was in a serious relationship with my Ex Guy for 3 good years.. One day we were in a dinner party, we had a little misunderstanding which lead to a Quarrel and he stood up and left me at the dinner party. i try to call him but he was not picking my calls so after than i contacted my brother and told him about it,my brother so much love me that he had to see him on my behalf,he told my brother that it is over between us. I cry all day, Then i contacted a friend of mine that had this similar experience and she directed me to Dr.Azuka, and i contacted him and tell him my problems how i lost my relationship with my lover. at first i thought it was not going to be possible.i was ask to come up with a little requirement information of me and my Ex Guy,so i did what i was ask to do, after 24Hours the spell was cast i was in my office when my Ex Guy called me and was asking me to forgive him and come back to him. i was very surprise it was like a dream to me. my ex is now back and he treat me very good. and our relationship is now stronger ask ever before. if you are act there looking for help is time for you to still put your hope on dr. azuka love spell, i promise you that you will be happy with your ex again email him. Greatazukalovespell@gmail.com or greatazukalovespell@yahoo.com tell +2348071398555…..

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      I am Lydia Fred i lives in united states and i was in a serious relationship with my Ex Guy for 3 good years.. One day we were in a dinner party, we had a little misunderstanding which lead to a Quarrel and he stood up and left me at the dinner party. i try to call him but he was not picking my calls so after than i contacted my brother and told him about it,my brother so much love me that he had to see him on my behalf,he told my brother that it is over between us. I cry all day, Then i contacted a friend of mine that had this similar experience and she directed me to Dr.Azuka, and i contacted him and tell him my problems how i lost my relationship with my lover. at first i thought it was not going to be possible.i was ask to come up with a little requirement information of me and my Ex Guy,so i did what i was ask to do, after 24Hours the spell was cast i was in my office when my Ex Guy called me and was asking me to forgive him and come back to him. i was very surprise it was like a dream to me. my ex is now back and he treat me very good. and our relationship is now stronger ask ever before. if you are act there looking for help is time for you to still put your hope on dr. azuka love spell, i promise you that you will be happy with your ex again email him. Greatazukalovespell@gmail.com or greatazukalovespell@yahoo.com tell +2348071398555………

    • Becky Ross

      My name is Becky Ross , I really want to testify to the good work of Dr. Ogala for what he has don for me . couple of years ago, my husband left home after we had little misunderstanding, he never returned, no phone calls, no letters, no emails and no sign of him anywhere.and at the same time My daughter got sick so ill, things were so tough for me. I had lost hope, 2 years ago, i met a psychic, he said he would help me, i give him a try but all to no nothing happened, i lost hope completely, my daughter’s situation got worse each day. Last month, i saw a posting concerning the good works of the Spiritual professional(Dr. Ogala), i told the great man my problem and he told me that there is nothing to be worry about for me contacting him all my problem is savol .. He asked me to provide the spiriual materials needed to cast the spells and of cost which i did (Bring Lover back, Healing spell and Career spells). In a matter of weeks, my husband called me and told me he was sorry and that he wants to come back to me and that he would explain everything when he comes back, three days later, i got a call from the new job i apple for with an Real Estate company, right now, my daughter’s is finally healed. I want to thanks DR. Ogala,for what he has don for me and my family. you can contact him via email: Holyspellcast@gmail.com or Holyspellcast@yahoo.com his web site http://holyspellcast.webs.com his the solution to all problem i no you are going to be the next to shera your testsimony to people you can call the great man on +2348039456308….

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  • Derek Natasha

    Hi, my name is Derek Natasha. I have been in great bondage for almost 2 years suffering in the hands of a cheating husband,we were happy and leaving well until he meant his old time girl friend and he started dating her outside our marriage before you knew he stoped caring and taking care of his own family it was to the extent that he was planning to get married to her and divorce me his own wife, i have cried and reported him to his family but he never listened to any one but to cut my story short i came in search for a real spell caster who could destroy their relationship and make him come back to me and our 2 kids on my search i saw people making testimony on how their marriage where restored by Dr.Trust i pick his email and i narrated my story to him and he agreed to help me and after performing a spell on the second day both had a quarrel and he beat his girlfriend up and he came home begging for i and my little kids to forgive him that his eyes are clear now that he will never do any thing that will hurt his family again and promise to be a caring father and never cheat again.I am so so happy that i did not loose him to the girl. all appreciation goes to Dr.Trust for you are a Great spell caster and to whom this may concern if you have a cheating husband or wife or you need your ex lover back again. you can as well email him on (Ultimatespellcast@yahoo.com or ultimatespellcast@gmail.com) or you can call him +2348156885231. web site http://ultimatespellcast-net.webs.com .

  • Greg Williams

    I have been in bondage ever since my ex leaves ME for another man,It was really hell for me and everybody told me to forget about her but i could not because i love her so much. Things get worse until my friend introduced me to this great spell Therapist ONIHA and i contacted him through his email winexbackspell@gmail.com i explain everything to him and he cast a spell for me immediately after four days, everything turn around and my love come to me on her knee begging for forgiveness that i am the one and only man in her life now. I was surprise i have never seen such a miracle in my life. I am so thankful to this man and i will forever publish his name Therapist Oniha of the winexbackspell@gmail.com is the greatest.

  • eriannamoric

    After the fifth year relationship with my boyfriend, he changed suddenly and stopped contacting me regularly, to come up with excuses not to see me all the time. He stopped answering my calls and sms to me and stopped me regularly. Then I started to catch him with different girls several times, but each time he told me that I love and I needed some time to think about our relationship.But can not stop thinking about him, so I decided to go online and vi so many good talk about this caster and I communicate with him and explain my problems to him.He a love spell for me, which I use and after two days, my boyfriend turned to me and began to contact me regularly and we moved in together after a few months and he was more open to me than before and began to spend more time with me than his friends. Finally we got married and now we have been happily married for 3 years, with a son. From Dr.TRUSTde TRUELOVESPELLTEMPLE@GMAIL.COMme helped my partner is very stable, faithful and closer to me than before.You can also contact the caster and get your fix relation Email: TRUELOVESPELLTEMPLE@GMAIL.COM

  • Suzie Q

    Great promotional link to a subscription with “free bottle of champagne” at the bottom of an article discussing the pain / anguish of people in recovery and the daily struggle to resist….

  • Lorna Harron

    My name is Lorna Harron, and I base in USA…My life is back!!! After 2 years of Broken marriage, my husband left me with two kids . I felt like my life was about to end i almost committed suicide, i was emotionally down for a very long time. Thanks to a spell caster called Dr momodo, which i met online. On one faithful day, as I was browsing through the internet,I came across allot of testimonies about this particular spell caster. Some people testified that he brought their Ex lover back, some testified that he restores womb,cure cancer,and other sickness, some testified that he can cast a spell to stop divorce and so on. i also come across one particular testimony,it was about a woman called Sonia,she testified about how he brought back her Ex lover in less than 2 days, and at the end of her testimony she dropped Dr momodo’s e-mail address. After reading all these,I decided to give it a try. I contacted him via email and explained my problem to him. In just 48hours, my husband came back to me. We solved our issues, and we are even happier than before Dr momodo, is really a gifted man and i will not stop publishing him because he is a wonderful man… If you have a problem and you are looking for a real and genuine spell caster to solve all your problems for you. Try High momodospelltemple@gmail.com anytime, he might be the answer to your problems. Here’s his contact: momodospelltemple@gmail.com

  • Lorna Harron

    I want to use this golden opportunity to appreciate the great spell caster called Dr.ogboni, for helping me get back my relationship with my ex lover when he ended and turned his back on me for quite a long period of time. email: Dr ogboni,i performed a spell for me and within 48 hours after the spell had been casted i receive a call from my ex saying that he is sorry for hurting me and that he will not do such thing to me in his life again, I was surprised but later accepted him back. Anyone that is in the same line of problem or having difficulties in there marriages should contact Dr.ogboni on his email address: ogbonispelltemple@gmail.com

  • Becky Jones

    MY LIFE IS BACK , I am williams Joy by name. Greetings to every one that is reading this testimony. I have been rejected by my husband after three(4) years of marriage just because another woman had a spell on him and he left me and the kid to suffer. one day when i was reading through the web, i saw a post on how this spell caster on this address idialuspelltemple@gmail.com, have help a woman to get back her husband and i gave him a reply to his address and he told me that a woman had a spell on my husband and he told me that he will help me and after 3 days that i will have my husband back. i believed him and today i am glad to let you all know that this spell caster have the power to bring lovers back. because i am now happy with my husband. Thanks for Dr idialu. His email: idialuspelltemple@gmail.com,,

  • Justin Hoffman

    Russell is pushing AA. He isn’t saying it because thats not what youre supposed to do according to the traditions. He talks about funding rehabs that share his beliefs. This is very typical of most people that have been brainwashed by AA. They see it as the only way. They see abstinence as the only way. Sadly AA and our rehab system is a great big failure. AA estimates a 3% success rate and our rehabs average about a 6% success rate. Why such low numbers? It isn’t that addicts are hopeless its that what were doing is backwards and wrong.
    What Im going to tell you might sound a little crazy but please have an open mind.
    I was a 17 year labeled hopeless opiate addict. 30 rehabs and 10 years of AA. The most time I was ever clean was 3 months out of 17 years of addiction. After once again finding myself stuck on Drs meds ( suboxone ) I knew I had to kick again. I was depressed and even suicidal. I was up one night and happened to see HBO’s show VICE. That night they had a special on Ibogaine. An illegal PLANT from Africa that cures addiction and lets you withdraw with maybe 5% of what you would normally feel. I went to Mexico because they’re smart enough not to criminalize it and 8 hours after taking it I knew it was all over. I just went on my 18th month of living opiate and medication free. Im healthier than ever and more balanced than ever.
    Preaching abstinence and AA like Russell does is dangerous and the best part is this guy talks about being such an open mind free thinker but he praises a cult like program that refuses to think outside the box. I was told my first day back in AA not to talk about Ibogaine in the rooms because its mind altering. Ah this plant just stopped a 17 year habit in its tracks. Why would a program be opposed to talking about it? Ill let you people do the math on that.
    Why is Ibogaine illegal? It works. It would cripple our economy and put big pharma out of business. If anyway needs any info let me know.

  • Jonathan Kendrick

    Obama intentionally causes chaos to advance his own destructive, delusional agenda.

  • Fred Kruger

    Yours is the first written that strikes directly home to me, who behaves just as you describe

  • Diggery Whiggery

    Those who become addicted to drugs should of course be helped, but unless there is a strong and forceful legal and social deterrent to using drugs in the first place, there’ll be no end to the number of people who’ll need help.

    This is not an either/or choice.

    Before we give up on the war on drugs we should actually carry out a war on drugs. The only one that would work however is one that targets the consumer.

  • http://twitter.com/WinstonCDN WinstonCDN

    Seriously?

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  • Graham Higginson

    Thanks for sharing , im almost 3 years in , and grateful

  • Evans Fred

    Am now happy happy and happy, my name is fred sherry from England I believe dr.uzor now, After so many comments on how dr.uzor helped alot of people got back their Ex, Jobs and properties, i contacted him and tell my story of how a lady broke my relationship, Been married for 8yrs and with 3kids, suddenly my Husband moved out and told me never to contact him again, i was so heart broken, depressed and sad, after all the story,dr.uzor told me to put my mind at rest and told me that all my problems will be solved within 2days , i was still hoping until dr.uzor called me again for my husbands picture and told me, i will have to get some items and i did all he asked me, on Sunday morning my husband came home by himself and knelt down to beg me, weeping bitterly and asked for forgiveness, i did forgive him and i told dr.uzor about everything and he said all he wants from me is to share the good news with the world so people out there , here is a prove that real casters are still online, for any kind of problems that need solutions, contact him:uzorspelltemple@gmail.com or you can still
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  • Jeffrey Dowling

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  • annonymox

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  • lizzy benjamin

    HELLO EVERYBODY AM LIZZY FROM IRELAND I AM FULL OF JOY FOR WHAT DR AGBALAGBA DID FOR ME, I NEVER TAUGHT SPELL CASTING WAS REAL BECAUSE I HAVE CONTACTED ALOT OF SPELL CASTERS AND THEY ALL COLLECTED MY MONEY WITHOUT GIVING ME RESULT, SOMEBODY TOLD ME OF AGBALAGBA SO I GAVE IT A TRY, BEHOLD! I WAS SUPRISED OF EVERYTHING MY HUSBAND LEFT ME FOR 11YRS BUT AGBALAGBA TOLD ME NOT TO WORRY THAT HE WILL RETURN HIM BACK TO ME . TODAY AM THE MOST HAPPIEST WOMAN IN THE WORLD BECAUSE AGBALAGBA RESTORE JOY BACK TO ME BY BRINGING HIM BACK, AM GREATFUL FOR EVERYTHING BECAUSE I NEVER TAUGHT I WILL EVER FEEL THE WARM TOUCH OF MY HUSBAND AGAIN, I PROMISED HIM THAT I WILL ALWAYS SINGS HIS PRAISES EVERYWHERE I GO AND TELL THE WHOLE WORLD OF HOW POWERFUL HE IS…. CONTACT HIM THROUGH THIS EMAIL FOR ALL THOSE OF YOU WHO WANTS TO BE HAPPY LIKE ME AGAIN.. AGBALAGBATEMPLE@YAHOO.COM

  • Scoan Healings

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  • Onofe Auguster

    Today being the most happiest day of my life after 1 year of sadness and sorrow without being with the one i love so much, i tried all my possible best to make sure i make my lover happy but it never seems to work out well it was like am doing everything in vain but all thanks to Dr onofe for coming to change all my worries and sadness to Joy. i knew the great man when i read some wonderful reviews about Dr Onofe how he has helped a lots of people on there relationship problem i was reading a magazine which then i saw great testimonies as well which then i decided not to waste time because i have missed my lover so much i decided to contact him and share all my problem with him which then he told me not to worry that he assures me that within 48 hours everything would be sorted out i believed Dr Onofe so much because i believe he can’t fail me but truly Dr Onofe never failed me cos a man that stand on his worlds is really a man,my husband who left me for a year plus replied my text and for the first time returned my calls and asked me to please forgive him i was so happy and so grateful to Dr Onofe for what he has done for me. if you are there passing through this same problem or of any kinds just contact this great man on onofetemple@yahoo.com or call him on +2348100078330.

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  • Vivian Adam

    Vivian After being in marriage with Clem
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    our marriage back but all was in vain, I wanted him back so much
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    refused. I explained my problem to someone online and she suggested that
    I should rather contact a spell caster that could help me cast a spell
    to bring our marriage back but I am the type that never believed in
    spell, I had no choice than to try it, I mailed the spell caster, and he
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    days, that my husband will return to me before four days, he cast the
    spell and surprisingly in the second day, it was around 4pm. My husband
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    that he was so sorry for everything that happened, that he is very very
    sorry for the pains he has put me and with our kinds, that he wanted us
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    again as one family, Since then I have made promise that anybody I know
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  • Wyatt Oscar

    OMG!!! i cant believe that this great female spell caster helped me with this great miracle. I am full of joy and happiness now that my wife is back in my life. we separated for 6 months, until a friend introduced me to this great powerful female spell caster pristessiyawospelltemple online, and i explained my predicament to her because i love Anita my wife so very much that i cant just stay without thinking of our past. I love her so so much i can not afford to just forget about her. And she promised and assured me that she will bring her back to me in just 24 hours after her spell casting. which she put me through on what to do and i did perfectly and at the end of it all my ex wife came back to me begging and screaming for forgiveness which i did not think twice before i hugged and accepted her. we kissed and till now, we are both living together as husband and wives. because priestess Iyawo told me that her spell casting lasts forever, which everybody that she has helped has also testified about her too. the great priestess Iyawo brought my ex back to me, and i don’t know how much to thank and appreciate her for her powerful and wonderful works that she has done for me. you can contact her on her website http://pristessiyawospellmiracletemple.webs.com

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  • Ellen Stifler Logan

    This is a fact that i know and every woman that will be reading this also know. We will do anything possible to keep or get the one one we love though we might go about it in different ways but what does it matter how we went about it all that matters, is that we get them. My now husband for two years was not always in love with me me he only saw me as this close friend and personal assistance. He was married to a very beautiful nice woman. I always prayed i would get to have a very happy family like the he had with his ex wife. You could fill the love and passion in the air just as you walk into their home. This ought not be be my story to tell but still i will because he is my husband now. After four years of their beautiful marriage, i say beautiful because they loved each other at least i know my husband loved her then. His ex wife out got really sick he developed stroke. It was really bad but he never left her side he always always there for her. He was always in the hospital with her day and night. I just though he was the bravest and caring man that i have ever know. And yeah, she got well but not all the way i mean she came back but not her love and affection. I don’t know maybe it was the sickness that changed her or she never really loved my husband and felt he was the cause of her problem her sickness and all the bad things that had happened to her since they meant. She gave him hell, she got mad at him over every little thing she stopped him form seeing all his friend and female friends and even made him fire me. She was obsessed with things like he was cheating on her and his friends are telling him to leave her. She was diagnosed and was free form psychological break down. I don’t know she just developed hatred for my now husband. She constantly threatened to take everything form him his house, constructing firm and even with that he still loved her. He would complain to me all day about what’s happening telling me how he wants to fix thing between him and her even when it became really bad that they no longer shared the same bed she would not let him touch her. I thought it was my chance with him but i was fooling myself because yeah i told him how i felt for him and i thrown myself at him but it did not work he still wanted to be with his wife. He live like that with her for one year. I loved him and he was suffering i wanted to set him free from her so i contacted a powerful spell caster Obudun Magonata to help me make him love me. He asked me to get some materials which was hard for me to find because i would have had to break many laws and got my self in trouble so i just wired the expense to him and after four days my wise came true he loved me just as he love his ex wife i was the apple of the eye just like how he was the apple of my eye but Obudun Magonata told me that his ex wife would let let us be and she will frustrate our love until we give up and just as he told me it happened he wanted 70% of everything my husband had and the court was already in her favor plus she was from a very powerful family. That brought another problem he was ready to loss all he had for us but still he did not want to loss them but thanks to Obudun Magonata He helped use with another spell that made her drop the case and just signed the papers to let use be together. I t was mind blowing what Obudun Magonata did for us it not just as you read now it was so supernatural. Even before i had my first child he told me that we will last forever till death because of the two kids i will bear for him. Its also coming to pass i have a 2 years old son and i am pregnant for the second child now.Only those like me who Obudun Magonata have helped knows how powerful he is. Only him can solve the unsolved if you need his help use this email (spiritsofobudunmagonata@ (yahoo). com) rewrite this email in the standard email format to use.+

  • Alan Pratt

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  • LOUIS MULLER

    My life is back!!! After 10 years of Broken marriage, my husband left me and our two Kids . I felt like my life was about to end i almost committed suicide, i was emotionally down for a very long time. Thanks to a spell caster called Dr OKAYA who i meet online. On one faithful day, as I was browsing through the internet, I was searching for a good spell caster that can solve my problems. I came across alot of testimonies about this particular spell caster. Some people testified that he brought their Ex lover back, some testified that he restores womb,cure cancer,and other sickness, some testified that he can cast a spell to stop divorce and so on. i also come across one particular testimony,it was about a woman called Jessica Esteves,she testified about how Dr OKAYA brought back her Ex lover in less than 2 days and reverse the effect of their little boys cancer, and at the end of her testimony she dropped Dr OKAYA e-mail address. After reading all these,I decided to give Dr OKAYA a try. I contacted him via email and explained my problem to him. In just 2 days, my husband came back to me. We solved our issues, and we are even happier than before. Dr OKAYA is really a gifted man and i will not stop publishing him because he is a wonderful man… If you have a problem and you are looking for a real and genuine spell caster to solve all your problems for you. Try Dr OKAYA anytime, he is the answer to your problems. Here’s his contact OKAYASPELLHELP@OUTLOOK.COM Thank you Dr OKAYA Or call Dr Okaya via Number +2348078291904

    Best Regard Cindy Tyler

  • mikeusnret

    Although I can’t stand the guy, this is a great article.

  • PAVLA DASKALOV

    Not to write too many line, i just want to say that this comment what it is , is just to let you know how real and authentic OBUDUN MANGONATA is. I just happen to be another person that OBUDUN MANGONATA has helped in a way i can not explain. I was in love with a royal blood and he was also madly in love with me but the world was against us literally because i was from his kind of family or rich as a matter of fact but OBUDUN MANGONATA in his greatness help me out. Yes OBUDUN MANGONATA helped me with he spell and he send me a package containing what i can not disclose all i can say is that it was the result of the spell he helped me cast and he gave instruction on how i would use it to make the spell effective. I did all he asked of me and just like he promise me at the beginning, the spell made my fiance entire family love respect and treat me like their own child. No one really cares if you contact OBUDUN MANGONATA or not but if you are in real problem and nothing seems to be working out for you please contact OBUDUN MANGONATA because you will only be helping yourself and yourself only use this email as contact { spirits of obudun magonata @ yahoo . com } combine word name character together to form his email .

  • Bobba

    I was a heroin addict 4 about 6 years in the 90’s. I kicked it on my own but in jail, hardest thing I have ever been through, can’t even explain what ur body goes through when going cold turkey, u will never know unless u have been there. But I will never 4 get what the buzz is like, will always b there but I know I could never go through the that again, took over my life and nothing else mattered!!! People do look at u as scum cause ur a smack head, it is an illness that u get dragged into… People need 2 look at it illness cause it is, starts off as a bit of funny till it takes over ur life!!!

    • Sunshine Sux

      You’re not scum. You were just a heroin addict. Good for you for getting clean.
      Brand IS scum, for completely other reasons.

  • Amanda Paul

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  • Sunshine Sux

    I’m glad Russell Brand’s mini memoir got 1 (relevant) comment, in nearly 3 weeks.
    Crawl back under the rock you came from, you slimy slug. Your 15 minutes, ended an hour ago.

  • ill-liberal

    The problem is that your softly, softly approach, treating addicts as being sick, absolves responsibility for a stupid action and places the burden of others’ mistakes on the rest of society. Most people manage quite easily to not become drug addicts, even people who have taken drugs of varying description.

    It seems to be that as some woman you fancy has chosen someone else, then we should all feel sorry for you and, again, absolve you of responsibility of any stupid action that may follow.

    I’d much prefer the message to be Stay away from drugs, not only will it ruin your life but you’ll quite likely end up dead or in jail, than, don’t do drugs, if you do we’ll all fuss around you and do whatever you need until you feel better about things and can hopefully stop ( but don’t worry, if you do, we’ll keep on trying).

    • Sam

      Do you talk down to people with other mental health illnesses too?

      In this day and age I’d seriously hope we can get past the “it’s a lack of morals” BS. Addiction is a mental health issue just like Clinical Depression or anything else.

      • ill-liberal

        I think you do a great diservice to people with genuine mental health problems. Allowing drug addicts to pass the buck for their own decisions is bad enough, but to bring the mentally ill down to that level is disgusting.

        I feel sorry for these people, don’t get me wrong, and their are many different reasons as to why people end up in these situations, but it still boils down to a bad decision they have made. Bad decisions have bad consequences, this is just a fact of life that it’s better we remain aware of.

        • Sam
          • chazzkat

            Just because drug users are compensating for their mental health issues by using does not mean drug abuse and mental health issues are the same thing. I should know, I’ve experienced both and I made a better choice. Am now clean and sober, although the mental health issues remain. I figured out how to manage them in a healthy way instead of using drugs. If I can do it others can do.

          • Sam

            And so have I, haven’t used opiates in 3 years. You’re no better than anyone else bud, get real.

        • Daniel Grant

          The unreasonable- yet uncontrolled and/or- urge to make patently bad decisions makes perfect sense when you begin to understand how free will itself is an illusion. For a person to exhibit such maladaptive urges- urges which result from the brain- there must be a physiological fault; i.e. an illness.

          Seeing as the brains circuitry is not nearly understood enough to rewire the faults, what we are left with is the collection of rehab systems that happen to help with the symptoms. If you can demonstrate the effectiveness of criminalisation as a method of treatment or deterrent for actual addicts, then you might just have a point. I don’t have the figures so i might be wrong but intuition says otherwise.

          Sam Harris on free will: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCofmZlC72g

          • Ian

            Peter sutcliffe,is he an addict to killing so therefore deserves our sympathy,where do u draw the line? Is one gripped by addiction,struggling to fight his demons and urges and the other a simple junkie?

      • Ian

        Funny how we want instant justice dispatched to a convicted paedophile, This must be also a mental health issue , as no person of a sane disposition would carry out this act.Example..who has a dinner table conversation regarding said topic…Thought so.

  • The_greyhound

    Brand is only funny when he’s giving us the benefit of his deeply considered opinions.

  • Teacher

    Life is not easy for the 90%. I have what others would think of as a pleasant life, yet I am an anxious, hypersensitive person given to mild depression and some nights before I sleep I feel completely overwhelmed with fear at the sheer difficulty of carrying on. I have noticed this with people in debt too, that they think they are uniquely burdened with woes – and as for those on the left of the political spectrum, they imagine that anyone who prioritises paying their bills over splurging is ‘rich’. Life is hard for everyone.

  • Doctor Crackles

    Sorry, but who is Fossil Brand?

  • Precambrian

    Not all drug use is equal.

    Some use drugs to blot out unbearable pain; whether physical or psychological.

    Others use drugs because they are self-indulgent prats who put their pleasure before the impact their behaviour has on others (whether directly through their drug-induced recklessness, or indirectly through requiring others to clean up their mess).

    Looking at your appearance, Russell, I wonder which you are….

  • Wolfgang Amadeus

    I can’t wait for the day when people recognise this no-talent, try-hard blowhard for the fraud he is, and the fumes of his unfounded fame finally dissipate.

  • Mr Creosote

    He should stop listening to Morrissey – that’s enough to drive anyone to drugs..or the nearest gun shop.

  • MC73

    I know that you all probably think Brand is a tw@t and largely I do too, but on this he is right. Also, regardless of whether addiction is a disease or a weakness, it makes sense to treat it as he suggests, because that works. And that is what counts.

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    Have you ever heard this guy when he goes into psycho babble mode, it’s insane.

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