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Go deeper on addiction

Why is it customary to treat drug addiction with more drugs? The Spokane County Behavioral Health Advisory Board and therapists who treat opioid addicts would be wise to dig deeper into their patients’ psyches for a solution.

These forgotten people suffer from psychological wounds more profound than their cravings for temporary euphoria, I suspect. Purposelessness, loneliness, fear, helplessness, meaninglessness. There is little room for the divine in our mechanical, materialist society, let alone in the pews and pulpits. People are starved for experiences beyond the grind of daily life, for opportunities to transcend the Self, for communion with an Other.

Where are the teachers? They’re nowhere to be found. And the people are lost, drinking and drugging themselves to death.

Connor Dinnison

Spokane


 

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