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Letter: Opiate addiction

EDITOR:

The government is getting ready to throw money at an old problem: opiate addiction.

Heroin is only the latest manifestation of humanity’s love-hate relationship with the sap of the poppy plant.

Aside from drinking alcohol a few times in college, when I was not yet 21 years old, I have no experience using illegal substances. Most of my ideas about of addiction were theoretical.

I started learning about alcoholism from a friend I met three years ago. One of the turning points for her was when the neighbor invited her to smoke marijuana with him. She eventually obtained her medical cannabis card, and is much more functional self-medicating with products derived from the cannabis plant than with vodka.

I met someone with a legally-hazardous self-medication regimen about a year ago, but I didn’t realize that at the time.

She chattered from topic to topic like a butterfly, so at that first meeting I gave her one of my “Grounding Coins.” These are carbon-steel discs that help improve people’s energetic connection to the earth. I have many repeat customers, so I am confident that many people benefit from these steel discs, which are manufactured in Prescott Valley. She shared right away that she went to a methadone clinic six days a week. This woman slowly invited me into her world, and I gradually realized that she really was “high as a kite,” using more than what the clinic provided.

Methadone is a synthetic opiate, which is used to wean people off both legal and illegal pain drugs. Opiate addicts tend to be much more functional on methadone than if they spend their days sourcing their next dose of heroin from the “Street Pharmacy.”

Opiate addicts tend to have trouble with schedules. When my friend didn’t make it to the clinic before it closed, she’d order heroin from the street pharmacist.

Her real problem was not opiate addiction, it was depression. She found relief from this inner demon with products derived from the coca plant. Fully-synthetic methamphetamine is cheaper, more readily available, and is much longer-lasting, but my friend did not like meth’s effects nearly as much as cocaine’s.

After six months of trying various interventions, I did a specific energy medicine routine that helps normalize the flow of energy in the body. It was almost like flipping a switch. In the days that followed, my friend realized that she was addicted to legally-hazardous substances, and that she hated everything about being addicted to Methadone.

Methadone has all of the addiction but none of the thrill of the other opiates. It also gives people sugar cravings, which my friend had satisfied with donuts and alcohol. Methadone and alcohol should not be quit cold turkey, or without medical supervision.

For the past 100-plus years, human societies have vainly attempted to eradicate various addictive substances. It is much more productive to consider the circumstances of individuals who get addicted than to demonize nature’s plants, or to punish people who are trying to self-medicate.

When an addict’s emotions come into balance, the physical withdrawal pains are trivial to get through.

James Knochel

Prescott