Skip to comments.Drug addiction a disease, not a moral failing, White House says
Posted on 06/11/2012 12:36:15 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
Gil Kerlikowske, the director of the National Drug Control Policy, has announced a new focus on treating drug addiction as a disease, not a moral failing, and emphasizes removing the stigma placed on drug abusers.
Speaking at the Betty Ford Center in Palm Springs, Calif., on Monday, Kerlikowske declared this country hasnt looked at recovery in a way that makes sense, and that he intended to use the bully pulpit of the White House in a way that brings it out into the open.
Previous federal drug policies were a three-legged stool, Kerlikowske said, with criminalization, prevention and treatment serving as the foundation for national policies. Now, there will be a fourth leg recovery.
Forming the administrations new attitude toward drug problems meant moving beyond talking in the beltway
it meant talking to real people dealing with addiction, Kerlikowske said.
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Yeah and masturbation is a disease too...
Of course, to Democrats, moral failing are things like Christianity, preparedness, etc.
How about a disease caused by a moral failing?
Like a smoker with lung cancer or homosexual with AIDS.
In other words, nothing is anybody’s fault.
Let me guess. This will make it easier for crackheads to claim disability for life now, which of course will please them and make them want to vote for Obama.
Along with wife-beating...
Misconduct, treason, theft and lying do not concern him either.
Why not? We already know that liberalism is a mental disease. Liberalism and drug addiction normally go hand in hand.
There is a Drug Addict/Dealer living in Senior Housing next to an old lady whose son is a local cop. Whenever he goes to visit his mother the POS calls in a complaint about harassment.
Interesting timing, coming within a few days of NYC announcing that marijuana isn’t all that bad.
I was going to guess that it keeps many people from becoming convicted felons and losing their (Democrat) vote.
“Yeah and masturbation is a disease too...”
Dang. Really? Do they have shots for that or some kinda pill? It’s not fatal or serious or anything like that is it?
A friend of mine wants to know...
To the Left, the only crimes are being a racist or a homophobe.
You may need glasses.
Can’t be hatin’ on the “Choom Gang.” That’s racist. Bambam couldn’t help himself- it’s a disease he caught.
I can just see the trial lawyers racing to file lawsuits against doctors who prescribed addictive medication to patients.
Do you think masturbation is a a moral failing?
this is to make drug addiction an insurance claim.
This means more dependents for Obamacare.
Yep—Destruction of Responsibility and Ethics.
Replace religion (particularly the superior Christian Ethics) with moral relativism and psychiatry which makes everyone dependent and drugged.
HA HA. This is the Marxist camel which kills God-—to destroy Virtue. It destroys the concepts of Right and Wrong which destroys individualism and responsibility for actions. This destroys all relationships so that government has to care for everyone since the Natural Family connections will no longer exist or care. Nanny State is ruler and controller of all action and they can drug the populace into a drone, happy state where they won’t notice their own slavery.
What about all the good people who became addicted to oxycotin or are we talking about illegal drugs here such as pot or crack?
Obama can’t accept his moral failings. He is diseased.
Things like this usually have a purpose. What news might we be about to hear?
Now we get to coddle alcoholics and drug addicts, in addition to taking care of every whim of the folks who prefer not to work, as well as those who capitalize on a minor disability, turning it into the equivalent of winning the lottery.
Here I sit at work, grateful to God that I have work and the health to do it. Forget retirement; I guess I’ll be right here when the hearse scoops me up on the way to the cemetery.
How many people am I supporting now?
How long before the Republic Party has the guts to call this Marxism?
So you're opposed to the nanny-state War On Drugs?
Republic Party = Republican Party...sorry.
The White House is to morals what east is to west.
Pill for it? Try new "Cialis For One". For those times when you don't have two bathtubs.
I suggest the problem here is that we’re trying to force a complex phenomenon into one of two boxes: disease or moral failing.
Pretty obviously, to me anyway, addiction in its advanced stages becomes something resembling a disease. But most people have to work at getting the disease. And making the choice to work at it is a moral failing.
In the Lord of the Rings, the desire for the Ring was an addiction that could not be resisted once it had gained power over a person. But numerous people in the story made the choice to refuse to start the process that would lead to this addiction. Numerous others chose, as a moral failing, to walk down that road.
Moochelle is planning a vacation to Jamaica?
It may be a disease but it can be controlled by strength of character
So Obama is seriously diseased...
Is addiction a moral failing if it was come by in a "bad" way, but not if it was come by in a "good" way?
Some (not all) addiction is best characterized as a disease. The hold of the drugs is stronger than the will. Addiction can occur on a first use with some drugs, such as crack. The real problem is how to separate the true addicts from the wastrels.
If we assume it IS a disease, it is one that a person without moral failings can avoid falling pray to, and which a person without moral failings can keep in remission.
The rest is hogwash - especially when government types want me to pay for the “treatment,” or for the drugs, or for the stupid WOD that has been a total failure due to corruption and misuse.
It is a habit. Often a deeply engraved one. But I maintain calling it a disease is shifting the responsibility away from the person.
I can catch cold, I can't catch heroin.
Was Prohibition's failure "due to corruption and misuse" or to the inherent flaws of that enterprise?
Tomorrow = 19 yrs without a drop. Are there other diseases you can quit? How about cardiovascular disease? Let’s start a Just Say No to CVD campaign. That ought to save a lot of lives.
Congrats on your sobriety milestone. Awesome!
I’m in the AA program. 260 days sober. Some of these people who say:”It may be a disease but it can be controlled by strength of character” (Post 36) are obviously not alcoholics or addicts and they have never read the Big Book of AA. where it clearly lays out the case that alcoholism is a disease.
Anyway, keep it going!
Falsification of documents...
Involvement in gun-running...
Selling out Israel...
Sending your fat wife out to tell corporations and private citizens what they can/can’t buy or eat...
Stealing from the U. S. Taxpayer to reward your cronies...
Supporting terrorist states against Israel...
Apologizing for the U. S. to foreign leaders...
Bowing on behalf of Americans to foreign leaders...
Cutting important military and technical programs...
Mingling with the domestic enemies of the U. S...
Running this nation off the road into a ditch...
Spending us into oblivion...
Blaming everything you do that’s bad, on someone else...
Sending your underage child to a foreign nation with a bunch of her friends and having U. S. Citizens pay for it...
And on and on it goes...
a disease, not a moral failing, White House says.
And so if Obama is outed for his addictions, it’s just a disease—that we as him employers can’t discrimate against him for?
Wars are not wars. Terrorists are not terrorists. Patriots are no longer patriots, they are dangerous gun packing, bible clinging rightwing crazies.
Changes in weather is Global warming, or global cooling, or climate change.
The crime of treason is no longer against the law, unless you are a conservative.
Lying is no longer lying—it’s misspeak, taken out of context, a misquote and my favorite... something to be “walked back”.
Girls are no longer girls and boys are no longer boys.
Up is down, down is up...
The end is no longer near, it has arrived.
Ok, I see where this is going. This will be Hussein’s excuse. His drug use isn’t for fun and games but a disease.
Easy for the Hopium bong interceptors to say.