To The Daily Sun,
Many authors, politicians, and other advocates for the goals of our recovery community are also in recovery themselves. During the initial phase — the first few years in sobriety — many become hyper vigilant and may make over-statements. The trend in the recovery community in terms of pharmaceutical (or Big Pharma) companies is that they in general are “evil”. Yes, some authors use the term evil to describe big Pharma.
Pharmaceutical companies, during the ’50s began to revolutionize the treatment of the mentally ill with the introduction of phenothiazines, that enabled psychiatrically impaired patients to live more independently in the community. Prior to that, institutions were often a mental patient’s permanent home. During the ’70s, barbiturates, which is a category of very strong depressive drugs such as secobarbital or pentobarbital, were phased out by a more effective family of meds called benzodiazepines (Ativan/diazepam). All of these drugs can be abused, but when taken carefully the way they are intended to be used, they are very therapeutic. The most popular family of antidepressants these days are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). SN (norepinephrine) RIs are also widely used, one reason being is that they are believed to be less potentially misused.
If it weren’t for blood-thinners, diabetes meds, and blood pressure meds, the mortality rate in our nation would not be what it is today. Morphine derivatives have and always should have their place in the doctor’s satchel of medical tools. We just have to learn from this horrible over-prescription debacle that took America by surprise and not throw out the baby with the bathwater.
MS-A&D Recovery Counseling