Did you know that the rehab industry in this country rakes in approximately $35 billion a year? Being that this is an astonishing figure, one would think the success rate of rehabilitation centers would be higher than 5 – 10%, but it isn’t. Yet, the money keeps flowing in.
SAMHSA estimates there are 20 million Americans in need of treatment from a substance abuse disorder. You already know the facts, a staggering 72,000 people died from an overdose of drugs last year (2017). It is clearly a huge (and growing) problem in our country, our towns and street corners. This isn’t some problem we can continue to ignore. Substance abuse is busting its way through your front door, capsizing you or your family members…whether you like it or not.
With this tragedy happening in real time, our government keeps us quiet. A weakened citizen who trudges along, obediently, doing what they are told is exactly what the government wants so that this epidemic is not magnified. Frankly, I’m tired of keeping quiet. But how can we tell the world about Kratom, the answer to a lot of these problems, without breaking the “rules”? Let’s figure it out together.
The Power In Your Uniqueness
In 2016, the FDA announced a need to execute a Kratom ban, just like the threats in 2018. It looked like they might succeed, as well. But one thing the FDA didn’t count on was that even though their statistics look well enough on paper, they miscalculated the power of the individual. When the DEA opened up a comment period on the proposed Kratom ban, you came and gave your personal story about how Kratom saved your life.
In fact, out of 23,236 comments, 99% of the people who took time to tell their story, clearly opposed the idea of a Kratom ban. Every one of us has a different story about how Kratom has helped us in one way or another. These stories, ethnicities, backgrounds, families affected, etc, are unique to you and your situation. These are almost as exclusive as your thumbprint, and the DEA recognized that fact.
Idea #1 – Stick Together
If the past has taught us anything, it’s how work gets done when we come together with one goal. There are over 5 million Kratom users in this country who would definitely become affected if Kratom were taken away. Don’t forget about your brothers and sisters, which means you have a responsibility to them as well.
Break the Monotony of “Rehab”
Eight decades ago, Alcoholics Anonymous was formed, and became a “cultural phenomenon” in our country. Factions like AA has created a systematic fail safe system in which we believe that everyone who enters a program should leave “cured”.
Rehab isn’t a fix-all cure for everyone. Not that it doesn’t work, it does have a 5 – 10% success rate, so it does work for some people. However, educational practices must be given to people in our towns and cities to help them better understand that “rehab” isn’t the only option for people struggling with addictive behaviors.
Roger “fell off the wagon” last week and immediately felt ashamed. His 6 month button would have to be turned in. He is back at step one again.
Structural ideas like this one doesn’t work for everyone. Instead of having the public believe that rehab centers, like AA, are the only way to get better, we must further educate our general population to the idea that, since everyone is different, then there should be different options and approaches made available to them.
What if Roger falls off the wagon next week? Perhaps Roger isn’t a candidate for the “Abstinence Only” program that these rehab centers practice? It’s possible Roger could benefit from another regimen, such as… botanicals.
Idea #2 – Be the Teacher
You have to be the professor of your hometown now. With the recent media attacks in which the FDA has proclaimed false information about Kratom, we have to go door to door canvassing people who would believe these lies.
You told your story to the DEA in a comment section, now it’s time to share your story with someone in need. It’s no mistake that you’re given this opportunity. You suffered in the way that you did so that now your story can be shared and possibly help somebody who is going through something similar. Share the knowledge about Kratom and why rehab centers aren’t the right option for everyone and other means of recovery should be discovered.
In this Huffington Post article, Nick Wing revealed Danielle, an Army veteran, who said, “Why would they want me taking 10 pills a day when I have something already that makes me feel better than those pills and my eyes are a lot healthier?” Remember, you are not the only one that has benefitted from the health and wellness options Kratom has given. We are together fighting a giant who must be defeated. The only way we will win is to stay educated and informed and tell everyone about the wonders of Kratom that you have discovered.
P.S. The author of The Art of War, Sun Tzu said, “Know your enemy”. This is a powerful but simple saying I wanted to share with you.
Currently, the FDA understands they will not be able to succeed with a Kratom ban on the federal level. A few short months ago, the FDA bypassed the federal lawmakers and went straight to the individual states, even bypassing the state lawmakers and going to that state’s Board of Pharmacy to enact a Kratom ban. To further prove the FDA is being controlled by Big Pharma, read the quote below:
The forthcoming article in JLME also presents systematic, quantitative evidence that since the industry started making large contributions to the FDA for reviewing its drugs, as it makes large contributions to Congressmen who have promoted this substitution for publicly funded regulations, the FDA has sped up the review process with the result that drugs approved are significantly more likely to cause serious harm, hospitalizations, and deaths. ~ Donald W. Light
This is a very serious accusation, and you can read more about it here, but Light is saying Big Pharma was paying the FDA to extract the legislation in their favor. Basically, these “contributions” make the FDA approve new drugs faster for them. But we knew that already didn’t we? Keep up the fight.