Posted by ed_uk on December 14, 2004, at 7:49:38
In reply to Re: Do you have a healthy attitude to drugs? » linkadge, posted by jerrympls on December 13, 2004, at 17:12:21
>I don't think you'd tell a diabetic not to rely on medication.
I'm not sure whether this comment was directed at me.... If it was you have misunderstood my post. If a person requires medication to maintain euthymia I would be very much in favour of them taking it. My post asked... 'Do you have a healthy attitude to drug use?' It seems that you do :-)
>We all strive to become depression-free so when we do experience a "normal" high in life the rebound from that doesn't result in total despair and darkness.
When I mentioned euphoria I was refering only to the fleeting euphoria produced by abusing a drug. I was not talking about the 'normal' highs of life or the stability which might be achieved via the use of appropriate medication.... Drug induced euphoria is often followed by unpleasant things.
>But to tell someone to stop searching for a medication that might make her or she feel "good" is the wrong approach in my mind.
I applaud anyone who attempts to search for better treatment. My post was intended to draw attention to the role of non-medical factors in a person's recovery and to warn of the risks of assuming that medication is the only route to health. For some people, although by no means all, non-medical factors may play a greater role in their recovery than medication. Some people need their medication to function, but this does not apply to everyone.