Tough Love

Addiction Beat: Learning From the Red Cross

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 31.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

For too long, people have been told that harm reduction - offering help of any kind - is in fact bad for the problem substance user. This one preachy bit of tripe is something our society can do without. Then, finally, more and more honest and practical decisions will be made.

Expecting People to be 'Freer' Than They Want to be - An Ironically Totalitarian Approach to Addiction

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 31.05.2012 | UK Politics
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

Resistance to harm reduction initiatives, and to legalisation or decriminalisation of drug use, stems from many impulses. Here I will discuss just one: an expectation placed upon the addicted.

Which Intervention is Best for Addicts - Brief, Long-term, or None?

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 03.05.2012 | UK Politics
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

A woman who had struggled with substance addiction, and who also had read my book, was now involved with helping others in her field (health care) get the counseling they need.

What will Defeat the War on Drugs? Love, Affection, and Familiarity

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 25.04.2012 | UK Politics
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

All over the world, the war on drugs hurts, incarcerates and kills people. It is an abomination.

Addiction Beat: Will Nixing the Tough Love Culture Foster a New Wussie Generation? Please...

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 27.02.2012 | UK Politics
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

If you're concerned about the toughness of future generations, I could find you a 20 year old to fight with. After he knocks you out, you might feel more secure knowing that the future is safe.

Another Look at the Robert Pickton Case: Enabling and Tough Love Revisited

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 09.01.2012 | UK Politics
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

A Canadian inquiry into the Robert Pickton case, involving the capture and murder of drug addicted sex trade workers in the lower east side of Vancouv...

Puzzled by the Governing Approach to Addiction? It's All About "Hitting Bottom"

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 05.01.2012 | UK Politics
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

When we finally get past this whole thing - war on drugs, hitting bottom, abstinence only - future generations will perceive it all much as we, today, perceive monstrosities like the persecution of witches and the Inquisition.

Don't Incarcerate Opponents of Drug Legalization and Harm Reduction - they need compassion and therapy

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 24.12.2011 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

I urge every good citizen to take an enlightened, progressive view, and to support the caring professions in their heroic efforts to help all right-wing nutjobs to recover from their illness and become acceptable members of society.

War On Drugs Is Genocide - a Warped Recovery Culture is Just the Tip of the Iceberg

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 17.12.2011 | UK Politics
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

In August of this year, Deborah Waddington reviewed my recently published book. While very supportive overall, Deborah took issue, as many do, with my use of the term "genocide" in targeting the governing approach to addictions.

Tough Love is a Joke - Let's Start Enabling Drug Addicts Everywhere

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 09.12.2011 | UK Politics
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

You've probably heard that alcoholics and drug addicts should not be "enabled". By now, most people have heard it so often that it isn't questioned. The issue is simply addressed like so: whether a certain form of assistance qualifies as enabling, and hence as misguided and harmful.

Ending Drug Prohibition and Emancipating the Addict - the Last Frontier in a Struggle for Enlightenment

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 06.12.2011 | UK Politics
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

The UK is rife with talk of drug legalisation. First, because most illicit drug use is either benign or at least innocuous. Second, because even when addiction is involved, punishment is not the right answer. Third, because the prohibition of drugs has really been a mess - both costly and futile.

Is Methadone Really Such a Killer?

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 29.11.2011 | UK Politics
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

Many Britons are understandably concerned about recent deaths related to methadone. The rhetoric has become so intense that even allowing someone to take home a prescription rather than use it under supervision has been deemed a "loophole".

Dealing with Addiction: Tough Love Means no Love

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 25.11.2011 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

Whether you're a parent, partner or friend, you might be told that a drug or alcohol addicted person you care for needs tough love. Don't believe it. Since time immemorial, love has been understood as the gentlest of emotions.