Dr. Peter Ferentzy
Author of Dealing with Addiction - Why The 20th Century Was Wrong
Peter Ferentzy, Ph.D. and author of Dealing with Addiction – Why The 20th Century Was Wrong, is an addiction expert and a crackhead out to take on the system.
Still, wisdom is evolving. In the news: "Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and Former Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso called for an end to the war on drugs."
17/02/2014 16:57 GMT
Just as most murderers are not absolved by reason of insanity, most people who misbehave in public when tipsy (e.g., urinating for the crowd) are not necessarily diseased - some people are just rude and crude, without any medical qualification.
04/12/2013 12:05 GMT
A few days back, I published a piece right here titled: What's in a Word, and Who is the Addict? I really only dealt with the first part of the question: semantic pros and cons pertaining to word usage. This time, I wish the address the second question - a far more difficult question than the first.
06/07/2013 14:58 BST
So I use the term 'addict' to describe a certain type of person. Many object to this designation. For one, there is stigma attached to it. Practically everyone you know has been carried away at some point by some poison - exercise, love, sex, gambling, tobacco, coffee, food, booze, dope, work - some object that everyone is (or has been) an addict. Hence, according to some, the label is meaningless.
02/07/2013 12:21 BST
Many who oppose the legalization of harder drugs (e.g., heroin, cocaine) paint some pretty farfetched images. Take a ten year old walking over to a candy dispenser, and then walking away with some crack. Or, less farfetched: people buying what they please over the counter at convenience stores.
28/06/2013 15:42 BST
All over the media, we hear talk of <em>drug related violence.</em> On the streets of Western democracies, in the jungles of Latin America, and elsewhere, people do seem to fight over drugs and the money they can generate.
27/06/2013 11:06 BST
'Marijuana Recovery' - The Next Major Support Group for Recovering Alcoholics, Cocaine and Heroin Addicts?
I have long been bothered by an inexcusable absence among the many recovery options available to people struggling with addictions: marijuana is not considered a viable substitute.
28/01/2013 23:37 GMT
For a while, Oxycodone offered an option for opiate users - essentially, it was akin to medically prescribed heroin. Someone could get an oxy script and, rather than use it "properly", crush up a pill and do a smash.
10/12/2012 14:39 GMT
Illegal drugs are easier for young people to get than legal ones. True today, this was also true when I was a teen. Even at the age of 13, any illegal drug you wanted was just one 14 year old away. Alcohol purchases, on the other hand, required some work.
07/12/2012 12:17 GMT
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.
31/10/2012 17:28 GMT
10/10/2012 11:46 BST
Many seem to like my recently published book on addiction. Here's what I often get: "Dr. Ferentzy offers an interesting and challenging perspective ..." In such cases I will thank someone for their kind words, but then quickly counter:<em> everything I wrote in that book is true; perspective is irrelevant. </em>
03/05/2012 12:52 BST
Legalise the drugs, and even the abstainers will have a chance at a much healthier, less resentful, and happier time in their recovery.
17/04/2012 14:35 BST
Expecting People to be 'Freer' Than They Want to be - An Ironically Totalitarian Approach to Addiction
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.
01/04/2012 18:36 BST
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.
05/03/2012 13:53 GMT
All over the world, the war on drugs hurts, incarcerates and kills people. It is an abomination.
24/02/2012 18:03 GMT
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.
28/12/2011 23:01 GMT
It's always easier to see through the foibles of past generations, and much harder to view one's own reality with the same critical acumen. So I ask the reader to make an effort: try to view today's codependency culture with the eyes of future generations.
21/12/2011 15:06 GMT
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