Mar. 9th, 2015

Mar. 9th, 2015 01:25 am
Give me all your money.
Don't say "applesauce," I mean like, something like glycerine capsules but somewhat moldable like when you're making a dumpling, you just wrap up the unpleasant-tasting substance in the tiny flavorless dumpling and swallow it?
Are we actually totally sure that Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome is a real disease which is separable from pre-existing chronic depression and anxiety?

Its symptom set is just depression and anxiety, and it's described as functioning in the same way for a bunch of different drugs with different methods of action - alcohol, opiates, meth, benzodiazepines. What if it's just that people already suffering from chronic depression and anxiety are the ones most likely to overuse mind-altering substances, and those problems simply become more obvious by contrast during recovery?

I mean, that PAWS offers a convenient narrative for a culture fond of victim-blaming for psychiatric problems doesn't necessarily mean it's not a real phenomenon. But I do feel the need to be skeptical of convenient narratives.

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