I love Wendell Berry who supplies critical social commentary:
People use drugs, legal and illegal, because their lives are intolerably painful or dull. They hate their work and find no rest in their leisure. They are estranged from their families and their neighbors. It should tell us something that in healthy societies drug use is celebrative, convivial, and occasional, whereas among us it is lonely, shameful, and addictive. We need drugs, apparently, because we have lost each other. ― Wendell Berry, from The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays of Wendell Berry
- We are all addicts
- (Psychotropic) drugs are drugs are drugs. Legal, illicit not so significant
- Addiction is not an Illness
- Ask, not why the addiction, but why the pain?
- Re-enter the woods that we might find our true nature — Wendell Berry
- Breaking Through A Toxic Environment
- Power of addiction and addiction to power
- Our culture and society have destroyed the conditions required for healthy childhood development
Also: Trauma and PTSD collected info, commentary and links This link includes many different perspectives including body and somatic oriented understandings.
See also the work of Dr. Bessel van der Kolk: Psychiatry ignores trauma says Dr. Bessel van der Kolk
For a multitude of ideas about how to create a life filled with safe alternatives to psychiatric drugs visit the drop-down menus at the top of this page.
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