In a recent blog post appearing on Acadia Malibu's website, Forrest takes aim at the model of Harm Reduction, and he doesn't hold anything back. Here is an excerpt of his thoughts on the subject:
"I think there's one idea that ought to unite us all, regardless of your flavour of sobriety, or philosophy of recovery... so-called Harm Reduction. It's a con in my opinion. I have see the suffering and degradation it cases, the confusion it brings to the 12-step program community about who is sober and who is not, the irrational fear of detox, where the list of medications designed to help you avoid actually experiencing any withdraw symptoms grows longer and longer every year; and just generally, the lies and danger and horror it's causing".
That's not all though, Forrest goes as far as to implore others to share how much a 'horror and nightmare' of a treatment Suboxone is.
"It's a modern day Snake Oil scam writ large, messing up the lives of society's most defenceless folks - the sick, spun-out, desperate opiate addict."
"I implore that you who have survived the horror and nightmare of Suboxone start letting your experience be known. Speak your truth, loudly, to every addict within shouting distance."
"There is no hell worse than being stuck on 24 or 32 milligrams of Griggs stuff, with no hope of getting clean, enslave to the poison machine your Doctor put you on, a Doctor who took the Hippocratic Oath, pledging 'I will do no harm'. Motherf#&!ing lying sacks of shit".
Let's also not forget that during 'Celebrity Rehab', there were a total of 5 patients who died. Any of those deaths related to opiates, or complications of? You bet! In fact, 3 of those deaths were directly related to opiate abuse. I don't think it's unreasonable to suggest that a little Harm Reduction could have drastically changed those truly unfortunate outcomes. Don't buy Bob's bullshit - sobriety isn't the one way street it's made out to be in Forrest's blog post. Far from it actually. Many different and effective options are available to addicts. Options that allow them to step out of the darkness of addiction and return to a functional, full life. Don't let some hack off TV limit your options on the pathway to recovery.
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