A World Without Drug Abuse


Author and drug education and treatment professional challenges society to change

(I-Newswire) February 3, 2005 - Imagine a world without drug abuse. Can you? That's what author Lucas Aaron Catton is picturing in his new book "Losing the Beer Goggles: And Seeing the Truth for the First Time".

Catton's debut book is released after three years of writing editorials on drugs and addiction that have been printed in hundreds of newspapers across the country. The book is more like a critical essay on the state of drug abuse and addiction treatment in today's society that offers workable solutions to make a better life for everyone. He cites that each citizen is affected by drug use, if not directly or through a family member then in the taxes they pay to house non-violent drug offenders through the Department of Corrections.

The Director of the National Institute of Drug Abuse estimates the total cost of drug use on society, in terms of money, is in the neighborhood of $500 billion per year. All money aside, our nation is losing thousands of lives each year due to drug overdoses, alcohol-related traffic fatalities and murders committed by criminals under the influence of drugs.

The author contends that given the history of drugs in our culture, targets need to be set on the legal drug industry that, in his words, spearheads the way to offering new drugs to become addicted to and ruin lives. On the treatment side, he says major reform needs to take place, and instead of psychiatrists passing out antidepressants and talking about feelings our nation needs to focus on programs that actually get results. Rehabilitation is supposed to produce drug-free individuals that contribute to society instead of being a burden on it.

Catton's book shows a correlation of the changes he underwent in his own life and a shift he feels needs to occur in America. The result of eliminating drug abuse, he claims, would be the near eradication of countless other social problems that we face today, from poor education to the high cost of healthcare and yes, even terrorism.

"It's not just about changing behaviors or shifting our spending habits," Catton suggests, "it's about changing agreement." Creating change on such a large scale isn't exactly easy, but he insists that it can be done. "How can anyone expect the problem to go away if they don't think it's possible?" he asks. "We prove every day that it can be done on an individual level. There's no reason why it can't be done in a community, a nation or a planet."

He says that's what it took for him, changing the way he looked at drugs. He couldn't do it by himself though. He credits his own awakening to Narconon Arrowhead, a drug rehabilitation and education program that he completed five and a half years ago. Today he's a Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor working to help others with the same organization that helped him save his life.


"Losing the Beer Goggles: And Seeing the Truth for the First Time" by Lucas Aaron Catton is available online at www.addiction-treatment-books.com and copies for qualified reviewers can be obtained from Publish America.

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