Andrew Weill’s “I want not to want” phenomenon tries to divulge and maintain that all human beings have a high propensity of being susceptible to doing the very thing that their conscience would not allow. It posits that human beings are generally weak, or that their compunction is weaker than their conscience. Of surety, this is a concept that is global in that it pervades each culture, race and civilization. Even in the most punctilious of cultures, practices that are shunned as deviant still exist in the face of very strict penalties.
This concept of the human propensity to do wrong is bolstered by the fact that each society or the state in order to exist must have instruments of coercion ( the police force and the penal code). This happens inspite the fact that all societies in the world have an elaborate and complex system of rights and wrongs, meaning that the human being is beyond the capacity to contain self. This is made more clear by the fact that alongside these stringent measures against dissidents, crime still exists. Perhaps this is one of thew strongest reasons why eradicating cases of crime and drug abuse is so difficult (Ksir, Hart and Ray, 2005 pp.
145). FOLDER 2 Taking the test was like undergoing a litmus test in the sense that it really helped demarcate what substance and drug reliance portends and what it does not. In the same vein, the questions are precise and straight to the point. To a large extent, undergoing the test normally feels like facing the moment of reckoning for an individual. This is mostly accompanied by tension and feelings of apprehension. There were no questions too difficult to answer. This is because the self assessment questions are always base on ones own experience and knowledge about self.
There is no one who who knows a person better than the person himself or herself. However, if the self assessment questions are to be submitted to a known party that has had an acquaintance with the respondent or the interviewee, then Question 7 may prove difficult to answer, not because it is too difficult to answer, or because it is not precise, but because it conveys the very confidential part of the human life, and this being the cohesiveness of the family (however, this only applies in the case that there is prior knowledge that the information being provided would be leaked).
The question may also prove to be difficult to answer since an individual may not be in a position to know when they were actually serious about dealing with the drug problem. This is because drug abuse always has a debilitating effect on one’s will power. To this effect, an individual may not be able to really tell the depth of the seriousness in his possession at the time of this decision making. It becomes hard to divorce wishful thinking and a total resolution. The self assessment test was at its best, precise and clear.
It seemed to have been the brainchild of psychologists, psychiatrists and social workers since it is multifaceted, touching on the psycho- social aspects of repercussions that come with substance abuse. For instance, it tinkers with failures to fulfill social obligations and in relation to one’s mental predisposition, accruing from drug abuse. The broader the questioneer, the easier the respondent will be able to ascertain the magnitude of this problem. However, it is also true that the self assessment will have been more helpful if had the measure to carry to a follow up on.
For instance, there should have been contact addresses of professional help that people with drugs and substance abuse problems have. In other words, the recognition of a problem though being the first step towards finding a solution, is not an end in itself. The acknowledgment of a problem needs to be tampered with corrective measures for actual change to be ushered in. Getting of control as far as drugs and substance abuse is concerned, means that a person has, out of repeated or successive spates of drug abuse, forfeited the capacity to completely stop or limit the degree of reliance on a certain substance or drug.
The signs that someone has gotten out of control are far fetched, having been bifurcated into clinical and non clinical signs. They have been dwelt on forthwith (The Marshall Cavendish CO. , Kuhar and Liddle, 2005 pp. 276). One of the clinical signs of drug reliance having gotten out of control includes, increased intake, in terms of quantities. This occurs when the human system with the capacity to adapt, readjusts itself so that there is a case of abated effects on the dependent when the drug is taken in the same amount.
To this end, the dependent has to add the quantity of drug use so as to feel its desired effect. At this juncture, there has already occurred botched attempts by the dependent of the substance to stop the use, of the drug. However, this proves to be very difficult since the body has already reached an a neuro chemical equilibrium to integrate the substance as part of its components. At this point, the victim ( or the dependent ) readily displays withdrawal symptoms. The withdrawal symptoms take two forms.
The first form takes place when the dependent has to withdraw from others in order to take the drug or the substance, and the second takes place when the dependent has already forfeited his or her sociability, leading to a tormenting sense of loneliness. To alleviate this feeling of rejection, the dependent has to continue to use the drug. This goes on like an endless cycle, and continues to feed this insidious cycle deeper and deeper (Leccese, 1991 pp. 213). Other symptoms of lost control as far as the clinical signs are concerned include the plummeting of the professional (or occupational) social, recreational activities.
This sad state of affairs is facilitated by the fact that the case of drug reliance leads to one dispensing both time and financial resources, being alone with the drugs. In addition to this, intense cases of drug addiction may weaken the state of the mind, and thereby rendering the dependent incompetent. The general weakness and poor health that stems from drug and substance reliance may also lead to the neglecting of the social, recreational and occupational parts of life. The general weakness and poor health is also a clinical sign that results from acts of repeated drug abuse interfering with the feeding habits of the dependent.