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What it Means and Why it May Just Save the World

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Compassion – What It Is and Why It Just May Save the World

Making positive change and creating a “dogs-care-about-other-dogs” way of life requires people everywhere to adopt a more compassionate attitude. In order to accomplish this, we first must truly understand this principle. In many ways, the world has become cold, cruel, and uncaring. As a result, many of us truly don’t know what it truly means to exercise compassion.

If you struggle with relating to this concept, here are a few definitions that might help clear things up:

  • Compassion is concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others.
  • It is a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering.
  • It is synonymous with “mercy.”
  • It means showing kindness, caring, and a willingness to help others.
  • Compassion is the ability to understand the emotional state of another person or oneself.

The Dalai Lama has said, “Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.”

The world is wrought with war, conflict, and continued threats of violence that promise the bloodshed of entire countries. Surely a greater global demonstration of compassion could bring about peace and harmony. When extended from one person to another, a compassionate deed is the thread that holds the very fabric of humankind together. If none of us had any regard whatsoever for other people, the entire world would unravel.

Indeed, compassion is a necessity. Without it, we will ultimately blow ourselves to smithereens.

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The Justice Department Claims that Drugmaker Indivior Lied About Popular Opioid Treatment

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The Charges Against Indivior

On April 9, 2019, a grand jury in Virginia accused Indivior of conducting an illicit scheme to drive Suboxone sales. Prosecutors have charged Indivior with both fraud and conspiracy. They claim that the drug is prone to abuse and that Indivior not only did nothing to stop the abuse but actually misled the medical community in order to drive sales.

The Department of Justice (DoJ) is currently demanding Indivior to pay up at least $3 billion in fines. This is shocking, as the company only has a market value of £202 million. This paints a bleak picture of the company’s future.

According to the indictment, Indivior made numerous claims of the efficacy of Suboxone without any scientific evidence to support those claims. The DoJ has also claimed that Indivior deceived and intentionally misled health care providers into believing that Suboxone Film was a safer and less divertible option. Indivior also made it seem as if Suboxone Film was less abusable. All of these claims are false according to the prosecutors.

They further claim that the company used a “Here to Help Program” to further drive up their sales. This scheme encouraged physicians to prescribe Suboxone Film. They used this program to connect patients with doctors who prescribed their product. They also encouraged physicians to prescribe a higher dose than allowed and in “suspicious circumstances”.

“Indivior promoted [Suboxone] with a disregard for the truth about its safety and despite known risks of diversion and abuse.”

~ Assistant Attorney General Jody Hunt

Prosecutors claim that Indivior’s malicious actions have led it to become a huge contributor to the nation’s opioid epidemic.

Brian Mann, a reporter with North Country Public Radio, has been following the opioid crisis and this case. Here’s a recording of an interview that he recently had about the situation:

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Is 12-Step Abstinence the ONLY Way to Recover from Addiction?

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Does Controlled Drinking or Drug Use Work?

“…patients whose goal was total abstinence were more successful than those who had chosen to control their drinking.”

~ Dr. Kristina Berglund, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Gothenburg

According to the disease concept of addiction, trying to bargain with or set limits on your drinking or drug use is one of the major signs of a severe problem.

Why is this?

The average drinker or recreational drug user doesn’t start a program like MM, AA, or NA without cause.  Rather, they attend meetings because they KNOW they have a problem. Most likely, that problem has somehow negatively impacted their life in some fashion—DUI charges, relationship issues, blackouts, health concerns, etc.

But despite such problems directly attributable to their substance use, a person in a MM program is looking for a way to keep drinking.

In a 2006 interview for Dateline, Kishline admitted as much.

Dateline: “As you look back on it, was MM something you devised to give yourself license to drink because you didn’t want to abstain?”

Kishline: “I do think that deep down as an addict that was the purpose.”

Dateline:  “All the good research that you did and the presentation of it to a national audience, it was really to justify it for you as a drinker.”

Kishline:  “It would legitimize my drinking.”

In 2000, while extremely drunk with a BAC that triple the legal limit, Kishline drove the wrong way down a Washington State interstate. She later confessed to “driving a hundred miles an hour in a total blackout”.

She had a head-on collision with another vehicle and killed a 38-year-old father and his 12-year-old daughter. For her crime, Kishline went to prison. When she was paroled 3 ½ years later, she relapsed several times. At one point, was even sent back for violating her parole by drinking.

For many years, Kishline continued to struggle, not only with her alcoholism but also with overwhelming guilt. Her drinking worsened and her disease progressed, resulting from the end of her marriage.  In 2015, just a few days before Christmas, Audrey Kishline Conn committed suicide in her mother’s home in Happy Valley, Oregon.

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Is 12-Step Abstinence the ONLY Way to Recover from Addiction?

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Does Controlled Drinking or Drug Use Work?

“…patients whose goal was total abstinence were more successful than those who had chosen to control their drinking.”

~ Dr. Kristina Berglund, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Gothenburg

According to the disease concept of addiction, trying to bargain with or set limits on your drinking or drug use is one of the major signs of a severe problem.

Why is this?

The average drinker or recreational drug user doesn’t start a program like MM, AA, or NA without cause.  Rather, they attend meetings because they KNOW they have a problem. Most likely, that problem has somehow negatively impacted their life in some fashion—DUI charges, relationship issues, blackouts, health concerns, etc.

But despite such problems directly attributable to their substance use, a person in a MM program is looking for a way to keep drinking.

In a 2006 interview for Dateline, Kishline admitted as much.

Dateline: “As you look back on it, was MM something you devised to give yourself license to drink because you didn’t want to abstain?”

Kishline: “I do think that deep down as an addict that was the purpose.”

Dateline:  “All the good research that you did and the presentation of it to a national audience, it was really to justify it for you as a drinker.”

Kishline:  “It would legitimize my drinking.”

In 2000, while extremely drunk with a BAC that triple the legal limit, Kishline drove the wrong way down a Washington State interstate. She later confessed to “driving a hundred miles an hour in a total blackout”.

She had a head-on collision with another vehicle and killed a 38-year-old father and his 12-year-old daughter. For her crime, Kishline went to prison. When she was paroled 3 ½ years later, she relapsed several times. At one point, was even sent back for violating her parole by drinking.

For many years, Kishline continued to struggle, not only with her alcoholism but also with overwhelming guilt. Her drinking worsened and her disease progressed, resulting from the end of her marriage.  In 2015, just a few days before Christmas, Audrey Kishline Conn committed suicide in her mother’s home in Happy Valley, Oregon.

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