The social and economic impact of addiction” said: “I was a heroin addict myself and from ’69 onwards, after I overcame addiction, I spent most of my life dedicated to the study and treatment of addiction. I base my theory on some beliefs. First you should invest in therapeutic communities, as the costs to society are considerably lower, it is not at all true that they have an excessive expenditure. Additionally, addiction has to do with the lack of happiness and social opportunities. Only in community locations does it put the well being of the individual at the center of the therapeutic program, so that the personal aspect is taken sufficiently into account. People with these kinds of problems you must teach to live differently. It emerged from several studies that most guests being treated remain within the recovery centers, easily returning to society in a positive and productive way once outside the communities “. Above the dependency problem, as noted by Yates, it is necessary to reflect. “To act in a concrete manner in an effort to stem the phenomenon of drug dependence it is necessary to understand how the people feel, to understand the problems that bring them to the point of auto-destruction and then intervene in the context from which they come, such as the family”. We cannot intervene on self-esteem and more generally to address individual issues in depth, continued Yates, “accepting as the only form of care, not just pharmacology, which involves the use of substitute substances. There needs to be a path that involves an initial dismissal from suffering and daily targeted intervention on those mechanisms of relating to others that should be improved. Studies done in the 70’s and 80’s to date shows the positive results of these actions are evident. There is an improvement in physical health and positive behaviors, an increase of imagination and creativity and attention to others, which was non-existent before. Because helping others makes you feel better”. The presentation of the Scottish Professor of sociology, ended with a remark on the families of those who have completed a course in therapeutic communities: “From the research we did with EWODOR, it clearly shows that the therapeutic programs in communities, not only produce more active and feeling better, but, compared to the average citizen, their children also enjoy a higher quality of life”.
Rowdy Yates at the Wefree Days