Faceman, you are not without intelligence. In fact you have an abundance of it. If any of my post imply that I apologize.
The two of us will disagree on many things. Not because either of us is wrong we view things from different angles.
The main thing about treating addiction is that the addict must desire change in his life. Complete change. They must make a clean break from most of the people they know, the way they think, and their enviroment.
One alcoholic put it very well " you must change the faces and the places around you".
I'm not trying to change how you think about this. Just explaining how I do.
I think that is what I like about our conversations and others on this forum. We have our opinions, yet we try and understand the opinions of others. Mostly.
About the zoloft statement, yes It was meant in jest. I do feel a lot of people could benefit from such medication at some point in their lives.
These type of drugs do not in themselves cure the problem. They are very important tools in helping people with emotional issues. If used in conjunction with other forms of treatment.
There are drugs that will not allow an addict to get high if they abuse other drugs. They are used in the treatment of herion addiction with great success.
Most addicts do not have access to insurance to get treatment or the medication. Shalom