I'm sorry, but I get very confused by all of this technology stuff so please bear with me.
Okay, I know the work that the Grofs have done and also the stuff that Jung did before them. All of that makes sense and really doesn't need any discussing for me. I guess that my problem comes from trying to introduce something new and untried before into the community.
I will now think out loud for a moment here. Twenty five or seven years ago--a long time ago--I started a needle exchange here in Seattle. I was volunteering at the the exchange downtown and it dawned on me that my neighbourhood could use one of these too. (I was working with people in the final stages of their battle with AIDS and I was kind of sick of seeing the disease spread and I was definitely tired of listening to all of the excuses as to why an exchange wouldn't work or wasn't needed in my neighbourhood even though it really was). And so I got to know the users, became a part of the community (without using I will note), gathered information and date (which helped me get my MA in psychology) and established what is the only independently non-health departmant run needle exchange in Seattle.
In so doing, I got to know a lot of users whom I truly care for. For many of them, the central question they had was "how do we get out of this?" According to the system, there's going through treatment and/or getting on methadone and/or kicking cold turkey. Oh yes, and 12 step meetings from now until the cows retake the planet. Not a vast array of selections. Since then, accupuncture has been added to the mix as has a couple of new drugs the names of which I'm blanking on right now but which are very, very expensive and are thus out of reach for most people. But there's still not a whole bunch of options when you get right down to it.
But maybe that's how it really should be. After all, when we go shopping, do we really need 47 different types of toothpaste? Probally not. But that's the world we live in. So maybe having a couple of more options for people who are trying to get out of the mess that is addiction would help with the situation. Or maybe it wouldn't. I guess that they have to take the first step and we go from there. Wherever that may be.
So anyways, that's it for now. There may be more later on today....unless that isn't.