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The Problem of Drugs: Legal and Illegal

Charles Konia, M.D.
Reprinted from the Journal of Orgonomy, Vol. 36 No. 2
The American College of Orgonomy

This issue of the Journal contains two articles on the destructive effects of illegal drug use. This topic is but a part of the wider issue, the public’s widespread and indiscriminate consumption of legal drugs, a practice that is condoned by the medical profession with active promotion by the pharmaceutical industry. The effect of this collaboration is an ever- increasing acceptance of the use of drugs. The goal of both participants is the same—to promote drug consumption—but their motives are quite different. For the pharmaceutical industry, the motive is financial profit, plain and simple. Their aggressive advertising campaigns, targeting the general public and promoting drug products, are self- serving and undermine the physician’s authority. For the medical profession, their thinking fits well with the mechanistic treatment paradigm: They view every medical condition as an aberration of the human machine. For the patient, the desire is to be relieved of physical symptoms and emotional suffering. Once again, mechanism and mysticism go hand in hand. The physician and the pharmaceutical industry approach disordered human functioning from a mechanical view point and the suffering patient hopes, mystically, that the prescribed medication will be the cure of his condition.

Regrettably, the general public has been grossly misinformed and misled by the medical profession and the pharmaceutical industry as to the efficacy of medications. First of all, the public has been forcefully led to believe that all emotional disorders are based on a “chemical imbalance” in the brain, which must be “corrected” by the appropriate drug. Second, patients are often given medication without a proper evaluation of their medical condition. This means that, in addition to the usual basis for arriving at a diagnosis—a complete history, physical examination and laboratory testing— a thorough characterological and biophysical examination is required to rule out the possibility of an emotional origin for the patient’s symptoms. Unfortunately, the traditionally trained physician as well as the psychiatrist who depends upon pharmaceutical medications as the mainstay of his treatment is not able to make this kind of assessment. As a result, the main form of treatment is medication. Not infrequently, analgesic (pain) and psychoactive medications are combined with the result that in many cases non-addicted patients iatrogenically become addicts. When this occurs, the patient’s medical and emotional condition becomes compounded and confounded by drug addiction.

Altering emotions and modifying pain as if they are nothing more than troubling symptoms to be eliminated only exacerbates the patient’s underlying contactlessness. Individuals so treated may feel less but pay the price of reduced contact with themselves and with others. In contrast to the traditional medication-oriented physician, the medical orgonomist evaluates every patient from an energetic perspective. There are a great many individuals who have retained a sufficient degree of emotional contact with themselves and are able to have some sense of the relationship between their symptoms and their emotions. Such individuals are good candidates for medical orgone therapy.

Thus the problems of drug use—legal and illegal—have a common root: People’s hope and expectation that their emotional pain and suffering will be relieved through external means. Because the medical establishment has yet to make the distinction between patients who are capable of benefiting from the elimination of the energy source of their symptom from those who require medication to block the perception of their distress, more and more people have been forced to accept the deadening effects of medication. The improper use of medication will continue so long as people fail to realize that in all humans a biological energy flows and that to the degree that the flow of this energy is hindered, disease with its attendant symptoms will occur. Medical orgone therapy has the potential to relieve much emotional suffering and physical symptoms, without medication. A primary goal of the American College of Orgonomy is to bring this treatment modality to the attention of the general public and the medical profession.

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