WORK IN PROGRESS (1992-2014 OBSERVATION OF SUB-CULTURAL SUBSTANCE COLLECTIVE. BY PAUL GOREE)
From the year 1992, I have been observing many factors of drugs usage. At the time I was working towards a Q.C.D.C, in Washington state: yet felt that the training and rehabilitation at the time was insufficient. Some of the leading theories of the era included, Psychotherapeutic and Coping Skills-Training Techniques (Washton M. Arnold, 1989) Motivational Counseling Techniques (Miller and Rollnick,1991), Relapse Prevention (RP) Strategies (Marlatt and Gordon,1985), and Psychodynamic Techniques (Brehm and Khantzian, 1992). Although these techniques were and still have significant function in modern drug counseling. They may fail to provide efficient abstinence.
In Anne M. Flectcher’s work titled, “Inside Rehab”. Mrs. Flectcher concludes that many treatment programs fail because they lack a modern Evidence Based Care. “There are exceptions, but of the many thousands of treatment programs out there, most use exactly the same kind of treatment you would have received in 1950, not modern scientific approaches…”. Ms. Flectcher stated that she advocates “science based practices that should form the basis of addiction treatment.” These treatment practices seek to remove myths about treatment and the user. For example, Ms. Flecther stated, “…One such myth is the belief that most addicts need to go to a rehab center. The truth is that most people recover (1) completely on their own, (2) by attending self-help groups, and/or (3) by seeing a counselor or therapist individually,”( Brody, E. Jane, 2013)
Another factor contributing to insufficient substance treatment, are the characteristics of the counselor and the education requirements. In 1992, to obtain a Q.C.D.C. in the state of Washington, all a person needed was an A.A. and one year of experience as a Social and Health Program Clerk/Assistant. For selected positions in an alcohol and substance abuse program, status as a Qualified Chemical Dependency Counselor (QCDC) or equivalent is required. The equivalency will be determined in accordance with WAC 275-19-145(1). However today, the following requirements are necessary.
- Have a Bachelor’s degree in social work, a health or social science, public administration or a related field; and three years of professional experience in planning, administering, developing, or delivering social, financial, health, or chemical dependency treatment services programs.
- Pass the Washington State Certified Adviser Examination in risk assessment, ethics and appropriate screening using the global assessment of functioning scale, client referral and Washington State law
- Have a written supervisory agreement
- Additional qualifying experience will substitute, year for year, for the required education, except for a QCDC requirement. (Washington State Board of Health, Chapter 18.19 RCW)
In 1994 while attending the University of New Mexico, I came across the term “sub-cultural substance based collectives”. This term is meant to detail the social consequences of drug usage that were not socially penal in nature-but socially assemblage. Such collectives (especially with the distortion of sensory reception) easily manipulate social symbolic processes, which incite cohesion. The term Self-fulfilling prophecy, suggest how we as a society affect how others view themselves. Yet when Sub-cultural substance based collectives, utilize social processes of expectations:they collective make truth of actions the possibilities of probability of the unconscious and conscious actions. (Walden, Chris, 2011)
Sub-cultural substance based collectives, create a collective identity. In Dr. Clairissa D. Breen’s work, titled “The Case for Collective Hate: Simulating the Formation of Hate Groups”, Breen stateds that, “One key factor in human group formation is an overt or developed collective identity that draws the individuals together and maintains the group‟s cohesiveness (Jasper and Poulsen, 1995: Polletta and Jasper, 2001: Jacobs and Potter, 1998; Hamm, 2004: McVeigh, 2006: Berbrier, 1998) …Part of the formation of such groups is the call for membership based on this identity or identifying characteristics (Useem, 1972: Jasper and Poulsen, 1995: Langman, 2005: Jasper and Polletta, 2001: Berbrier, 1998).
As a converse method of sub-cultural substance based collectives agenda, to either ridicule users or to internal reward within a functioning usage mechanism. I have observed dramalogical expressive like performances. For example last week while coming down, I observed a unknown to me young man-who sat next to me in the courtyard of a DRC/NG and began to dramatically present the pain and butchery nature of a junkie meth user. His performance was isolated and directed towards me as I sat quietly recalling similar performances from Angel Thurman in Phoenix, Arizona. I recorded one of Angels actions and posted it on Youtube “Sneaking Out Da Window-paul goree”. https://youtu.be/-O–G-fAnAA
I have observed from 1999-2015 similar actions in the state of Nevada (Las Vegas), Arizona (Phoenix) and California (San Diego). These collective dramalogical performances seems to have not been observable from 1992-1998 in Ohio, Washington, Missouri, or New Mexico. These collective expressions suggest that there does seem to be a sub-cultural meth collective-which seeks to annoy users with guilt, humiliation, paranoia, primarily for the purpose of cessation of substance usage. Their method is unethical and violates user civil rights without correct enforcement.
In Phoenix Margret Finn heads a project which is for categorical HUD grants (HOPWA). A separate fraction of the program (for deemed clients) servers as an substance treatment for extreme out of control user at South West Behavioral Service (per Johnny Garcia). Margret Finn and Johnny Garcia carelessly place individuals together as roommate, thus providing a hostile environment for those who were not users or sought cessation. Also Community Bridges has a substance abuse program that hires prior users of method etc. Offering them quasi case manager positions as navigators. One such navigator was assigned to me Dec 2014-May 2015. She was fired May 2015 and was a mal factor to me seeming she violated several codes of case management and was associated with Margret Finn (conflict of interest) seeming I have posted blogs of Mrs. Finn and her neglect and civil liberties violations from 11/2012-7/2013 when she and J. Garcia were my case managers navigator from SWBS.
It has been suggested that characters like the two person mention above. Intentionally seek to create a hostile environment, while sub-culturally using intimidation factors of guilt to modify behavior. These persons themselves were once users, and or subjectively identify with sub-cultural animosity towards user.
One might also consider research I did for Eastern Michigan University (2011) regarding disclosure as a contributing factor of quasi passive hate of sub-cultural collectives.