if it’s forced it’s not treatment

How do we force someone to heal?
How can we make someone recover?
We can’t.

Healing can’t be scheduled into a ten minute appointment and healing can’t be forced.

Treatment can’t be forced because

if it’s forced it’s not  treatment

…its use-of-force.

Let’s not confuse treatment with force.
Let’s not pretend when we use force to subdue someone that we are “treating” them.
Lets not rationalize our need to subdue them as their need to receive our treat.

Some treat, eh?

if it's forced it's not treatment

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6 Responses to if it’s forced it’s not treatment

  1. Loreen Lee says:

    I believe you are basically talking about various forms of ‘restraint’. My understanding is that these are indeed regarded by professionals as ‘treatment’.; within a definition that is not directed specifically to therapy, but rather on how to ‘handle difficult situations’. I.e. How these situations need to be treated.. This is an interesting topic, and hope that you post more on this. Possibly it would include an analysis of treatment within the context of drugs, and many other ‘treatments’ which do not address the ongoing life experience of the individual. Thanks.


    • Hi Loreen
      No, I was not specifically referring to anything but including anything done in name of treatment that is called “treatment” or by some other flavour of the week euphemism that is intended to present an act of control as as beneficial “treatment” oe even worse, supporting recovery.. [see “sticking feathers up your butt” for more ]

      Drugging someone to keep them quite, docile, compliant, is anyway a form of “chemical restraint”.

      Currently in some hospitals seclusion goes by the name “silent reflection” and seclusion rooms have been so re- named as “reflection chambers”.
      Its true nature is solitary confinement – a practice otherwise known as…

      there well may be times when such practices are the least worse option but lets not delude ourselves that when we use them we are treating anyone.


    • Loreen Lee says:

      Right on. I want to be ‘treated’ well myself. So of course I agree with your clarification. Being ‘treated’ as an object, is NOT therapy. Less ‘treatment’, more therapy.


  2. maieliiv says:

    excellent post – as usual – thank you – sharing Date: Tue, 11 Feb 2014 14:19:12 +0000 To: maieliiv@sympatico.ca


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