Written by Stanley Greenberg Friday, 09 December 2011 00:00
Question: Do you have to suffer with a disease or malady to become a registered counselor in that particular ailment?
The question arose from a television advertisement that purported to solve the illness called anorexia. The saleslady testified that she was a victim of anorexia and could help others. She appeared healthy and of average build to prove that she was no longer suffering from this debilitating sickness. My mind started ticking.
I have also viewed such ads for Alcoholics Anonymous and Gamblers Anonymous. In many cases, the therapist or counselor, at one time, had been a patient. To me it is not a problem viewing these recovered alcoholics and gamblers as people who know the downside of their private lives.
Question: Does every official counselor have to have been an anorexic, alcoholic, or gambler?
In my personal life I have two friends who grew up in a very drug-related neighborhood. It was a middle-class area in Queens, but they both became addicts. Each of them went for drug therapy for many years. They were living away from their parents in a residence that schooled them and took care of their adolescent needs. Both of them recovered, graduated and were hopefully drug-free. Today, they are both bona-fide drug counselors, paid by hospitals and the city.
According to the aforementioned methods of selection, we should change the way we pick our public officials. Our policemen would have to be bank robbers, thieves or confidence men before they apply for police work.
The men and women of the U.S. Congress would have to have been inside traders, stock market manipulators, lobbyists or Ponzi schemers before they could hold office.
All our health professionals, physicians, dentists, opthamologists and etc. will have to have been Medicaid or Medicare abusers prior to requesting a license to practice medicine.
To those readers who think I have gone crazy, let me say “I am just kidding!” I am only an observer; I write what I see!