Controversial Canadian author and academic Jordan Peterson has been treated for addiction to anti-anxiety medication in Russia, his daughter has said.
Peterson rose to fame in conservative circles in 2016 for opposing what calls “radical political correctness authoritarianism,” and his polarizing stances have drawn widespread controversy. He is estimated to have authored 50 books, including in the self-help genre, and sold more than 30 million copies.
Peterson’s family sought treatment for his “physical dependency” to benzodiazepine in Russia last month after failed attempts in North America, his daughter Mikhaila Peterson said Friday.
“We had to seek an emergency benzodiazepine detox, which we could only find in Russia,” she said in a YouTube video viewed 2 million times.
Doctors in Russia placed Peterson in an eight-day induced coma after diagnosing him with a fever and pneumonia on arrival. Peterson said her father was “on the mend” but “has a long way to recover fully.”
“He almost died from what the medical system did to him in the West,” Mikhaila said in a video and script provided to Canada’s National Post publication.
“The decision to bring him to Russia was made in extreme desperation when we couldn’t find any better option,” she said.
In a sense, yes, but taking personal responsibility doesn't mean not ever going to professionals for assistance. Going to doctors and getting medical attention is taking personal responsibility.Now I don't know a whole lot about this guy but isn't his schtick about taking personal responsibility?
I fully agree that these drugs are highly addictive but blaming everything on "Western medicine" seems an easy way to wash his hands of taking some personal responsibility for his own addiction.Read up about the opioid epidemic in the States and how many people it has killed.
I don't think people really understand the addictive power of some of these drugs.