Canadian psychologist, anti-cultural Marxism warrior, and Kermit the Frog impersonator Jordan Peterson has a raging clonazepam addition. It was so bad, he had to check himself into rehab.
Clonazepam is an anti-seizure medication. It’s also used to treat panic disorder. It can be habit-forming. Before discontinuing Clonazepam, you must taper off using it to avoid withdrawal symptoms.
I fail to see what a person would need to enter rehab to do that. All a person would need to do is take a slightly lower dosage every week until you are taking the lowest dosage possible. You can then safely stop taking it entirely.
Was Jordan Peterson abusing Clonazepam?
Although I have never taken Clonazepam, I am familiar with taking antidepressants. I fail to understand why someone would need to enter rehab to ween themselves off an antidepressant. One possibility is that he was abusing his medication. For example, taking much more than he was prescribed. If that were happening, then all bets are off.
Rehab is not something a person would need if they were following a doctor’s orders when taking a medication. The fact that he would need to enter rehab paints a much different picture.
Does this mean he will stop writing self-help books?
I’m not a fan of Jordan Peterson. The same is true with anyone who publishes self-help books. I don’t like people telling other people how to live their lives. Unless they were nailed to a wooden cross by Roman soldiers and died for our sins. In that specific case, I’ll at least listen to what they have to say.
Peterson wrote the international bestseller, 12 Rules for Life.
In the book, he lists the 12 rules a person needs to follow to live a value-focused life. Something like that. Rule number six is:
Set your house in perfect order before you criticize the world.
Wouldn’t that include not abusing drugs? It seems that way to me. Peterson has made a career of criticizing the world. He frequently rails against cultural Marxism, whatever that is.
I cannot help but think Peterson is a hypocrite. He made a lot of money telling people the rules they should be following without following all of them himself. If that doesn’t make him a raging hypocrite, I don’t know what the word means.
After publishing this post, my wife informed me that I have in fact taken Clonazepam. I did not remember ever taking it. The reason I failed to remember this fact was that it was when I was in the hospital in intensive care. I don’t remember most of what transpired those nine days.