Do Alien Abductees Need Help From Top Addiction Treatment Centers?

“No one would have believed in the early years of the 21st century, that our world was being watched by intelligences greater than our own. That as men busied themselves about their various concerns, they observed and studied. Like the way a man with a microscope might scrutinize the creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water. With infinite complacency men went to and fro about the globe, confident of our empire over this world. Yet, across the gulf of space, intellects, vast and cool and unsympathetic regarded our plant with envious eyes. And slowly and surely, drew their plans against us.”

-Morgan Freeman, War of the Worlds

We have all heard the stories of people being abducted by aliens. These are experiences that no one else can remember whatsoever. They end up having weird memories of things that happened. They do not know what happened and they have memories of strange beings sometimes experimenting on them. People who experience these encounters state it is completely real and not a figment of their imagination. However, the question of whether aliens exist is something that has been debated as a whole. It continues to be debated with shows like Ancient Aliens popping up on the History Channel. Questioning where we came from and how we ended up in our current state in life is something that people are doing more today than in the past.

The question of whether alien abductions are real or if they are simply having to do with a person’s mental state is the question many people do not know the answer to. British Psychologist Christopher French, the head of the University of London’s Anomalistic psychology research unit, breaks down alien abductions into three different types of encounters. French states the first type is simply seeing a UFO without any other evidence. He said this is pretty common and has occurred for a long time. The second kind actually has a photograph and/or radar readings and indentations as well as potential raised radiation levels to support the claim. There’s a third kind where the aliens are transmitting a message about pollution or nuclear disaster. In this case, the aliens view us positively and only seek to help us. However, the fourth and final type is where this whole alien abduction business gets scary.

The final type of alien interaction is where the person is taken aboard the mothership and experiences some encounter with the aliens, potentially being experimented upon. You then wake up and eventually begin to remember bits and pieces of the experiences. French believes the answer to whether these are valid encounters or simply just a figment of one’s imagination is out there. Other mental health professionals such as Dr. John Mack, M.D. believes these experiences cannot be understood within the western tradition. Mack argued that it is very likely these people were being abducted. Yet, two other professionals believe otherwise.

Richard McNally, Ph.D. and Susan Clancy, Ph.D. believe that the idea of alien abduction is laughable. The two conducted an experiment to test trauma and recovered memory. They think things such as the refusal of the abductees to talk about their entire abduction experience is proof that these alien experiences are nothing more than psychological difficulties they face. They believe that the crazy encounters are no more than temporary alarms going off within the minds of those people. Even McNally, though, contends that these people might not exactly be psychotic. An acupuncturist’s story is one that is fascinating to probe.

45-year-old Peter Faust believes himself to the subject of many years of sexual probing where extraterrestrials planted chips in his butt, which led him to eventually impregnate an alien-human hybrid, with whom he has now many offspring from. He believes because of his experiences that there is no doubt that aliens are out there and the experiences of those who have been abducted are all too real. Yet, there is a potential drug component to this too. Rick Strassman, a psychiatric researcher, investigated whether higher levels of a drug called dimethyltryptamine (DMT) within a person can allow them to speak directly to aliens.

Strassman believed the people who used the drug could see other alien planets and believed these encounters were completely real. This drug was previously used by businesspeople, especially in the 1970s, during lunch breaks to give them hallucinations, which could take them to another world. After around a half hour, these effects would die off. However, Strassman’s research at the University of New Mexico is interesting. Could it be a case of these people needing top addiction treatment centers? With 21 million US citizens struggling with addiction, the US Surgeon General discovered, it is not too much of a stretch to ask that question.

David Jay Brown, a writer for Santa Cruz Patch, stated that Strassman’s work could mark the beginning of a new science field. Strassman concluded with his research that just because we cannot prove his ideas completely right now, it does not mean they should be thrown out the window. Scott McGreal, a psychology researcher, still believed that the reason for everything might be psychological troubles and other mental health conditions. It is still interesting to wonder whether these people may need assistance from top addiction treatment centers.

As we continue to go about living on the planet, we may be watched by those alien entities that are far above us. As Morgan Freeman says in War of the Worlds, we would be ready if the aliens did indeed prove hostile rather than friendly.

“From the moment the invaders arrived, breathed our air, ate and drank, they were doomed. They were undone, destroyed, after all of man’s weapons and devices had failed, by the tiniest creatures that God and his wisdom, put upon this earth. At the toll of a billion deaths, man had earned his immunity, his right to survive among this planet’s infinite organisms. And that right is ours against all challenges, for neither do men live, nor die, in vain.”

-Morgan Freeman, War of the Worlds

About the author: Tommy Zimmer is a writer whose work has appeared online and in print. His work covers a variety of topics, including politics, economics, health and wellness, addiction and recovery, and the entertainment industry.