Last month, Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson checked into rehab to battle an addiction to clonazepam, an anti-anxiety medication. According to his daughter, Mikhaila Peterson, he had begun taking clonazepam at the beginning of the year primarily to deal with stress from his wife’s terminal cancer diagnosis. Following his wife’s “miraculous” recovery over the summer, Peterson had attempted to quit the drug cold turkey. Dangerous withdrawal symptoms prevented his efforts. He voluntarily entered rehab to wean himself off safely and under medical supervision.
The news of rehab was met with an overflow of prayers and well-wishes from supporters but also received backlash from critics. The harsh denunciation seems to be centered on the idea that Jordan Peterson is hypocrite for being a self-help guide who became addicted to drugs. It could be argued that the negative remarks are coming from a place of karmic justice from those who view him as politically controversial, but have nevertheless perpetuated stigmatizing beliefs surrounding mental health.