Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Being a Drug Addict Has Nothing to Do with Morals? Hahaha

     Right, and I have a bridge I'd like to sell you in California ;-)  

Comment:

     charlie i agree with you. it has been my experience in watching my son for the last 10 years. it's sad but true. but read this piece of literature that is read at ea[ch] and every Families Anonymous program. I love the program and it has saved my sanity but they clearly state that drug abuse is not a moral issue.

https://www.familiesanonymous.org/imag/data/5003%202%20About%20Drug%20Abuse%2006%202012.pdf

Response:

     Hey, Thank you. I read the literature. Let me try to give you a good example.

     Say you have a kid who goes up North as I did and he learns of the pain he causes his mom. He's also offered a solution and sees it working in other addicts who are doing the work, changing and staying recovered. Then let's say he decides to come home and relapse when he begins to feel some RID (restlessness, irritability, discontent) instead of pushing through and doing the work, but all the while knowing of the pain he will cause you. He is choosing to do the wrong thing and in my view, that is a moral/spiritual issue.

     Look, it's not that he is the worst, most evil monster to ever trod the earth, but we should call a spade a spade. It doesn't do anyone a service to avoid or deny what simply is, regardless of whether we also use drugs or drink to avoid discomfort, pain or some other issue, which, by the way, everybody has and somehow manages to get through without drugs. It's no secret that everybody, even non-addicts, drink and use drugs to take the edge off, but it's about growing up. That's what recovery is all about, and when children become adults, part of their development is indeed moral development... no?

     By the way, you are the best. Thanks for writing as you do, and sending the link.

     PS What I do know is my experience, and every time I achieved sobriety and then went back out, I knew what I was doing. I knew that what I was doing was wrong. There is no question that I suffered successive moral failures before getting better and starting to do the right thing. The things I did intentionally to loved ones such as purposely verbally assaulting my wife and starting a fight for an excuse to get out of the door in order to use the way I wanted to... I mean, how is that not a moral failure? How is that just some involuntary symptom of a blameless disease? Plus, it's really much better for us addicts to view our recovery and sanity through a moral lens as opposed to some new age lens of moral relativity. That I am a sure, as well as my experience.

     Also, if moral/spiritual action works so well to get us better, it sort of implies we have a problem in that department ;-) Said another way, if our problem is spiritual, so must be our solution. 

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November 5th, 2014

Saw this comment on another blog. Presented (almost) without comment:
      
     "Some cases of 'addiction' are actually attempts to replace what is naturally missing in their bodies. In the case of opiate addiction, some, not all, are using it for legitimate mental health treatment. While I do not advocate taking illicit substances to solve this, there exists a growing mountain of evidence supporting the notion that a lack of endogenous opioids inside of our bodies can lead to many illnesses, including depression. While not necessarily the case and knowing nothing of your situation, if your child has been suffering from depression for some time it may be worth looking in to."

     "...using it for legitimate mental health treatment"???????????
   
     "...legitimate"??????????

     Wow. Um, yeah, opiates work for depression because they get you high as shit. Are these people serious?

     This is probably one of the more insane things I've ever read in my life, but I guess we shouldn't be surprised that doctors are now telling you that our brains actually need prescription opiates organically or constitutionally. Okay folks, I think it may be time to pack it in, as it is now commonly accepted that more opiates serve as a legitimate mental health treatment strategy for people addicted to opiates. What an absolute travesty that this is what we've been reduced to in the nanny state of America.

God, please help us...

The new solution for depression & opiate addiction: more opiates.

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