I have become very aware of how tough it is for an addict during the holiday season, especially if the friends and family don’t know about the addiction. Recently, I was at a family event where one of my relatives wasn’t there “because she wasn’t feeling well”, (code for passed out) and two others were there struggeling with alcoholism. (One with an ankle bracelet).
Suddendly a niece pulls out a few bottles of “really nice ” wines and begins to pass them around. I see the one with the bracelet immediately run for a cigarette and the other one grabbed for a glass of the wine. I was overwhelmed by the naivity of the niece until I realized, “she doesn’t know”.
She doesn’t know about the loss of driving priviledges and the lack of income. She didn’t know about the police runs in the middle of the night to pick up drunk drivers, she didn’t know about the abuse that was released by the alcohol. Most of the world doesn’t know about the pain of addiction.
Most of the world celebrates without knowing that there could be someone in the corner that is about to lose everything. Be sensitive people. Addiction is a curse and we need to help one another navigate through it. Pay attention, there may be more than just a toast in that glass!
Kick her to the curb!
For all of you folks that have argued that legalising marijuana is the only smart thing to do, please see this report from Colorado on the impact of legalized marijuana in Colroado. This report was not meant to have an opinion, just report the impact. You can find the whole report at http://www.rmhidta.org/html/August%202014%20Legalization%20of%20MJ%20in%20Colorado%20the%20Impact.pdf . Since most of you that currently smoke marijuana would probably not read this report, let me point out some highlights.
Section 4 – Emergency Room Marijuana Admissions: • From 2011 through 2013, there was a 57 percent increase in marijuana-related emergency room visits. • Hospitalizations related to marijuana have increased 82 percent from 2008 to 2013. • In 2012, the City of Denver rate for marijuana-related emergency visits was 45 percent higher than the rate in Colorado.
Section 5 – Marijuana-Exposure to children: • Marijuana-related exposures for children ages 0 to 5 on average have increased 268 percent from 2006–2009 to 2010-2013. • Colorado’s rate of marijuana-related exposures is triple the national average.
Section 3 – Adult Marijuana Use: • In 2012, 26.81 percent of college age students (ages 18 – 25 years) were considered current marijuana users compared to 18.89 percent nationally. That will help the grades for those high priced colleges. My comment. Colorado, ranked 3rd in the nation, was 42 percent higher than the national average. • In 2012, 7.63 percent of adults ages 26 and over were considered current marijuana users compared to 5.05 percent nationally. Colorado, ranked 7th in the nation, was 51 percent higher than the national average. • In 2013, 48.4 percent of Denver adult arrestees tested positive for marijuana which is a 16 percent increase from 2008.
Face it, anyone who smokes pot or knows someone that does knows that it disables them from making decisions, causes memory loss, and causes couch potato syndrome. When you make it legal, you justify it’s use and therefore endorse the abuse. Addition is a bitch and Marijuana is very addictive.
Kick her to the curb.
It has been a long journey working with my family member who is an addict. Lots of deception and setbacks and lots of progress coming in waves.
One thing that I have discovered about addiction in general is that it “sticks” you in a maturity level of the place that you started the behavior that got you there in the first place. I see my family member slip up and smoke a joint and suddenly they are the irresponcible 16 year old that they were 10 years ago.
They suddendly don’t get off the couch to interupt their video games and they have this”magical thinking” about working and providing for their family. My addicted friend got an interview for a job recently from an application that someone else filled out for him and because they called to verify the appointment for the interview, he stated “they must want me real bad to call like that”. That is something that a 16 year old that does not understand business thinks because their head is not in the game. So it goes with the addict that is “STUCK”
They never seem to see that it is the “Bitch” that is distracting their every step forward. They seem to get a global view of the world when they are high and when they are not, they are all anxious about the future because they have not planned for it.
Please sse that if you are in an addiction that it is not OK. Don’t buy that politically correct crap about it being your right to choose, you gave up your choosing a while back and now everyone else chooses for you. It will destroy you, sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly but it will get its payment for your pleasure, YOU.
Kick her to the curb!