Prop 19 – My Vote Is….

November 1, 2010

Tomorrow the people of California will decide whether their state will be the first to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.  I haven’t seen a whole lot of coverage on the big vote, but the most up to date info I have seen on it has come from the proponents and they are predicting the proposition will pass.  But the votes have […]

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Yes, Mommie Dearest

September 21, 2010

Yeah right. They say confession is good for the soul and certainly there is a feeling of liberation when we unburden ourselves to our peers. I think I’ve heard it all from “I have been a terrible friend” to “I should have been sentenced to life”, but it is extremely rare to hear anyone speak of how of bad a parent they are. Sure, we’ve probably all heard the regrets of the parents with older estranged kids or those lamenting the fact their children have been taken away. It is my experience however, that those still using or drinking are much more likely to say, “But, I’ve been a good parent.”

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Well Lit America

January 21, 2009

Original pic by davidrossharris at The Discovering Alcoholic

It comes as no surprise to me that drug use and crime are high in the urban center of many American cities where streets considered well lit takes on a whole different meaning. I knew that New Orleans was one of the better places to get murdered, that DC stood for “doing crack”, and that in Baltimore heroin is king… but how in the world does Missoula, Montana earn the reputation as one of the Drug Capitals of America?

Some of the statistics are indeed surprising. For example, Missoula, Mont., had the highest rate of illicit drug use, according to the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration’s most recent household survey. SAMHSA says averages taken in 2004, 2005 and 2006 showed 13.8% of households polled in the Missoula region reported using illicit drugs in the prior 30-day period ~ Forbes

After making this list of drug use hot spots, Forbes is asking the same question.

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Money and Opportunity Squandered

October 4, 2008


Authorities seized over $200 million in a single raid from a Mexican meth ring in 2007. I was sent this picture of the money stacked up, it weighed over two tons, but decided not to write up a post because of the age of the story. That’s a lot of money though and I’ve had a hard time shaking the image out of my thoughts. It is easy to focus scrutiny on the immediate and obvious damage of drug and alcohol abuse; overdose, crime, neglect/abuse, infidelity and violence, but rare is the mention of what these things have cancelled out.

What if the wife wasn’t a meth widow? What if the son wasn’t abused and grew up in a healthy environment? It’s downright depressing to think about what good could have come out of this $200 million dollars if it hadn’t been squandered on drugs.

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Of Mice and Men… On Drugs

April 30, 2007

Take a look inside the brains of mice on drugs! Every drug of abuse has its own unique molecular mechanism. You’ll learn how these various drugs disrupt the synapse to make the user feel “high”~ The Genetics Science Learning Center at the University of Utah

Want to know how cocaine, heroin, and alcohol affect your brain? Well this animated production produced by the University of Utah is by far one of the best learning tools I have seen explaining this complicated science. Make sure to turn your volume up, after you get past the 70’s retro-porn soundtrack a very nice lady will explain the progression of slides.

Hat-tip to TheJunkysWife.com

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HBO Addiction: Cognitive Behavioral Training for Stimulant Addiction

March 24, 2007

" Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is considered the most effective treatment for stimulant addiction. No medical treatment currently exists for stimulant addiction, which include methamphetamine and cocaine. At the MATRIX Institute on Addictions in San Bernardino, CA, methamphetamine and cocaine addicts attend evidence-based (proven effective) behavioral therapy groups. The program includes participation in weekly recovery skills groups, individual and family counseling, drug testing and 12-step or other mutual support groups."

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Excuse Our Progress Pt 2

March 24, 2007

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Antecedence to Injury?

March 23, 2007

The results, Vinson found, were anything but boring. In fact, he says, they were remarkably consistent. "The association of alcohol and injury is strong and clean and it's consistent over race and gender," And the risks kicked in much faster than Vinson expected.

I think a better title for the Illumination’s Antecedence to Injury would be Scientist Spend $1.1 Million to Learn Drunks Go Boom!, but of course that would not sound quite as scholarly now would it. So let me get this straight, there is a clear correlation between drinking and falling down in both black and white men, and gasp, yes even women. I bet if we gave the University of Missouri $10 million they might even figure out that alcohol and drugs are major contributing factors to divorce, automobile accidents, child and spousal abuse, suicide, depression, school dropouts, crime, and missed work.

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HBO Addiction: An Interview with Dr. Kathleen Brady

March 22, 2007

"Dr. Kathleen Brady is a professor of psychiatry at the Medical School of the University South Carolina, and an expert in addiction and co-occurring psychiatric disorders. Here she discusses how underlying disorders like anxiety, depression or trauma can lead to addiction or relapse, stressing the necessity of treating these mental disorders and addiction simultaneously."

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Warning: Laws of the Universe Not Suspended Because You’re Sober

March 20, 2007

It may feel like the laws of the universe have ceased to exist once you have a month or two of sobriety under your belt after a lifetime of drinking. Be warned though, although it may seem like a brave new world to you, the rest of the world goes on as if nothing has changed.

A forty-one year old Las Vegas resident working through AA's Step 9 recently found this out the hard way. Click here to read the whole story in the Las Vegas Weekly. William Nottingham Beebe found sobriety "sobering" when he learned that just because he's ready to make amends doesn’t mean the victim he allegedly raped in college is as ready to forgive him!

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It’s Just a Phase

March 19, 2007

”… it turned out that everything I put down on paper was eerily similar to the same thing I had heard in rehab”

When I was about 2 or 3 years into my recovery I had convinced myself that I knew everything there was about staying sober. I just “knew” AA was a crock and that the only good thing to come out of a 12 step group meeting was free coffee. I went so far as to say that I was going to write a book, to tell people that I had the answer to all their problems. Then reality set in… it turned out that everything I put down on paper was eerily similar to the same thing I had heard in rehab, AA, NA, and group meetings of all sorts.

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HBO Addiction: An Interview with Nora Volkow

March 18, 2007

“Science has shown that the brain has a remarkable ability to recover from addiction. With continuing advances in medical and behavioral treatments, addiction will soon be commonly accepted as a manageable chronic disease.”

This summary statement is displayed at the end of the 30 minute interview with Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, done by HBO in its series on addiction. I agree whole heartedly that the brain has the remarkable ability to find ways around the damage caused by prolonged drug and alcohol abuse. However, the premise that addiction will soon be commonly accepted as a manageable chronic disease seems a little far-fetched to me.

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How Do You Explain an Addiction To Others?

March 17, 2007

How do you explain to someone, who has never been personally cursed with an addiction, the overwhelming desire for your drug of choice.

The normal person cannot fathom the act of forsaking family, friends, and dignity in order to fulfill the demands of an addiction. My father who has two alcoholic sons (one is yours 😉 truly) is one of the smartest and most compassionate people I know, and he still lacks the capacity to understand how his sons were not able just "to quit". In order to explain this absolute demand an addiction makes to my father, I resort to the use of an analogy of a drowning man fighting for air.

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A Worthy Project?

March 15, 2007

HBO will begin a 14 part documentary this weekend on addictions. If the content lives up to the hype and marketing it could very well be a worthy project.

I plan to watch and report as the episodes air.

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From Pain, Humor

March 6, 2007

It is rare that I feel the need or even find the opportunity to praise someone in the entertainment industry, but Craig Ferguson of the Late Late Show really knocked one out of the park last week with a monologue about alcoholism.

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