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    Greetings to all..

    I am a recovering alcoholic, drug addict, and sex addict. Reguarding drugs, I have 3 years sobriety from pot, coke, ecstacy, and shrooms. I have 10 years sobriety from acid.

    I gradulally quit coke, X, and shrooms but remained heavily addicted to pot, smoking about a quarter a week (@ $125 / quarter) for quite sometime.

    Today I am happy to say that I am in full recovery from drugs, though I know I can never use them again; not even once.

    That being said I would like to comment on a trend that I find rather disturbing in the recovery sector, which is those who demonize drugs themselves.

    A few points:

    1) Any drug, legal or not, is a non-entity. It cannnot think or feel. Drugs do not cause people to use them; people choose to use them initially.

    2) Some people (like myself) get hooked on drugs, but others do not. Just as there are many people who can drink responsibly without becoming an alcoholic, so too are there many people who can use drugs occasionally in a responsible way without becoming addicted.

    3) Arguments about drugs, especially from the various governments and pharmacutical industry are extremely inconsistent. The general argument is that: if a drug is legal, then it is “good” and if a drug is illegal, then it is “bad”.

    But we well know that people can become addicted to legal drugs (eg. Oxycontin, Ritalin, Prozac, Wellbutrin, Zoloft, Percoset, Vallium, Hallcyon, etc)
    just as easily as they can to illegal drugs.

    I wanted to encourage a discussion about this subject because it seems to me that blaming the drug for one’s addiction is a form of denial and misdirection.

    When I first got into Recovery, I spent six weeks at an in-patient facility known as The Meadows. Most rehab places have a abysmal sucess rate because they only seek to stop a person from using. Basically, anybody can go to detox and kick a habit in the short term. However, The Meadows’ philosophy is that the addiction is not the problem; it is the effect of the problem.

    In other words, those of us who are addicts (like myself) have an underlying issue (or issues) that we are not dealing with or simply do not know how to deal with. Therefore we turn to an outside source (eg. drugs, sex, booze, gambling, shoping, food, work, porn, relationships, etc) in order to cope with an unbearable reality.

    I have certainly found this to be true in my life. My addiction to sex, relationships, pornography, drugs, and alcohol all have a common root: they have helped me to medicate my feelings rather than dealing with them.

    Now, in Recovery, I am learning one day at a time to face my feelings and learn to deal with them in a healthy way.

    To come full-circle with this post: one of the things I had to do was stop blaming the drug itself (or whatever means I used to medicate) for my addiction and face up to the fact that I am responsible for how I deal with my life and my feelings.

    I am open to any and all feedback, positive and negative.

    b]Note[/b]: [i]I realize this subject matter is controversial, and while I am interested in a discussion and exchange of ideas, I am not interested in having a debate with anyone. I am merely expressing my personal views and inviting others to do so as well.[/i


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