originally posted by: Flyingclaydisk
There is no municipality in the USA which shows a monetary profit on a penitentiary.
As a recovered/recovering addict/alcoholic, I totally agree that those who are in the throes of their addiciton need help, not a prison cell,
They have to want help. No amount of wanting to help someone who doesn't want or will not accept help and/or doesn't believe they have a problem will
force them to admit they have a problem and actually do what is required to recover.
For anyone who cares, here is 'my story' (all of it 100% true)...
I started smoking cigarettes when I was about 8 or 9, then dope when I was 13, graduated to almost everything else (never used a needle thank God, or
I probably wouldn't be here, I was too afraid of them). Interestingly, I knew pretty much right away that I was in trouble when I started using. I had
a fantasy of quitting for a very long time.
Anyway, my Dad's first real intervention was when I was 17 - I stole some money from a friend who came to visit - he told me I had to enlist in the
military or the friend was going to press charges. I know he was bluffing now, but it scared me enough then that I did, so quit high school halfway
through the 11th grade, got my GED, and enlisted in the Coast Guard (with guaranteed Electronics Technical training), did my 4 years, got out, played
for a few more years, then while working at my Grandpa's pawn shop, the (parents and Grandpa) performed another intervention when I got caught forging
pawn tickets to buy coke/Crystal meth (snorting it, not shooting). This time they sent me to a rehab center in Charlotte NC, the same one that Delta
airlines (my Dad was a pilot) used for pilots with drug/alcohol problems. I quit smoking cigarettes for the first time in my life for more than a few
weeks the day I entered rehab the first time.
I stayed clean after that for about 6 months, then started playing (and smoking cigs) again. Played for another year or so, then voluntarily went back
to the rehab again. My Grandpa paid for the first time, and my parents paid for the second time. The second/last time, I waited until 3 days before
leaving rehab to quit smoking cigarettes, as I knew if I didn't I'd likely start using again. I promised myself to make one meeting per day for the
first year after I left, and I did. I never went to another meeting after the 365th one, I never felt like I needed it.
I've been clean/sober ever since, 30+ years now.
I cannot thank my Grandpa and my parents enough for being willing to do all of this for me. I likely wouldn't be here if they hadn't. But the fact is,
the first rehab I went to that was involuntary, made me aware of a way out.
So, that was all to reiterate my main point:
An addict/alcoholic has to want help. No amount of wanting to help someone who doesn't want or will not accept help and/or doesn't believe they have a
problem will force them to admit they have a problem and actually do what is required to recover.
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