Dear Josh you can do it!!! I was so impressed with you while reading this
article, I can tell you are a brave young man. Keep fighting the fight.
As I read this article, I felt like I was reliving a past nightmare, that
unfortunately was a living hell. My oldest son went through this exact same
situation when he started high school. He too, was self-medicating from social
anxiety, which started with marijuana and ended with synthetic drugs, with
everything else, in between. This is sadly, a very real nightmare for so many
people. However, my son, who will turn 24 this month, not only made it out of
that pit of hell but changed his life entirely with the strength, guidance, and
love from our Heavenly Father and from his family and friends, who never gave up
or lost hope, even when we thought he had. He will be returning in October, from
serving a worthy, full-time mission in Arizona. The path that he went down, was
a hard and dark one, but he did find the peace an light he was struggling so
hard to find. I know others can find it too, if they truly look to God and live.
My son is living proof! It's where you're going, not where you've
been, that counts!
@ one old manActually I think it's 'foolish' (as you
say) not to legalize marijuana. To be fair, you said drugs. I don't think
all drugs should be legalized. Legalizing weed or not, This young
man (Josh is it?) is doing himself proud. I wish you well young man.Nice article for the most part.
@ one old man"And there are people out there who want to
"legalize" drugs . . . . How foolish can we Americans become?"Foolish enough not to recognize that the most serious drug issue, not
only in America but right here in Utah, is prescription drugs; you know the
"legal" ones. From 2002-2010 deaths from prescription drugs increased
75%. In fact in 2008 of the 36,000 deaths in this nation from drugs, 24,000
were from prescription drugs, more than all illicit drugs combined. In fact
prescription drugs are now even with Marijuana as the "gateway" drug.
I'm not minimizing the toll that illegal drug abuse can have on
an individual and those that love them, something I have had personal experience
with. But believing that it is the notion of legal or illegal causing the
problem is the most "foolish" belief of all.
Thanks for a nice article. I've been going to AA meetings for a coupla
years now, and I'm shocked at the number of kids who became heavy drug
users at ages of 14-16. Middle School !!Well, at least they're on a
good path now; I'm warmed by that, and I'll always offer them any
encouragement, support, or help I can.When a good friend mustered out of
the USAF, she decided to go back to her home town to teach Middle School
Geography and Social Studies, having traveled to many places that folks barely
have read about. These folks might never cross the State border, let alone
travel the World, in their lives. Why Middle School, I asked her ??"Because that's the Crossroads of their lives. I'm going to be
there to help direct traffic".
Yes, there are people who believe putting addicts in jail or prison is the right
thing to do IF the addicts commit crimes to support their addiction. I have a 31
year old son who is an addict, he has spent half his life in jail and prison for
committing crimes to support his habit. I and the state have done all we can do
to help him....but he does not want help. Until he does he will committ crimes
to pay for his addiction. And he will go back to jail. I fear for my sons
life...but not so much when he's locked up. And to Duncan...if these drugs
are legalized then we will have an even larger epidemic of addicts. Alchol is a
beast...drugs will be the death.
And there are people who think that putting addicts in jail or prison is the
solution. Drug and alcohol addictions are medical problems and should be
treated as such. It is unfortunate that many choose alcohol and drugs to cope
with the pressures of daily life. Jail should be a last resort when all other
options have been exhausted and the public needs to protected from the addicts
And there are people out there who think the law prevents stuff like this from
happening . . . . How foolish can we Americans become? Reality, what a concept,
eh old man?
And there are people out there who want to "legalize" drugs . . . . How
foolish can we Americans become?