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Published: Sunday, Feb. 9 2014 9:00 p.m. MST

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Mainly Me
Werribee, 00

Having been addicted to morphine for 11 years, I can tell you that without exception, there is always an underlying problem with addicts. There is some sort of psychological problem that they are trying to medicate. If you can help them find the source of the problem and get them to deal with it, you beat the addiction. I know because this is what I did.

TheWalker
Saratoga Springs, UT

I did a lot of volunteer work for parents with out-of-control kids, and I often had parents who would wonder where they went wrong. My response was a series of questions:
1) Did you teach your child it was OK to do drugs?
2) Did you teach your child it was OK be disrespectful to adults?
3) Did you teach your child it was OK to skip school?
4) Did you teach your child it was OK to be promiscuous?

Invariably, the answer was 'NO' to all of the above. I would answer and say

"Perhaps your son (or daughter) is making these choices IN SPITE OF WHAT YOU HAVE TAUGHT THEM, NOT BECAUSE OF IT."

The vast majority of parents that I worked with were responsible, loving, people who were religiously active. As parents we influence our children, but in the end the choice is theirs.

Mountanman
Hayden, ID

A very good study would be to determine the percentage of heroin, crack and meth addicts who first smoked pot. I will wager a steak dinner it is close to 100%. Such a study would prove marijuana is far from being "harmless".

MHughes
Salt Lake City, UT

@Mountanman - I bet another good study would be to determine the percentage of heroin, crack and meth addicts who drink water. I will wager a steak dinner it is close to 100%.

A better study would be to look at the percentage of marijuana users who then go on to become addicted to heroin, crack and meth. I would wager a steak dinner that the percentage would be relatively low. While I don't believe marijuana is harmless, I do believe it is far less harmful than many people believe it is, and it may in fact have a host of legitimate medical applications which our irrational fear of marijuana is preventing us from benefiting from at present.

george of the jungle
goshen, UT

What could be better than sex. The drug is a pleasure, that destroys the pleasure censers in the brain that joy makes. Every one enjoys the feeling of pleasure. That's what it is. Try to deny your self that, you might can get an idea how hard it is to have the dis-ease.

The Economist
Newport, PA

I am disappointed that you listed this article under "Faith" rather than "Family." I think by doing so, you tend to reinforce the incorrect idea that addiction is a moral weakness. Addiction affects the brain chemically and is an illness. In modern times, you do not treat a cancer patient by moralizing their illness and you shouldn't treat an addict by moralizing his or her illness.

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