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Subject: Re: An Open Letter Date: 5/17/2013 5:20 PM
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I cannot believe that you did what you did. I will never understand addiction, I guess, but after going how many years, you got caught using in the stupidest way possible.

You don't even seem upset about the jail time. You may say "It's only county jail," but dude, it's JAIL.

Your boss is incredibly understanding, and I can't imagine what your sons and grandchildren think.

For a smart guy who's old enough to know better, you're the stupidest person I've ever met. And yeah, I'm very angry at you.


MissEdithKeeler, my sympathies to you and everyone else affected by this addict. Most people focus on the direct harm (crimes, violations) of the addict him/herself, but many don't understand the impact of the addiction on the addict's family and others who care about him/her.

A basic dishonesty, for sure. I mean.. how can someone go through that series of motions and not realize what they are doing?

Brain circuitry gets rewired in addiction, bypassing the normal mechanisms of making choices.


The few addicts I have known have made me agree with the view that addicts need to be compelled and forced to comply with various rehab programs. I'm not talking about the mandatory, but voluntary programs; I mean the lock down programs like I heard they were trying to get Lohan in. And that is for the lucky ones with access to such programs. It is life after the 28-day, 60-day, 90-day etc. program which is the challenge.

What little I know about drug addiction has made me very humbled about the ability of anyone to stop an addict if they find themselves on that slippery slope. IMO they really need to be forced, including physical force, from their addiction. Their smarts, education, maturity, etc. don't matter. Loving families, or lifelong orphan and loner. Addiction dominates all backgrounds.

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