I had Family Group in Uniontown on Sunday. It was so great to see everyone. Sad, but good !! Tommys girlfriend Lizzie died of an overdose. My heart goes out to him. And his mom. This disease of addiction strikes so many. Family members think that if their addict just stops using that everything will be ok. Wouldn’t that be just so easy???? They don’t understand that addiction is hereditary. That it goes back to whoever was the first to abuse alcohol. Alcohol is the oldest known drug. My Aunt Minnie was an alcoholic. When she drank the first drink she could not stop. People judged her because they didn’t know any better. Ironically enough I was her favorite. I remember my mom feeling so relieved that it became public that the Kennedy Family had a young son who was selling heroin when I was in rehab. My mother got great comfort in that. If it happened to the Kennedy Family then we were not too bad. Talk about a stigma. You know the sad thing about it? The sad thing is that it is STILL like that. I taught an addictions counseling course to the Graduate students at Duquesne University years ago. The first class I would ask the students to get out a piece of paper and pencil and I’d ask them to draw a drug addict. 90% of them drew a bum living under a bridge. I would then tell them that they should have drawn their attorney or their family doctor or their neighbor or their teacher or their own family!!!! Addiction is treated as a “moral deficiency”. Addicts are treated as if they are low life junkies. Alcoholics on the other hand are “socially acceptable”. Alcohol is socially acceptable. Heroin & Crack are NOT. And why is that? Because alcohol is permitted in society. It “relaxes” us!!!! There is so much BAD INFORMATION out there.
Addicts are “born” with this disease. They are addicts BEFORE they pick up a drink or a drug. Get educated about what this means !!!!! I have 4 children who have never picked up a drink or a drug. It is my professional opinion that at least 3 out of 4 of them are addicts and if they did pick up a drink or a drug they would not be able to stop. If parents educated themselves about the disease of addiction they could do some prevention work with their children. When my daughter Talia was growing up we went to her prom dates house for pictures. There were many parents and children there. The parent announced to everyone that he would be taking the kids keys when they come back to his home for the after party. Now I became very confused. Wow I know that these are the type of people who teach their children not to break the law. Why is it OK for their children to break the law by drinking before the age of 21? Set all this addiction crap aside. Let’s just talk right and wrong. If we taught our kids to not break the law then we would not be finding ways to help them drink before the age of 21! There is so much to be educated about concerning the disease of addiction !!! People are not interested until it’s too late.
The truth is all I can think about is my court case coming up. It’s on my mind 24/7. I feel like I’m living a fairy tale…..no, I mean I’m waiting for someone to wake me up!!! My book will be awesome. I still am being told nmot to talk to reporters. WHAT does THAT tell you?? Speaks volumes to me!!! Uniontown is POLITICALLY CORRUPT ! I can’t wait to expose them….All of them. We worked hard to help many riddled with this disease. Some got help; some didn’t.
Stay with me you guys! I need you in my life. I need to know that I have your support ! I need to know that you are well or that you are struggling. You are important to me!!!! We need to stop the way addicts are treated by society ! Thank you for always being there. I love you 😍🤓🤓🤓❤️❤️