Chiara de Blasio has quit drinking and smoking pot at age 19. Does she really have a disease? Read More
I'm confused. I thought we had a war on drugs going on. Pot was bad and addictive. Our government is locking people up for possession of this highly dangerous substance and forcing people into "recovery".
But yesterday Colorado opened several legal dispensaries of cannabis products. The earth did not swallow the mountain state. People did not spontaneously combust. The worst thing that happened was some of the dispensaries ran out of product to sell.
Alcohol is quite legal and acceptable as well. Every state has these things called "Liquor Stores" where people go to buy beer, wine and harder stuff. I don't know whether a 19 year old is ready to decisively call herself a substance abuser, and then declare herself cured through the mere act of abstinence.
Whatever the psych industry is selling, I'm not buying.
But I think you're making a good point. We're in a bad, confused place where half the country is trying to get people to stop smoking pot, and the other half is geared towards facilitating pot smoking.
She will be attacked, most likely, for not submitting herself to the 12 step culture for the rest of her life. If she doesn't drink she will be considered "dry", if she does ever take a drink again she will be considered a raging alcoholic failure.
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Stanton Peele, PhD, JD, is the author of Recover! He has been a pioneer in the addiction field since publication of Love and Addiction in 1975.
When and how should we open up to loved ones?