Fri Sep 20, 2013, 12:30 PM
quinnox (20,600 posts)
Teenage tv star goes from promising show business career to being a homeless drug addict
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Teenage tv star goes from promising show business career to being a homeless drug addict (Original post)
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|Arugula Latte||Sep 2013||#36|
Response to HappyMe (Reply #24)
Fri Sep 20, 2013, 02:42 PM
IdaBriggs (10,559 posts)
25. I ended up googling her. She says her boyfriend initially laced marijuana with it behind her back.
He also graciously taught her the "drug ropes". Oddly enough, her family hates him. Can't figure out why.
After going on the Dr. Phil show, she entered recovery. She stayed for ten months, and as of the last thing I could find, is currently clean and sober.
Heroin is an ugly drug. I have a niece we couldn't let in the house for several years (unless she could pass a urine test, which oddly enough she was never willing to take) because of her addiction related issues (stealing). Fortunately, after a very harrowing time, she ended up with a boyfriend who helped her get clean, and her life has taken a dramatic turn for the better.
She will always be an addict, though, and she knows she can't ever just "casually use" because of how quickly she can hit rock bottom.
She told me heroin was easier to get than alcohol and cost $3 a hit in the beginning, which seemed inexpensive and harmless.
Response to Decaffeinated (Reply #8)
Fri Sep 20, 2013, 02:58 PM
Warpy (89,083 posts)
29. She was articulate before she got bombed
Believe it or not, illegality contributes to addiction by building anxiety around getting enough of the drug.
I've known a lot of addicts. Most of them had low level jobs. The main sad thing about them was the persecution they were always aware of.
With those low level jobs not paying enough to keep a roof over their heads, a lot of people have given up and hit the bricks because working doesn't pay any more.
I tried the stuff. It made me puke, numbed the pain, and made me too sleepy to move. I was lucky, like most people, I just didn't get the point. I've got a hell of a lot of company out there. Most people prefer to have their brains work right. Addicts think their brains only work right when they're flying on their drug of choice.
The stupid War on Drugs is a failure. If people like this want to get off the addiction merry go round, there should be walk in rehab where they can be taken off the street and helped to clean up.
Sub survival wages are also a failure. With work that actually pays, some addicts discover hope outside the drug. Some don't. Punishing them hasn't worked. We need to try something else.
Response to leftyohiolib (Reply #2)
Fri Sep 20, 2013, 01:41 PM
Xithras (16,151 posts)
17. We could offer free rehab to every addict in America for a fraction of what we spend on the Wo(S)D
The U.S. spends about $15 billion a year on the drug war. Two or three of those billions could fund free rehab programs nationwide. A few more of those billions could annually fund shelters and transitional facilities to get them off the street. And the rest of those billions would be pure savings for the government.
If "helping people" were the governments goal, they'd be doing it completely differently. But the War on (Some) Drugs isn't about helping people...it's about profit and control.
Response to boomer55 (Reply #3)
Fri Sep 20, 2013, 03:10 PM
LanternWaste (25,666 posts)
32. I wonder which is more difficult... recovery from an heroin addiction or
I wonder which is more difficult... recovery from an heroin addiction or trying to prevent being seen as a vulgar ass who is mouthing off little more than a tired bumper-sticker?
Bless your little heart.
Response to kcr (Reply #15)
Fri Sep 20, 2013, 02:59 PM
calimary (41,397 posts)
30. No kidding. Broke my heart, too. NO mother should have to see or go through that.
That's her baby there. I cannot imagine the pain and anguish. Just beyond imagining. And to have that on TV for everyone to see. I can see how the thinking would be - well, show it warts 'n' all so the message is clear and the pain is visible and in-yer-face. But CRIMINY!!! These poor people are being made a spectacle of. Just another heartbreak story for titillation and ratings. And soon, the public becomes inured, and numbed, and apathetic. NOBODY wins here. Even those who think they're winning by providing winning programming. We are ALL the poorer for it.
Truly breaks my heart.
Response to NightWatcher (Reply #21)
Fri Sep 20, 2013, 03:13 PM
LanternWaste (25,666 posts)
33. almost as quick to throw around invalid absolutes...
"People are too quick to throw around terms..."
I imagine many people are almost as quick to throw around invalid absolutes (with incorrect grammar) like "none of us heard of..."
(Insert rationalization here)
Response to LanternWaste (Reply #33)
Fri Sep 20, 2013, 03:33 PM
NightWatcher (29,665 posts)
35. How's the clever thing working out for you?
I was commenting that many, if not most of us had never heard of this actress. Your contribution to this discussion was to point out a grammar error of mine? Thanks
I personally think the term "Grammar Nazi" should be replaced with "Grammar Asshole". How'd I do, did I throw around any invalid absolutes?