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Ted Williams – Pipe Dreams?

Posted in Current Events with tags , , , , , on January 12, 2011 by corecompany

Ted Williams

What’s wrong with this story? Homeless guy gets sudden fame, cleans up his act, his mother goes on TV to proclaim her “prayers have been answered”. There is nothing wrong with this, everyone loves a second chance, a redemption, a transformation and it could be that’s what we are seeing. Maybe not. Williams is a self disclosed addict, to me, without knowing the man he looks like he smokes crack. There is a very distinct look that crack smokers have, and he has it. He says he has been clean for two years. Maybe. Hate to be the cynic but…a crack smoker with inaccurate reporting (lies), just wouldn’t be that weird. I am all for addicts getting a second chance and fair treatment in alignment with other chronic recurring diseases, so I am happy the guy caught a break. I guess what is wrong with this is that, if he makes some money, he is VERY vulnerable. Addicts can’t tolerate currency, crack addicts more so. It is likely he will burn this chance, pure intentions and all, the addiction, left unmonitored will win. It will beat him, beat the The Cleveland Cavs, and put more “how could he?” stories into the media. Is there a solution? You bet there is. A plan, a recovery plan, complete with expectations, mental health treatment, accountability, verification, a system of fund disbursement that gives him no more that 20 dollars at a time without a process and a good reason to get more. The solution is being honest about what he can realistically handle right now, grow what he is able to self regulate, expect set backs and imperfections and get rid of the idea that the treatment for an addict is a job and his mother crying on TV. While somewhat heartwarming to give a guy a break, I don’t think the NBA will handle this well. It could be a great underdog made good story but I kind of doubt it. Maybe he can be on the next round of “celebrity rehab”.  I wish the GM of the Cleveland Cabs would call me, I’ll help them out with this, so in the unlikely event they read my blog, nobody but my mom and her bridge group does, call me, let’s make this a big win for addicts everywhere.

 

Cameron Douglas – Making People Smile

Posted in Current Events, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on April 24, 2010 by corecompany

The Hollywood kid problem. I have often thought that children of famous people are like marriage or communism; better in theory than practice. I think my favorite part of the Cameron Douglas case is his numerous quotes about how he lives to entertain and make people smile. By that logic, selling Crystal meth out of the Gansevoort hotel fulfilled his dream.  I am sure that made many people happy, at least for their night of clubbing in the meatpacking district.

The Douglas family had been plagued by addictive disease. Eric the much lesser known brother of Michael died after years of smoking crack.  I don’t know the man but I’ll take a wild guess and say Michael Douglas is no stranger to booze, who knows. In other words, Cameron comes by it honestly. His rich and powerful family pleaded with the judge to cut Cameron a break, I guess the judge listened because he got five years for a “10 year minimum sentence”. That makes no sense at all. If the minimum sentence is 10 years how did he get 5? The Judge scolded Cameron’s parents, which they may or may not deserve.

So many issues jump out at me from this. Is he a Hollywood brat, the product of poor parenting, a narcissistic culture? Yes, I am quite sure he is a less than pleasant human. Is he a criminal? I guess, he did break the law. Can he be rehabilitated? It doesn’t seem likely. He is 31 years old and has been this way for a very long time. It is possible that spending 5 years in jail will give him the motivation to create sustainable change but it won’t teach him any lessons. More than likely, he will manipulate his parents and blame them for the way he turned out. They will cave in to their guilt and provide him with some stupid life where he is invested in blame and scapegoating, which, by the way, will NEVER support a person in recovery.

This is a very difficult problem. Does he deserve a prison term? He might. Let’s not pull any punches. My general rule of thumb is to side with the kid, dog, or addict but often addicts not only deserve the mess they create, it may in fact be the best way to help them. Certainly, if they are going to get better, they need to take responsibility for their actions, and be held accountable.

Who knows, maybe Cameron Douglas will speak when he has five years sober and begin it by saying “my bottom was when I was sentenced to prison”.

Jose Pena and Cesar Rodriguez Arrested for…..Candy!!

Posted in Current Events with tags , , , , , on January 25, 2010 by corecompany

Jose Pena and Cesar Rodriguez were headed to a party on the night of January 15 in NY. Through a series of events, they were arrested and charged with possession of crack. As it turned out, they were in fact holding…….holding candy, which as far as I know isn’t a crime. It took the NYPD five days, FIVE DAYS!! To let them out and acknowledge the mistake.

Since the 80’s when the politically correct culture killed straightforward honesty along with irony and humor, people are afraid to say what’s on their mind. As I have said many times, I don’t think any drug issue gets better without honesty and so, I will, without reservation, express my honesty, my reality and my view of this. I shouldn’t have to explain that but along with honesty, humor, and irony, political correctness took with it the ability to differentiate between fact and opinion. Let’s face it, these men were arrested and charged with drug possession because they are not white, I don’t know what they are (Puerto Rican, Dominican maybe?), but white from Greenwich, they are not. This case underscores the waste, overt racism and futility of the drug war. The racism is so blaring it may be trying to hide in plain sight. I promise you this does not happen to white people. Maybe there are exceptions to prove that rule but that would be a very rare exception.

Before we get all bleeding heart and mushy, it is easy to see the NYPD’s point here. I am sure the substance looked like a rock and we wouldn’t want anyone to get high in any way other than with the Government’s blessing. So some Puerto Ricans are in the ‘hood and looks like they are holding a few rocks”, in this climate the NYPD had little choice but to enforce the law. Sure they were told that it was candy and I am sure the NYPD had heard that one before. It would be easy to dismiss the officers as racists but the truth is, they are an agency stretched too thin and one reason is because they are trying to enforce drug policy that makes no sense.

What is the net result? These poor guys from the Bronx spent 5 days in the Monkey house for no good reason, the NYPD looks like the Gestapo, and everyone who wanted to get high got high. I hope whoever ate the candy brushed their teeth after. What will this cost the tax payers in time, man power, community relations, and of course the law suit coming down the pike? Do we, as a culture really accept this situation? Do we accept policy that incarcerates law-abiding people and makes a mockery of the NYPD? Why? Why do we accept this? I don’t, so my blog and I will continue to fight this stupidity. Isn’t this America?

DAMMAD or DAMMISGUIDED Steven Steiner?

Posted in Drug Reform with tags , , , , , , , on February 14, 2009 by corecompany

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DAMMAD.  Check out this website.  Dammad is a grassroots anti-drug organization created by a parent whose “mission is to help fight against the drug problem”.  The Founder of this organization, Steven Steiner, recently had a press release with the person he thought should be the new drug czar. I’m not sure what Mr. Steiner is basing his decision on but I think he should change the name of his group to DAMMISGUIDED or DAMWAYOFFBASE. It’s a shame because Mr. Steiner seems dedicated and passionate to the memory of his son, who died of a drug overdose, but he’s way off base here. It’s a tragic situation, but was his son a casualty of the drug war that his father advocates?

            It’s tough to decide which area of DAMMAD to comment, there are so many bizarre aspects of it. Let’s start with the name. Dads and Mad Moms against drug dealers:  hmmmmm….are there any parents out there actually FOR drug dealers? Where are these pro drug dealer parents? Let’s capture them; a bunch of hippies no doubt. My second comment is really a question for Mr. Steiner: Isn’t it ironic that you have the very company who manufactures and sells (deals) the drug that killed your son listed as a supporter on your website? Also listed is a mini mart – I have no idea, but I speculate that this mini mart sells 40’s and cigarettes. 40’s, liquid crack and nicotine available to junior high kids? I know, I know, they are not of legal age, doesn’t mean they can’t get it!

            One of Mr. Steiner’s strong oppositions is the decriminalization of marijuana.  If his sons chosen intoxicant were marijuana, the kid would be alive today.  He may be functioning at a low level, complacent, blankly staring at video games but he would be alive and there may be hope to engage this young man into treatment.

            Luckily, with his miss the mark advocacy, Steven Steiner won’t be choosing the next drug czar. Clearly with my keen insight and ability to critique almost everyone, I should.  And here’s what I would do: I select ending the post. Czar? I would create a new post. A composite of multidisciplinary professionals. Doctors, social workers, recovery advocates, and lawyers. Steering this committee would be Joe Califano. When I had time, I would gladly head to Washington and dust off my soapbox. It’s hard to demonize Steven Steiner, first off, he lost his son and he seems genuinely concerned about an issue that goes largely unexamined. I welcome a public forum with him. Come to my Loft (sober living facility in Brooklyn, NY) Mr. Steiner and lets chat, we can film it and post it on YouTube and then seek comments, not to find out who is right but to support discourse in the community.