SoCS: addiction

our Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “dict.” Find a word that contains “dict” and use it in your post. 

In the past couple of months I’ve known two people who died from drug overdoses. Or I should say I know two people who lost their children to drug addiction.

The addictions caused by cocaine and heroin PALE in comparison to what the drug companies have unleased on our society and were so freely prescribed by doctors. These drugs change the brain and are next to impossible to get off of. One needs a whole lot of support from family and society and unfortunately, those who fall victim very rarely have any support.

I watched “Take Your Pills Xanax” on Netflix and was astounded at how many people are on drugs for depression and anxiety. And, again. how freely they are prescribed.

But what I want to talk about is cannabis. One might say don’t replace one drug with another. Well, I say ‘yes’. Here is a drug that has been used safely throughout history until the governments decided it should be lumped in with narcotics. It was considered medicine for centuries. It became a drug as dangerous as heroin in the public mind.

I’ve always loved smoking cannabis. During the years when it was illegal, I chided myself for being an addict. Something I had to hide and be afraid of being caught. Telling myself I’m not as good as other people because I “do drugs”. I quit for 12 years. And I missed it for 12 years. Never missed alcohol; always happy I gave that up early in life,

So I went back to smoking it and feeling guilty, like I was a degenerate while everyone else in the world raised their glasses.

But I don’t feel that way anymore. I feel bad that so many people were prescribed these drugs by their doctors and ended up even committing suicide! They are finding the first drugs they prescribed for depression actually gave people suicidal thoughts! And yet they kept prescribing it due to greed, lack of information or caring. But these drugs are from the doctor so they’re OK.

If you are lucky enough to be high on life then good for you! You are the very lucky minority. I envy you! And don’t start using anything except exercise to feel good.

I’m retired, I grow my own pot. I became somewhat of an expert growing pot back when it was illegal and the people I had to buy from drove me to quit! No one is adversely affected by my ‘addiction’. I have fun! I hear seniors complain all the time about insomnia and I have to bite my tongue. Meanwhile, I make a cannabis infused coconut oil. When I know my brain is chewing on something and won’t STFU, I take a spoon of that, have a wonderful sleep and still wake up at 6 (damn) 30 in the morning!

So I wonder; instead of making recovering addicts white-knuckle it through life, or put them on a pill they have to take everyday anyway, maybe they should take closer look at cannabis.

Side effects include; sleeping well, good appetite, contentment, love of nature. The stereotype is that we do nothing. Today I’m finishing up a sewing project and bringing in my Christmas tree. I woke up at 6 (damn) 30 and was excited about my day. And, hallelujah! we have sunshine today. Its been very gloomy lately.

Its time to remove the stigma that cannabis has had in the past. Take a closer look and listen to people trying to tell doctors it helps them!

One thought on “SoCS: addiction

  1. An interesting and important topic. In my 30 years as an addiction counselor, I saw that opioids and cocaine were extremely hard to get away from than other drugs (with the possible exception of cigarettes.) The general public tends to underestimate how much work recovery takes. Recovery is often a lifetime commitment. But it is possible. Thank you for writing about the risks of opioid addiction from prescribed medications. I know some people genuinely need them, but I would only take opioids or benzodiazepines (xanax) very short term for a severe injury or at the end of life. I’ve seen too many people struggle with addiction to prescribed drugs that impair thinking, judgement, and concentration. When my husband and I have had minor surgeries, we had to be very firm and repetitive with doctors that we didn’t want any opioids. Ibuprofen worked fine. I’m not blaming doctors. I think it’s a cultural thing. I’m glad you’re using coconut oil orally. I’d be concerned about long term effects of smoking cannabis on the throat and lungs. But overall, cannabis is much less risky than opioids. Kinda wish I’d written about addiction now on my SoCS post, but hey, I’m retired too! Enjoy your weekend!

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