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August 18, 2006 at 3:02 am
(1) Abby says:

Education about Substance Abuse should be given as early as middle school or high school. Most kids get into the habit because of curiousity, peer pressure, or as a coping mechanism for personal problems. However, if they are educated about the the forms and effects of substance excuse, perhaps it may make some of them think twice before indulging in the vice with careless abandon.

April 10, 2007 at 7:57 pm
(2) Cherryl says:

My daughter is in the CCA Leavenworth KS. She has a meth use problem. She has been using for 3 to 3 1/2 years. The drug squad picked her up over a month ago. IF she is lucky she is looking at 3 to 5 years. OK, she needs to pay for her actions but in the meantime, I want my daughter to come home well. I understand that a meth user/abuser will always have to fight the desire for meth. I want help for her. Just incarcenating her is not going to ready her for a life once she is out of prison. What can I do to get her this help and who do I talk to about getting it? Please give me advice as I am desperate in wanting to help her beat this addiction. I have seen such a change in her attitude these last few weeks that I am encouraged but I still don’t see that desire to ‘live’. Thanks, Cherryl

June 25, 2007 at 3:03 am
(3) Kathy says:

i am looking for a program for my son, and I have state aide insurance. I am finding it hard to find a center that will take our insurance, i find this SO VERY DISTURBING!!

October 6, 2007 at 3:42 am
(4) Joe says:


On this journey called life, I like any other “normal” person have been through many difficult times. One golden nugget that I’ve learned is that it is perfectly normal to go through trials, but it is absolutely abnormal to build a house and reside in the middle of them.
God expects us to reach the promise land, but to celebrate that; we must walk through the desert (sand in our shoes, bad hair days & all). In the AA program we are encouraged to work the steps. Rain or shine we are to continue working towards the solution. It’s when we stop and make residence in our troubles; that we set ourselves up for a major fall.

As a kid growing up in the city, my brothers and I along with others from the neighborhood, would finds ways to entertain ourselves during the long summer months. One day (why, I don’t know) we all went down a manhole and began a journey through street drainage system. I remember my older brother instructing us all to take hold of the belt loop of the person in front of us. Holding onto that person for dear life, we all eventually saw the light at the end of the tunnel and conquered the darkness.

Like someone once said, “If your catching hell, don’t hold it and if you’re going through hell, DON’T STOP.”

My friends don’t ever roll over and die in your trials. Cry out to a loving God, didn’t He promise to “ never leave you nor forsake you”? And if you must, grab onto someone by the belt loop and experience the light of the promise land

Yours on the journey
Joe Rivera
Temecula, Ca


October 8, 2007 at 7:50 am
(5) Drunita Arps says:

My son ia visually and hearing impaired, and he needs help with weed and alcohol. He went The Beginnings here in Tyler, he needs inpatient treatment, and they referred him to a center in Houston who will be able to provide enterpreting ( sign language). Is there any place closer to Tyler?

December 2, 2007 at 7:34 pm
(6) No Addictions says:

Is it me or are DUIs being more forcefully administered in a general sense and also concerning VIPS like Mike Tyson and Paris Hilton? I think the message is getting sent loud and clear: the courts don’t care if it’s VIPs or the average person who drinks irresponsibly and receives a DUI or multiple DUIs—those who drink and drive and get caught and going to have to suffer the legal consequences.

March 6, 2008 at 11:34 pm
(7) Richard says:

I’ve been off and on Methadone or something like it since 1971. Nobody would ever suspect it and I’ve led a pretty decent, responsible and rewarding life except for the instances where people who knew my secret couldn’t deal with or accept it. The stigna is horrendous. I would suggest that people who are in need of treatment investigate places like AA or NA first, but if substitution is necessary that is road that needs to be taken. Prisons are filled with the people who can’t stay off the drugs and their recidivism rates reflect this. I believe that maintenance programs should be the first place these people should be directed upon their release and exoffenders should be encouraged to participate. It is actaully getting a little better with suboxene and bupreorphine now available. Maintenance isn’t the answer for everyone but it should be available if needed.

May 28, 2008 at 3:46 pm
(8) Paul says:

Can someone please help me understand the WRAP program better. I want to be in my childs life when it is born and im unsure how to feel, I dont know if i am going to be able to be there for her and the baby if she is in the program.

July 30, 2008 at 12:35 pm
(9) firemanjohn says:

sorry abby, education is not the answer.
while informative, it is ineffective at preventing drinking and drug use. DARE is a joke to most kids, and a waste of police resources.
as for the rehab scenario, in Ct. a disturbing trend has occurred; the poor get free long term rehab, the wealthy can afford the overpriced self-pay facilities, but the middle class without insurance, has no options.

August 25, 2008 at 10:00 pm
(10) Matt says:

I would say that education *alone* is not the answer. I would also agree that DARE is a failure…but that doesn’t mean that a more thoughtfully-run program can’t be a success. Education has had a positive impact on smoking rates and alcohol use (to a lesser extent). I work with an addiction treatment center near Sacramento and it is indeed true that many people “in the middle” who need help are getting squeezed. I’d like to see much more thoughtful spending for drug and alcohol programs in this country – and a society that supports and educates rather than one that punishes and incarcerates.

September 23, 2008 at 10:30 pm
(11) Ray says:

Look at all of the other country’s that have the drinking age at 18. I feel that the age of drinking will cause more accidents during the first twenty years but after that it should level out. Once alcohol and teens become a norm. Teens should be exposed to alcohol early on so they can understand social drinking.

October 6, 2008 at 1:36 pm
(12) Kristin H. says:

I will back up what firemanjohn said. My husband, a criminologist and national researcher on crime and delinguency, has stated time and again that D.A.R.E is ineffective and a waste of money. So, are the “scared straight” programs.

October 18, 2008 at 4:29 am
(13) Drug Abuse Young Fighter says:

Thanks for the drug abuse news. It’s sad to know 1 in 10 UK young people think their parents are involved in drug abuse. Parents should be the first giving the education about drug abuse, not the schools.

February 24, 2009 at 3:41 pm
(14) DopeStats Admin says:

Ok.. I have a new, free, public service to seriously help on the war on drugs. As of today, drug use statistics are reported to people based on anonymous surveys that are usually conducted in the following, but not all situations:

In-Person Household Surveys
Phone Household Surveys
In-School Surveys
Arrestee or Jail Surveys
Medical Data
Law Enforcement Data

and other data types can be used as well.. For more information, visit this article on erowid:


We still have to mention the more important fact that there still cannot be accurate(!) data collection for drug use statistics because of “Simple Survey Errors”.

“..For instance, in 1997, the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse (NHSDA or NHS) encountered a strange problem with survey administration. Surveyors recorded that nearly 10% of selected respondents over the age of 18 could not complete the survey because their parents refused to let them participate.” (More info visit http://www.erowid.org/psychoactives/statistics/statistics_article2.shtml)

In an effort to raise drug use awareness and promote the progress of our society, I’ve been developing a new tool that reports drug use statistics that are otherwise already reported by government agencies like the National Institute on Drug Abuse. This however, goes beyond just reporting statistics for the USE of substances.

DopeStats.com reports statistics on the use and cost of over 300 substances in 3,140 U.S counties. That is, it reports

Average price
Median price
Mode Price
Total Economic Cost

for each of the 300 substances in each of the 3,140 U.S counties. It also produces maps that visually show drug use in each county of the United States. The process to do all of this is simple and intuitive: Ask people to fill out a brief (less than a minute), anonymous survey in each U.S county.

Since this tool seems to solve the problems mentioned above, and because it is a very useful tool for parents, researchers, law enforcement officials, and anyone else interested in seeking information about the war on drugs, and because its quick and free(!), why not give it a statistic? DopeStats.com also reports statistics for Nicotine, Alcohol, Tylenol, and many other legal substances too.

Drug use statistics for each U.S county – DopeStats.com

March 16, 2009 at 2:34 pm
(15) Frank says:

Alcoholism is the new death wish…..thats all I have to say. we need to offer a hand to those in need of help. Help by helping others, not by ignoring the pain…

April 1, 2009 at 9:15 am
(16) Michiko says:

Good day! Hot picture alert! If Paris Hilton is your fave, then I have a website for you to see. Who wants it?

April 20, 2009 at 10:07 pm
(17) Sheila Joyce Gibbs says:

Alcohol is the strongest scourge of the world at this time ! Our youth are guzzling it down, as if it were Diary Queen Milkshakes !

Currently, there are five (5) common health afflictions, scattered world wide, and all from what many of us thought was moderate drinking ! Well………it’s not !!!
Moderate drinking of stiff drinks, should be no more than 1-2 per week Maximum !
These illness’s hit with no forewarning signs, and are severe & permenant, as there are no known cures !
They are, and in no particular order:
-Grand Mal Seizures
-Rapidly Progressive Blindness
-Rapidly Progressive Deafness
-Rapidly Corroded Livers
-Heart Attacks

We must to do something to at least spread this warning !
What we need is our Government Leaders to take a stand and pass legislation, for mandatory health warning labels on all liquor containers ! They did it on Cigarette’s, so why not Alcohol ???
Perhaps then we may see at least 50% of our youth, avoiding these health problems !!

If we don’t do something pretty soon, tell me, whats going to happen when all us old sods are in nursing homes….? Who will be able to assume our professions ???
When our youth are already destroying their own health & futures ???????

May God help us all !

July 20, 2009 at 6:46 pm
(18) lea says:

I work with clients suffering with addiction and i am curious about the GABA-A effect on alcoholism recovery. Is this something that a person may use while in the early stages of treatment to help enhance the chances of successful abstience from alcoholism or is it also something one can do to remain free of cravings for alcohol. Also, is this something we as consumers can buy over the counter and take with our vitiams in the morning?
I love the information available on this site and have used it for some of my clients as a tool to make healthy choices. Thank you!

July 20, 2009 at 9:42 pm
(19) Clara says:

I know it sounds jaded, but I’m never surprised at what Hollywood kids say their childhood was like.

July 23, 2009 at 8:08 am
(20) GordonR says:

Great site, we need this stuff, all of us in recovery. I have devoted my life to carrying the message in my book, web site and speaking, it is truly my passion because we need to give it away so we can keep it. Two things I have tried and they work, A.A. and God, the two work hand in hand for real recovery, fredom from addiction and a better life, I do not want to be just dry, a drunk without a drink or a drug, other wise what is the point? I’ll join in, contribute, share my experience, strength and hope, when the hand reaches out we must be there.

September 14, 2009 at 12:54 pm
(21) Sheila Joyce says:

Drunita Arps, my heart goes out to you…
I beat Alcohol & Cigarette’s with the only help I trusted… God’s…!
Let me know if you’d like our story…

God Bless.

November 9, 2009 at 8:50 pm
(22) Joe Herzanek says:

I think you may be trying to reinvent the wheel.

The most successful recovery group ever created in all history is the 12 Step AA program. It works for any group of people and it’s free.

Regards, Joe

February 8, 2010 at 1:25 pm
(23) Gerry Cam says:

I would like to see a better relation between AA, Alanon, and Alateen in schools. I feel that in middle and high schools there is a lack of awareness from the parents and students as well of the resources that are available to deal with alcoholism and substance abuse. I think that making these support programs available to families in places where they are always at, whether by that name or another, would hep. For most young adults…in the hardest years, aa and alanon are either misconstrued ideas or they havent been exposed to the existence of these programs. Schools are the centers of communities. I think it would be appropriate.

February 15, 2010 at 11:37 am
(24) betty says:

my brother is a alcoholic and i have read your write up buddy t about your friend bobby and my brother has basically done everything bobby did. Rehab a number of times, he has psorisis of the liver, hospital again at the beginning of the year and he discharged himself 3 wks later. I have text him but not spoken to him, i cannot understand anymore how i feel or want to say. I care alot but cant do anything and it doesnt make me feel great. sorry dont know what to do.

February 22, 2010 at 6:11 am
(25) Gary Lee Gammenthaler says:

Age 18. I had came to Utah on a scholarship to Brigham Young University. I was full of hopes and dreams.
I had a lot to learn and it was heading straight for me like a freight train. Because of some set backs in life I moved home.

Age 20. I came back to Utah for my second round from Texas and Arkansas. I had a different mind set.
Some maturity and experiences had given me some insight in the world.
Heck I had been engaged twice, almost killed New Years Eve 1988 by a drunk driver, and received a big cash settlement.
My views & opinions of the world had changed.

This time I was ready to conquer the world.
The world didn’t even know what had hit it.
It all happened so fast and with little or no effort.
I had entourage of 8 to 12 boys to always to have my back, fast cars, money, women, and my own business to boot!
Life was so fun, fast pace, and easy. It seemed like nothing could stop me, or so I thought.

I became more predominant in Utah County. My business exploded from 6 to over 200 clients. I had more friends then I could name. And a beautful women always by my side me. (keeping in tradition with my first fiance ). Life was hot!
Life was so fun, fast pace, and easy. Life was hot!
It seemed like nothing could stop me, or so I thought
Age 22. But then the worst thing I could do I did.
So lightly, casually, innocently and without thought.
I took my first real drink of hard alcohol.

It was fun at first and only on a social occasions.
I never got sick, I could out drink most people and no hangovers. What’s the big deal. This is good and fun.
Not a problem what so ever.

Yet, what I didn’t know was I had unleashed a demon inside me that had haunted 3 other generations before me.
I am a proud member of the Cherokee Indian Nation 1/4.
I knew damn well alcoholism ran in my family, but me never!
I kept under control the first 7 years but the disease is progressive. I became a 4th generation Indian alcoholic.

Age 30. No more clubs, no more parties. Just stay at home and drink by myself. I became a hostage in my own room going on benders for days and even weeks at a time refusing any calls, visitors, and even help. I got up to drinking almost a gallon of vodka a day (vodka only no beer or anything else).

Age 35. Horrible and life threating withdrawls that would last 3 to 7 days. Nightmares, cold sweats, hallucinations and seizures. In the last 7 years of my disease I had to have medical attention when i was coming off the sauce.

Liquor brought me nothing but a lot of pain.
It led to mistakes, regrets and suffering like no other.
The horror stories I could tell you but won’t.
Finally I could take it no longer I wanted to die.
I prayed for a miracle.
Anything to stop the misery.

Age 39. Then he came.
My little angel from heaven, Gabriel.
It was then I knew I had to take the steps to start changing my life.

I wanted to so much to leave a Legacy that my son Gabriel could be proud of.
Not one that could lead Gabriel to be a 5th generation alcoholic.
I had to break the cycle. Not just for me but for Gabriel.

Age 42. I would like to say it was easy but that would be a lie.
It took over five years, 4 rehabs, a sponsor, a lot prayers from family and friends ( most said by my mama Sandra Dean Wiggins) and finally a lot of AA meetings, etc., that I finally beat The Disease of Alcoholism.

Last year 2009 I also got the help with a drug called Vivitrol. The shot is expensive $700, but it’s only once a month.
It takes away the cravings, the ability to get drunk, and will make you sick if you do drink. It has been a miracle for me and a blessing! Now I am much healthier and happy.
Since I have using Vivitrola and continued working my program I have not had one drink. I can finally start progressing again.

Life is much simpler now. No more hangovers or blackouts.
I still attend my meetings regularly and I am a sought out speaker at AA, NA and LDS 12 step meetings.
I love and enjoy telling my story to try to help others.
And to be completely honest do I miss it,
Yes, life does get boring and lonesome sometimes.
But then I see Gabriel laugh or smile,
That is when I thank God and I pause and pray.
God give me the strength and the wisdom I need.
Take It Easy, One Day At A Time. Your Worth It! Amen.

So that is my story. I ainte telling no lies nor making any excuses. But this what happens when what starts abuses.

Thanks for listening. Got questions or comments?
Please feel free to email at ggammenthaler@yahoo.com

May 12, 2010 at 1:13 am
(26) Freshstartprivate says:

I can simply that alcohol is a slow but painful death. We must have to come forward to help the alcohol addicted people as well do things like, social awareness, fresh health campaign etc.

June 8, 2010 at 4:44 am
(27) Henry Leland says:

Statistically alcohol awareness campaigns only help a small to medium quantity of those who have a drink problem.

The main (Or certainly a big cause) is the selling of alcohol by retailers. with this method you buy as much as you want, drink as much as you want and there is no one to say no to you but also no-one to help you should you suddenly have an alcohol induced attack in your home.

If you go to a bar (Or ‘Pub’ since I am British) there is usually cctv and security to monitor you and when the bar staff can see you have had too much they can refuse to serve you.

Oh comment 11, a Mr Ray is it? I do not think teens and drinking should become the norm, in Britain we are not allowed to smoke in Pubs and clubs, the ever increasing taxes on alcohol importation and use have led to our cheapest pints to be at least £2.50 (Approximately $3.75 if I am correct) whereas before most were between £1-£2. this has led at least in my country to as I said before drink in their own homes where little help is there if they have an alcohol induced attack, there is also a lot of teens here who purchase from the retailers for younger people and then drink on a public bench in full daylight!

Add to that the news that the british NHS (National Health Service) is now seeing cirrosis of the liver in british people as young as their early 20′s and I again do not believe that it should be the norm.

My solution to reduce the number of alcoholics is to up the price of retail saled alcohol to the level where it is cheaper to go to a pub where they will monitor and look after you and when the time comes they will refuse to serve you meaning you can never have more than you can handle.

I feel I bring up a valid point and would welcome any constructive criticism.

September 2, 2010 at 8:50 am
(28) robinP. says:

i was amazed that my 14 yr. old grandaughter didn’t know ciggeretts was a drug.did she think we all smoked for our health?

September 2, 2010 at 8:58 am
(29) robinP. says:

while my daughter and grandaughter were fighting-grandaughter handed me her bottle of rootbeer.i looked down and saw a dark brown bottle.it looked like a bottle of beer to me.been sober for few years now and it really reminded me of WHAT A MESS!and if people like us say we don’t need a higher power in our lives-we are nuts-for god is love-and he can help when all else fails and it is failing

October 19, 2010 at 11:08 pm
(30) Catherine says:

I have a niece that was ordered by the courts to go through TASC because she got caught with a joint 2 weeks after her 18th birthday. TASC is nothing but a revenue generator. She sat through an hour long class and then had to submit urine tests. The only form of payment acceptable was money order. Between the cost of the urinalysis and having to buy money orders it cost about $120.00 a month. Add that to the thousands charged for the honor of being allowed to be in the program. Legally she had to submit clean samples for 2 months and she could be done. Not difficult considering she had no drug problem when she entered the program- she was an honor student who got a little carried away with turning 18. However satisfying the courts is not enough. You are forced to remain in the program until you pay off the program costs, which is a bit difficult when you are making minimum wage and are forced to pay $120 a month for continued unnecessary testing. Counselers are a joke, thier primary job is to collect money. The TASC staff took great pride in telling my neice how they have people in the program for years because, while they can scrape up the money for the biweekly testing, they cannot afford to pay off the program costs. They thought that was very funny. Court sponsered theives, thats what TASC is.

December 1, 2010 at 2:00 pm
(31) C. Jones says:

Cherryl, it’s good that you want to get some help for your daughter, but she neet to want to help for herself and is willing go after her recovery like she did her drugs. Tell her that you love her and want to see her get and stay in recovery but she has to take the first step buy finding out and getting into a recovery program while she is in jail.

January 24, 2011 at 3:14 pm
(32) David Dickinson says:

Sheila Joyce Gibbs said: :

“…Currently, there are five (5) common health afflictions, scattered world wide, and all from what many of us thought was moderate drinking!”

The writer failed no mention the NUMBER ONE health affliction associated with so-called “moderate” alcohol consumption: BRAIN DAMAGE.

That’s right, a couple of drinks per week over 20 years is guaranteed to shrink your brain. How many politicians, police officers, and judges are suffering from alcohol-induced brain damage?

If you don’t believe me, see the link below to Science Daily:


February 7, 2011 at 6:48 am
(33) Linda's Immortal Alcoholic says:

Gary Lee Gammenthaler — You should read my page titled “The Stages in An Alcoholic Life” on my blog http://www.immortalalcoholic.blogspot.com. The journeys sound much the same.

David Dickinson — Besides the brain damage that is being done from “normal” drinking — alcoholics are much more likely to suffer strokes and that brain damage is usually permanent. Thanks for the web link — I can use it in my blog.

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