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Drug czar approaches challenge
from a different angle:
As a recovering alcoholic

Washington Post, by Katie Zezima

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Posted By:Drive, 8/26/2014 2:42:04 PM

LYNN, Mass. — America’s top drug control official had a confession. Michael Botticelli was seated on a tattered purple couch in an old Victorian here, just outside of Boston. Above his head was a photo of Al Pacino as a drug kingpin in “Scarface,” and gathered around was a group of addicts who live together in the house for help and support. On one door hangs a black mailbox labeled “urine,” where residents must drop samples for drug tests. Botticelli is listening to their stories of addiction and then offered this: “I have my own criminal record,” he said. “Woo-hoo!”

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 8/26/2014 3:09:28 PM     (No. 9982081)

Botticelli had to hit bottom before he realized he "had a problem". I have heard this from several recovering alcoholics. They contend that "high-functioning heavy social drinkers" - aka alcoholics to them - will never seriously give it up until they have lost most or all of what they have. In the gutter.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 8/26/2014 3:11:06 PM     (No. 9982084)

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Drug addicts are something else. They don´t usually have the mind-swings back and forth that give them periods of rationality. Theirs is a steady downward spiral so most of the time they have to rely on the anecdotes of others. Not as effective as heavy personal loss.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Patchy Groundfog, 8/26/2014 3:13:03 PM     (No. 9982086)

Sorry but this is more of the same identity politics.

One does not need to BE something in order to comment on it or administer it.

Moreover, the ´drug czar,´ along with his various enforcement agencies, has been a large-scale, long-term failure, whether he is a teetotaler, ex-junkie or member of AA.



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Reply 4 - Posted by: TOOTALL, 8/26/2014 3:41:20 PM     (No. 9982127)

I think it can be helpful that he understands addiction and recovery. He needs to leave 12 step programs stay separate. That is how they work.

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