What to expect in this episode:
- The pervasive feeling at AA meetings that drugs or alcohol actually saved many from suicide
- Drinking can lead to bonding, which is good, until the tipping point of addiction
- Acknowledging as a society that there’s a piece of that that’s beautiful, but that beauty can rot over time.
Drugs and Alcohol Saved My Life.
If I had not used drugs and alcohol I would have killed myself. I mean, I’ve heard that many times, in AA meetings.
In some ways for people that medicine works. It works where you actually do find a way to feel good in your life and you find a way to connect with others and you find a group.
The issue becomes when it grows into a full-blown addiction and it doesn’t work anymore. So, medicine can work, addiction can work as a medicine for a period of time.
It can also create social bonds and things like that and, I think, probably most people have a period in their life when they look back on getting high and drinking as part of their story arc.
Those are great times.
For some people, they were the best times of their life. ‘When I went to college and I experimented with drugs’
So acknowledge as a society that there’s a piece of that that’s beautiful, but that beauty can rot over time.
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