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Mom and Dad

Why exactly do people feel the need to interrupt my peace with their thoughts? I didn't force my website on them; they visited me. Here is another one...

I know that this is going to have no lasting effect on your opinion, but I feel the need to say my peace. My father was a heroin addict, my mother is now an addiction counselor, and I currently work at a rehab.

[Which qualifies you in what way?]

I'm sure there are people out there who may be able to use heroin every once and a while, and have it be no more harmful than those who choose to recreationally do other drugs.

[The implication being that there are very few? Why don't you do a little research instead of assuming what you want to believe?]

And while I do agree that drug laws are pretty awful and do not address the problem the way it needs to be addressed, I don't think that Heroin should be legal.

[I think your way is much worse than the current way.]

Criminal charges should send people to rehab, not prison, but they should still be rounding up people for use of the drug.

[You smug little bastard. Because you want to lock heroin users up in places you call "hospitals" instead of places you call "jails", you considers yourself a "good" person. I say a cage called a garden is still a cage. I would prefer that you be more forthright and just say "lock up the junkies". It is hard to deal with people who claim to be "helping". It seems wrong to be nasty to such "nice" people. But let's get down to the bottom of what you've written:

"People who use heroin should be deprived of their liberty even when they do nothing else to break the law."

This is what you say. This is what all the liberal-minded "treatment not jail" people say. These people are far worse than the "lock up the junkies" types. Punishment by deprivation (jail) is preferable to punishment by brainwashing ("drug treatment").

Many heroin users cannot stop, and commit crimes daily to feed their habit.

[People commit crimes to get food too. So lock up everyone who eats? Regardless, since there are already laws against theft, why not lock up people for that; why is it necessary to lock up all heroin users because some commit crimes? And if they all commit crimes, won't they be picked up for that anyway? You haven't thought about this very much, have you?]

The number of users who cannot stop as compared with those who can is without a doubt higher.

[Absolutely false. You should be ashamed that you are this ignorant and yet you "work in rehab". Start by reading the U.S. Household Survey. Until then, you speak from complete ignorance.]

You have a right to your opinion, and I respect it,

[Do you respect my opinion or my right to my opinion? I don't see how you can respect my opinion since you clearly don't even understand it. I, on the other hand, understand your opinion only too well and I do not respect it; I repudiate it.]

but I think that maybe you haven't seen enough of the bad side of addiction to know the whole picture.

[Again: You smug little bastard. You have shown yourself to know very little about this field. I've spent the last decade studying it. In addition to this, I've lived it. Get a clue or at least shut up.]

If you got the whole way to the bottom of this, congrats!

[I read all of my e-mail, ridiculous though the amount is. Mostly, I'm very kind, but I'm losing patience with people like you. As it is you've already taken an hour of my time that could have been spent helping people.]

But I bet you get this all time.

[Unfortunately, I do get a lot of this and that's why I'm starting to lose my patience.]

-Peace

[Gee, I'm glad he ended with "Peace", otherwise I might have thought your letter was an attack. Now I realize that just as with all the heroin users you want to arrest, you are just trying to help me. Which of course brings to mind the old quote, "Lord save me from my friends; I can handle my enemies myself."]

by Dr. H © 2003


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