Happy Truth Tuesday Everyone! For today’s topic I want to discuss something that is very important to me and an issue that is still a big problem our world is currently facing. It is a highly controversial topic, that is filled with tons of incorrect information and plagued with endless stigmas our government and society has put in place of compassion, empathy/sympathy and in the most basic of terms….a kind heart. Today’s blog post is going to be on the “War on Drugs”, otherwise known as our country’s “drug epidemic”.
I would like to preface this post by saying that I’m not going to sit here and list statistics or use legal jargon to explain what the real issue at hand is. Instead, I am going to break it down into a simple, understandable and REALISTIC point of view; one that actually has truth behind it. I’m not saying that some of the statistics that have been quoted in previous pieces are all untrue, I’m just trying to point out that the overall viewpoint on this country’s “drug epidemic” is so misconstrued, that it’s borderline sickening. Actually correction….it is no longer borderline sickening, it’s way past that now. The way that the DOJ, all the pharmaceutical companies, our government and society in general are handling this issue is downright deplorable.
It is no longer based on factual based findings, but instead consists mainly of preconceived notions and opinions. Now everyone is entitled to their own interpretations/opinions. However, when you are claiming that you want to end the “war on drugs”, yet continue to shovel money into “your offshore bank accounts” because major pharmaceutical companies are still receiving the funding and support necessary to continue this country’s “drug epidemic” (which translates to the fact that “your” pockets aren’t becoming empty anytime soon), you really don’t have a leg to stand on as far as I am concerned.
I also wanted to take a minute to state that I am also not going to sit here and play the “blame game”, for a whole multitude of reasons (mainly for my safety and the wellbeing of those I care about), but I also am not going to be silenced about what the reality really is.
Bottom line is that I know what the truth is because I live it every single day of my life. I have done rehabilitation programs, gone to meetings (for the record I’m not knocking the notion of drug rehabilitation programs and NA/AA meetings), I’m simply addressing the fact that while they have the potential to help change the course of someone’s life, they are greatly flawed and often have no follow through. In other words, the system is broken and needs to be taken down and “revised” to say the least. I don’t want to get started on just how broken the judicial system is in this post, but I will definitely be addressing that specific topic in a future Truth Tuesday post; because not only have I been to a few rehabs, I’ve also been a resident in Connecticut’s Female Penitentiary otherwise referred to as Niantic.
Besides having a front row seat to seeing just how backward and broken the curriculum for drug rehabilitation programs are, I’ve also had multiple first hand experiences with the stigmas society places on people like myself. Government and law enforcement officials will stand in front of you and talk about wanting to truly help rehabilitate individuals like me, but then design a system that is nothing more than a setup from the start and designed to have us fail. How and why did this become acceptable amongst society?!
I have literally lost count of all the times I have gone and applied for a job and because of my record (mind you, I don’t have any felony convictions on my record), yet still have no job in the end. Let me give you a quick rundown of how it has gone in the past for me when it came to trying to become “rehabilitated” and a “part of society” again. It of course starts with filling out an application (usually online). Then, (if I was called to come in for a sit down interview), I would proceed by going to the interview, where I would hear directly from the individual conducting the interview that I’m a “perfect fit”. This will be followed with me standing up, looking my potential new boss in the face, and shaking their hand, as I listen to them tell me “we just have to look over a few more things/discuss it with the other manager(s), and will be in contact with you shortly”. Then I will proceed to walk out of the building/place of business, and one of two things will follow: one, I will get a phone call and have to listen to some bs excuse on why they are unable to hire me at this time, or two, I won’t even get a follow up phone call. Tell me, how am I ever suppose to be considered “rehabilitated” and a “part of society”, if I can’t even get a chance to show how hardworking and how “rehabilitated” I already am?! Follow that question up with an even bigger question….how am I suppose to function and survive in this world, if I can’t even provide for myself?!
At the end of the day, I’m all done trying to make myself work/fit with this incredibly broken system. Instead, I will make this system work/fit for me! I will be my own boss and hire myself. I will begin building my future for those I care about and for myself. I will not rely on anyone or anything but myself to make this happen. Yes, the flawed system that is our government and DOJ has failed me and millions of others on so many different levels; in the end making me somewhat jaded to the notion of belief/hope. However, combined with the amazing support system I have in place, as well as my own personal growth that I’ve made over the past few years (although I still have a long way to go, I’ve come very far and I’m truly proud of the progress I have made); with that and my will to keep pushing on, I will do this. I can do this and you can do the exact same. You may be just starting out, but you are not alone and you can be so much more than what society tells us we are.
The most important thing I want you to take away from this blog post is this: although I have had to overcome quite a lot and even though there were times in my life where none of it seemed possible….I’ve already overcome so much and am here today as an example on why we can never give up. I am here to share my story and to hopefully help others like myself, who feel like they are all alone and without any hope. I know I sound like a broken record when I say this, but it’s the truth and sometimes we have to hear the truth over and over before we fully understand what it means. It isn’t going to be easy and there are going to be plenty of opportunities to take “shortcuts”. There will be moments where you don’t even understand why you’re still fighting for yourself, but I promise, the light at the end of the darkness, the payoff for overcoming all of this….words cannot even begin to describe the happiness and sense of accomplishment you will feel.
It’s really quite simple actually, it comes down to this….if I can do it, so can you. So what are you waiting for….let’s do this!