Canada is gaining a pretty long tradition of harm reduction programs. I think this is a good thing. In Vancouver (last I heard) if you are an intravenous heroin or cocaine addict, you can go to a “safe injection site” where you are given clean needles, a quiet safe place to do your stuff in, councelling, limited medical care (for infections and reactions to lovely things like your dealer selling you poison) and generally a little bit of safety and a place to rest your tired, stoned ass and think about your life for a bit.) There was also a machine that could test the quality of your drugs. I have no idea how this worked out long term.
For a long time now most largish cities in BC have had needle exchange programs (to hopefully stop people from sharing needles and for hookers to use condoms)
The above I consider a good thing. I didn’t use to.
I think it’s a good thing to help alcoholics in the same way.
Moderation is a wonderful alternative to alcohol or drug abuse in any form. The fact is, if you are the type of person who has one toke or drink or whatever and you can’t stop until you have damaged everything in your life and you wake up in a hospital or a jail in a strange town, and you get out and do it again and again, maybe you should consider total abstinence. It actually works for many happy people when they consider the alternative.
If you CAN control your drinking or drug use, then perhaps you are not a DRUG ADDICT or an ALCOHOLIC!
I take offence at your opinion, Huang Guang Chen. AA’s 12 steps do not hand all power to alcohol, but to an unspecified higher power. Nothing about not being trusted to handle a drop. Or being in a “sorry state”. Yes, abstinence is suggested as the means to recovery, but you are welcome to go out and try moderation if you so chose. And you will be welcomed back if you fail. A couple of the most difficult of the twelve steps involve being totally accountable for your actions while drinking or sober; past, present or future.
Many people have not hit ROCK-BOTTOM, but simply don’t want to. Ever wake up thinking: ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!?
Don’t knock an organization that clearly helps many people for as long as it can; often until the ends of their lives. Please. Maybe somebody needs help!
Moderation is a wonderful idea and a workable concept for many people. Not for everyone. if you’re in trouble and you can pull moderation off, then I salute you!
I wrote the above about AA because I wanted to defend a useful program for many people. This violates one of the traditions of the fellowship. A “member” is not supposed to publicly espouse(sp?) the virtues of the membership because once in a while a member who is in public scrutiny falls off the wagon and 1000 people love to talk about what a crock of shit the program is. It’s like if I opened a restaurant with some new kind of tasty treat and advertised here, and 500 people tried it and liked it, and 5 people claimed they got food poisoning. If anybody ever asked about the food at my restaurant on forumosa, almost every post would be peppered with confirmation or denial about it. I’m guilty of this as well; we all are. The point is: AA and other organizations that teach the same 12 step program don’t need publicity; good or bad.
I hope this post makes sense enough.