20. What are your views of drugs and alcohol.
This, like the last question is loosey goosey.
Do I drink and do drugs? do I condone or condemn the use of drugs and alcohol?
First, I live in a state that has the 4th highest rate of drunk driving deaths in the US. 33 years ago SM and I gave up both drinking a cocktail or beer if we went out. One of us is always the designated driver. If we are not going out, we rarely but occasionally have a glass of wine or a beer in the summer.
If marijuana was legal, I would smoke it, SM would not. Yes, I did inhale in college. My gateway must have not worked because I never did any other drugs. I had plenty of opportunity, I just made a choice not to.
Prescription drugs are crap. I don't like the feeling of being out of control and after major surgery refused to take the icky things once I got home. Pain and I deal with each other just fine and I don't have to puke. That's not to say that I don't think that pain meds aren't fandamtastic for those who need them, because they are. When you have certain conditions you need to get ahead of the pain in order to maintain some levels of control. My brother fought melanoma for 13 years and it metastasized to his lungs and brain. He had to have pain meds and he hated it but it was necessary.
I like 99% (that's an exaggeration but close) of the adult female over 50 population was on an Anti depressant. First one then another until I hit the big time and was prescribed Lexapro. I hated the way it made me feel, or should I say not feel anything. So I talked to my doctor and he said if I didn't like the meds to stop taking them. And so I did. Cold turkey. Do not, if you ever are on Lexapro, just stop cold turkey......it can really mess you up.
You are supposed to reduce your intake over at least a month's time. When I went back to the doctor and told him the horrible side effects I was having from going off the drug first he indicated that my symptoms were impossible and then he said, well why did you stop taking it? (And we wonder why I hate doctors. Listen much idiot???) I did some research then and found out my big mistake and read that this prescription drug is as addictive as heroin. Oh nice, did anyone tell me that before I started taking it? UMMMMMM I think the answer would be no. I had withdrawal so bad, Sweet Man really was ready not to come home anymore. It was horrible for both of us. I did manage not to kill anyone or maim myself or SM but I'm telling you, my opinion of drugs is don't take them until you find out if you can not take them later on.
And with this post, I have to put the other 10 truths on hold for awhile. I will bet back to them after the first of the year. I really feel like enough of my truth is way too much for me, I can't imagine how you are putting up with it. Thanks for hanging in this long.