Alcoholism by Anonymous
I am a recovering alcoholic, and have been "recovering", e.g. sober, over 30 years. During most of that time I have used m.j. as a substitute for alcohol. (without the related problems...) In 1970 I tried Alcoholics Anonymous for 1 1/2 years with no success. Then I turned to a doctor who prescribed Antabuse. After getting sober I went back to A.A. I "discovered" m.j. within the first 4 months of sobriety, and honestly think I would have relapsed then otherwise. Mentally I was on the verge of "losing it".
I stayed completely alcohol free for the next 10 years (using my "medicinal marijuana", almost daily) I should also point out that I attended A.A. meetings about three times a week.
Then I had a relapse that lasted four years. After I sobered up again, it was back to the medical m.j.
In 1988 I quit m.j. for nine years, during which time I had a ôslip", (a one-time drunk as opposed to a. Relapse with continued drinking) on average once or twice a year. The last "slip" lasted 30 days, and I had to sober up in the hospital.
Since then, 1996, I have been alcohol free, of course using my medicinal m.j. daily.
I asked my doctor last year to prescribe Marinol to replace the illegal drug I had been using. While he gave it *serious consideration*, he elected not to do so. His reasoning was that it was not an authorized medical procedure. Personally, I don't think he wanted to "stick his neck out".
So there you have it. A productive, useful and full life for a hopeless alcoholic. I would have been dead, under the bridge by age 35 otherwise. I was nearly there in 1970.
In summary I was/(am) a hopeless alcoholic, as evidenced by hospitalization in 1969, 1982,3, and 1996 for acute alcoholism. For 25 out of the last 30 years I have been sober, completely alcohol free, and a productive member of society. All thanks to "medicinal marijuana".