It can be flagrant or subtle, but damage it will be. Sadly, the drinker is usually the last one to become aware of it. In fact, many never do.
I compare it to finding someone lying on the sidewalk, helping them up, brushing them off, and pushing them down again.
There’s not a lot of disagreement about the potential for cannabis intoxication to impair driving performance, though without an accepted standard and a reliable roadside test, it’s not of much value in a courtroom.
Clearly, these folks don’t experience shame in the way society expects. It’s why they arrive in treatment angry and defensive.
Those of us who work in treatment quickly sense a problem: people with addictions aren’t likely to respond to this approach.
One of the key ingredients for a drug epidemic is a false sense of confidence in the safety of drug use.
Then there are the users who seek to overcome their own elevated tolerance, which interferes with ordinary drug-taking, by simultaneously consuming a second substance of the same general effect
We should remember that Ohio’s Republican governor had to go against the wishes of many in his own party in order to achieve this.
…as one judge told me at a conference: “no matter how many jails you build, judges will fill them. It’s the easiest way to make this someone else’s problem, instead of ours.”