Two for Tuesday

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Wed, 04-10-2013 - 10:43am

1. If you could choose one dream job, what would it be?

2. Amanda Bynes, crazy?

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Wed, 04-10-2013 - 4:24pm

springfever2013 wrote:
<p><span style="font-size:13px; text-align:left">Of course Lohan isn't treated like an average citizen. Does the fact that we're living in a plutocracy amaze you?</span></p><p><span style="font-size:13px; text-align:left"><img src="/forums/sites/all/libraries/tinymce/jscripts/tiny_mce/plugins/emotions/img/smiley-money-mouth.gif" alt="Money Mouth" title="Money Mouth" border="0" /> </span></p>

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Wed, 04-10-2013 - 5:12pm

1. If you could choose one dream job, what would it be?

Drummer for Weezer. 

2. Amanda Bynes, crazy?

I find obsessions about celebrities and celebrity gossip creepy. I don't mean mildly creepy, but way way far out creepy. 

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Wed, 04-10-2013 - 5:24pm

jamblessedthree wrote:
<p>I don't know if addicts "never really get help" is true. What I've heard is that recovery is not a destination but a journey, RecoverING is a life long process that entails all those things you mention. But go ahead and feed me the speech that there isn't enough help out there for addicts or others with pressing mental issues. </p>

Here's a homework assignment for you: look up rehab centers in your area and give each one a call. Tell them that you:

1. Have no health insurance (because you lost your job/spouse/income a long time ago)

2. Have no money (because you've lost everything and then some)

3. Your family doesn't have the means to help you financially. Your family members are done loaning you money because you owe them all/you've lied to them all/you've stolen from most of them

4. Not only are you broke, but you owe three different dealers, two of which already have you dealing to help pay off some of your debts.

Once you've called all of the rehab centers in your area that can help you, make a list for me. I bet it looks just like this:

At best, you'll find one place that can take you, but they won't have an opening for three days. All you have to do is to fight your urges for three days, avoid the dealers you owe, avoid all of your addict friends, and avoid the police (because every judge has heard the "I was on my way to rehab" excuse.)

I know you won't do this, because it'll crush your fantasty. 

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Wed, 04-10-2013 - 6:43pm

Are you sure about that Marla.. There's no grant money or other subsidized funding to help families get by? Somebody helps you eat, live and go to school, Somebody will always be there to pick you up when you fall too.... To deny that exists is dellusional, Perhaps that is why some don't get ahead! 

 

 

 

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Wed, 04-10-2013 - 6:57pm

I screened calls for a fancy rehab place. I was instructed to coax each caller's story from them, make them feel comfortable, let them know that we were there to help. I listened to six or seven dozen of these stories each and every day and most were the same. They needed help and couldn't find any. Of course, the rehab place I was answering phone calls for only accepted people with money, so I only converted a handful--like ten, maybe twelve--cases over for a real counselor to call back over a seven month period. Everyone else I referred to dial 211. Have you ever dialed 211? 

I listened to people cry. I heard adult men sobbing into the phone. The hopelessness, the helplessness, and the agony of frustration over the lack of options, coupled with the desperation was absolutely heart-breaking.

I also have a brother who has been addicted to cocaine since he was 17. He's also an alcoholic. His wife uses heroin; she's currently in prison. My grandmother attends AA meetings on a daily basis for prescription drug abuse.

What does your experience with drug addicts look like? 

I never said that there was no funding. I'm just tacking on the idea that there isn't ENOUGH.

But please, feel free to find a place that will accept someone from the depths of addiction--no money, no family, that has an immediate opening, and prove me wrong. Please. If you can prove me wrong that would be great, because it would mean that the needs of the people in your community are being served.

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Wed, 04-10-2013 - 6:59pm

jamblessedthree wrote:
<p>Are you sure about that Marla.. There's no grant money or other subsidized funding to help families get by? Somebody helps you eat, live and go to school, Somebody will always be there to pick you up when you fall too.... To deny that exists is dellusional, Perhaps that is why some don't get ahead! </p><p> </p>

No, Jams, there is no "grant" money for addicts, or families of addicts, to get by. They may qualify for medicaid after they lose everything, but waits for inpatient care for medicaid recipients is measured in double digit months, if not years.

dellusional [sic]? Look in the mirror.

My family has the unfortunate experience of dealing with addiction and the mental illness as they often go hand-in-hand. Believe me, there were no "grants" or subsidies for the family. There was no private health insurance and medicaid was a joke. Just a lot of expense, heartache, followed by small successes, and followed by additional heartache.

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Wed, 04-10-2013 - 7:09pm

1. If you could choose one dream job, what would it be? -- Chef.    or broadway actress.

2. Amanda Bynes, crazy? -- don't know enough about her to have an opinion.

"I don’t mind a banshee, that’s fine. 2 banshees? I HATE you. I actually wish bad things upon you." -- Day[9] Daily #459 P1

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Wed, 04-10-2013 - 7:16pm

jamblessedthree wrote:
Of course.  But nobody on this board are as rich as they are anyway, Maybe we're not supposed to understand the breaks they're entitled that commoners are not. </p>

Why should they be entitled to anything that "commoners" are not?

"I don’t mind a banshee, that’s fine. 2 banshees? I HATE you. I actually wish bad things upon you." -- Day[9] Daily #459 P1

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Wed, 04-10-2013 - 7:17pm

I would suggest the eat some nice tasty cake.  Laughing

“Clearly," said Arthur,"you're an idiot- but you're our kind of idiot. Come on.” 
― Markus ZusakThe Book Thief

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Wed, 04-10-2013 - 7:17pm

jamblessedthree wrote:
<p>I don't know if addicts "never really get help" is true. What I've heard is that recovery is not a destination but a journey, RecoverING is a life long process that entails all those things you mention. But go ahead and feed me the speech that there isn't enough help out there for addicts or others with pressing mental issues. </p>

There *isn't* enough help.  Particularly on the mental health side.  

"I don’t mind a banshee, that’s fine. 2 banshees? I HATE you. I actually wish bad things upon you." -- Day[9] Daily #459 P1

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