The following articles were authored by mikeblamedenial

No Matter Where You Go, There You Are

Earlier today, I was returning home the back way, a seldom-traveled, narrow, lightly-populated road. I came around a curve and saw a tractor mower laying on its top, with the top half of a person visible. I stopped and ran over, and discovered the person was conscious, but pinned beneath the tractor. I was able to lift it off him long enough for him to pull himself out. I checked him for injuries, and other than being banged up and out of breath from his struggle to free himself, he was not too much the worse for wear.

He told me he had been pinned for what he thought was ten or fifteen minutes, and had been screaming for his partner who was working on another part of the property. The partner was operating a weed blower, and thus was unable to hear the shouts for help. I drove over and got him, told him what had happened, and we both returned to the man who had been pinned. Three of us were barely able to lift the tractor, but we did manage to right it.

The pinned man was understandably grateful for my assistance, and was beside himself thanking me for finding and helping him. His partner, who I did not recognize, was also quick to offer his thanks. Shaking my hand, he then asked, “Hey, aren’t you Mike B. from the AA meetings? I only attended a few times, but I sure remember you.”

Martin Sheen Lobbies Senate For Drug Courts

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Martin Sheen Lobbies Senate for Drug Courts

WASHINGTON — Actor Martin Sheen pressed senators to expand federal funding for drug courts on Tuesday during testimony before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee. “Our nation’s greatest untapped resource is our addicted citizens,” Sheen said. “There is no better investment this Congress can make than in drug courts and veterans courts.”

Currently operating in all 50 states, drug courts offer drug offenders the chance to enter treatment programs as an alternative to prison sentences. Veterans courts utilize the same model, coordinating with VA medical centers and community resources to get veterans additional help. The first veterans court was called to order in 2008.

Sheen described how he had helped to found one of the earliest drug court systems, called Options, in Berkeley, Calif., in 1996. Today, he said, drug courts handle approximately 120,000 cases a year.

Sheen was joined at the hearing by “Friends” star Matthew Perry, Phish frontman Trey Anastasio and actor Harry Lennix, who all sat directly behind him in the committee room. Continue reading Martin Sheen Lobbies Senate For Drug Courts

Mandatory Drug Testing Does Little To Curb Teen Drug Use

Conducting drug tests in high schools appears to have only a small effect in reducing substance use, a new study suggests. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania found the tests had no influence on male students, and only a slight impact on females—but only in some schools.
The Los Angeles Times reports the nationwide study of 943 students found 27 percent said their schools had a drug testing policy. For girls, drug testing only had an effect if they attended schools that had a positive school climate, where the students and adults respect one another and the rules of the school are clear and enforced fairly.
“This study sends a cautionary note to the estimated 20 percent or more of high schools that have joined the drug testing bandwagon,” study co-author Dan Romer said in a news release. “We find little evidence that this approach to minimizing teen drug use is having the deterrent effect its proponents claim.”
The article notes the Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools encourages drug testing in schools. The study appears in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence.

Read the article.

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The Recovery Lobby

Faces and Voices of Recovery: Rally for Recovery!
By Pat Taylor | July 12, 2011

When advocates from across the country came together in 2001 to found Faces & Voices of Recovery, a call to action stated, “for too long, a great majority of the community – those in recovery, their families and allies – have been silent about their experiences and successes.” An organized recovery community was absent from the public policy debate. Society and lawmakers weren’t aware of the more than 20 million Americans in long-term recovery.

By our silence we let others define us. The growing grassroots involvement of identifiable and mobilized networks of recovery communities and allied organizations fosters collaboration, advocacy and public education about the reality of addiction recovery. Each September, as part of National Recovery Month, Faces & Voices works with local community organizations and our national planning partners to host Rally for Recovery! events that combine the celebration and honor of recovery with advocacy and education. Last year, events in Japan and England, showed signs of a growing international recovery movement.

Philadelphia’s Mayor Michael Nutter, New York’s former Governor David Patterson, Congressmen Eric Cantor (R-VA) and David Cicilline (D-RI) are just a few of the many elected and appointed officials who are aligning themselves with a mobilized recovery community that votes and has a public policy agenda. They are recognizing the growth and development of a new constituency of consequence that uses organizing tools like rallies and walks to register voters and educate candidates for public office. As Americans develop a sound appreciation of recovery, there is understanding that it’s a process that takes time and support. Laws and policies can be effectively changed to reduce discrimination and lower barriers to aid and services.

Philadelphia’s Recovery Walks! is this year’s National “hub” event for walks, rallies, picnics, workshops and other activities around the country. Pennsylvania Recovery Organization – Achieving Community Together (PRO-ACT), the event sponsor, has charted a course that will take participants past the Liberty Bell, symbolizing freedom from addiction for individuals and families across the nation. Many of the walkers will be part of the “Honor Guard,” signifying over ten years of recovery, offering hope to those still struggling or newly in recovery.

Visitors to Faces & Voices Rally for Recovery! online can document and tally their years of recovery to illustrate it is possible. Rally for Recovery! is one part of realizing our vision that individuals, families and communities affected by alcohol and other drugs have universal access to the support needed to achieve recovery, health, wellness and civic engagement.

Pat Taylor
Executive Director
Faces & Voices of Recovery

Obama Administration’s Position On Medical Marijuana

Obama administration slams medical marijuana
By Liz Goodwin | The Lookout –

Medical marijuana in Denver (Ed Andrieski/AP)
The Obama administration’s newly released drug control strategy slams states that have legalized medical marijuana, arguing that smoking any drug is unsafe–and that marijuana’s medical benefits have yet to be evaluated by the FDA.
“While there may be medical value for some of the individual components of the cannabis plant, the fact remains that smoking marijuana is an inefficient and harmful method for delivering the constituent elements that have or may have medicinal value,” the White House’s National Drug Control Strategy for 2011 says.
The strongly anti-marijuana report comes on the heels of the Justice Department’s decision against reclassifying marijuana as a less dangerous drug. As The Los Angeles Times reports, the government took nine years to respond to marijuana advocates’ request that they take into account studies that show marijuana has medical benefits and reclassify the drug. At the end of its review, the Justice Department held firm to its earlier decision that marijuana should be classified alongside other dangerous drugs such as heroin. The Americans for Safe Access group is now appealing the decision in federal court, the paper says.
It’s unclear what the consequences will be for people involved in the medical marijuana business in the 16 states (and Washington, D.C.) that currently allow it. The report states unequivocally that “outside the context of Federally approved research, the use and distribution of marijuana is prohibited in the United States,” and the Justice Department recently suggested in a memo that state-approved marijuana dispensaries and growers could face prosecution.
The report also made a detailed case against legalization or decriminalization of marijuana, an idea that has won the endorsement of a group of ex-global leaders who called the war on drugs a “failure.” The report says that while tobacco and alcohol are legalized and taxed, neither provide a “net economic benefit to society,” due to health-care expenses and various criminal justice costs, such as drunken driving arrests.
Neil Franklin, the director of a pro-legalization group of former police and other law-enforcement agents called Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, said in a statement that the anti-marijuana tone of the administration is disappointing.
“It’s sad that the drug czar decided to insert a multi-page rant against legalizing and regulating drugs into the National Drug Control Strategy instead of actually doing his job and shifting limited resources to combat the public health problem of drug abuse,” Franklin said.

If You Hate AA So Much, Why Don’t You Just Shut Up And Leave???

Fair question. Here is why we stick around.

Addiction and Disease On Youtube

Part two of the video BlAMe put up earlier. I’m liking it.

Debating the Debate-Our Latest Vid

Just finished up.

A Message From Blamethenile

Alcoholics Anonymous Is A Religion

This is the first video I ever wrote for Blamethenile, re-titled and once again available for public view after being down for a couple years. WarInBed, a 12-step adherent who posts on our channel inspired me to re-post it publicly. Thanks, buddy.