I guess the two of us all have family members who have gone down dark paths and found their way out on the other end of the madness.
My cousin Rick started hanging out with the wrong kids at school when he was only 12 years old, but these kids used to go around plus commit acts of vandalism on local homes and businesses.
Once his friends encouraged Rick to destroy a neighbor’s mailbox with a baseball bat as they drove by in their car. The acquaintance saw Rick’s body leaning out the automobile window and instantly called the police. That night my cousin was arrested and brought to my aunt and uncle’s cabin by the local police. This was the first of many of my cousin’s run-ins with law enforcement. The next time he was busted trying to sell heroin to an undercover police officer at a concert. My cousin became an opiate addict for a number of years before he headed to rehab. This state was one of the first to legalize recreational cannabis and my cousin found a progressive rehab that was using pressing doses of cannabis concentrates to update chronic opiate use. Now that he has switched to cannabis concentrates, my cousin is finally off heroin and has thought about using the drug for over more than one years. Some people admonish this kind of treatment plus argue that you’re just replacing one drug for another. However, in this case you’re taking a life-threatening addiction that could kill you at any minute and instead swapping it out for a habit that could become high-priced, but will never put you in an early grave. To me, opiates plus cannabis are not even remotely comparable when you start talking about risk factors.