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A modern example of this stunning knowledge of nature that Einstein has gifted us, comes from 2016, when gravitational waves were discovered by a specially designed observatory tuned for just this purpose.† These waves, predicted by ...more
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Beautiful Boy by David Sheff
I learned another lesson, a soul-shaking one: our children live or die with or without us. No matter what we do, no matter how we agonize or obsess, we cannot choose for our children whether they live or die. It is a devastating realization, but also liberating. I finally chose life for myself. I chose the perilous but essential path that allows me to accept that Nic will decide for himself how—and whether—he will live his life.
Many people have written messages on facebook and twitter and said that this was a revelation for them. Like me, they’d tried everything, often for years, to help their child (or husband or wife, partner, parent, brother or sister, friend, etc) and nothing had worked. In the meantime, they were in constant hell. They related when I wrote that I’d become addicted to my son’s addiction. Yes, it was in a way liberating when I realized that I couldn’t choose for him whether he lived or died, but that’s not all I felt. To accept powerlessness can be a relief, but it’s scary as hell. I don’t think ...more
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I tried everything I could to prevent my son’s fall into meth addiction. It would have been no easier to have seen him strung out on heroin or cocaine, but as every parent of a meth addict comes to learn, this drug has a unique, horrific quality.
When I watched the Beautiful Boy movie, I was reminded of parts of Beautiful Boy in which I describe crystal meth as the worst drug of them all. Now I look at the drug-use and addiction crisis in America and realize there isn’t a “worst drug.” Meth is definitely one of the most neurotoxic, but if the worst drug is the one that kills the most people, currently the title goes to the opioids that are killing more people under 50 years old than ANYTHING ELSE. These pain pills like OxyContin and Vicodin and street drugs like heroin and fentanyl (and combinations) killed 72,000 people in 2017. ...more
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“Addicts may have many complaints, including major and minor grievances from years past. Some of their accusations may, in fact, have truth in them. Families may well have caused pain for the addicts. They may well have failed the addicts in some significant way. (After all, what human relationship is perfect?) But addicts bring up these problems not to clear the air or with the hope of healing old wounds. They bring them up solely to induce guilt, a tool with which they manipulate others in pursuit of their continued addiction.”
As is evident throughout Beautiful Boy, I didn’t need anyone else to blame me when Nic became addicted. When Nic lashed out, which he often did (as do many people who become addicted), it cut deeply, the stinging pain of salt poured into an open wound. It hurt so badly because he was attacking me for things I felt culpable for–the mistakes I’d made raising him. It helped when I finally understood that the attacks weren’t really about me. The addicted blame – often, their parents -- because otherwise they’d have to blame themselves.It’s an insidious trap – our children blame us and we’re ready ...more
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