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Parent Abuse!  What was that, you think I meant to say Child Abuse!  No, you are wrong.  You don't believe parents can be abused by their children.  You are in for a shock. It is a story about parent abuse told in the form of a poem.  ~  It is a true
story ~ it is fact ~  it is not fiction.  It really did happen!

My name is Bob
I am but 50,
My eyes are swollen
I cannot see,

I must be stupid,
I must be bad,
What else could have made
My 17 year old son so mad?

I wish I were better,
I wish I weren't ugly,
Then maybe my son
Would still want to hug me.

I can't speak at all,
I can't do a wrong
or else I'm locked up

All the day long, unless I promise to give him and his punk friend $10.00 for beer then I can leave the house.

When I awake I'm all alone, thank God

The house is bright and the sun is shining in.

My son isn't home so I know for a few hours or maybe 2 or 3 day's, if I'm lucky I might be ok if he stays at his friends house. 

When my son comes from school
I'll try and be nice,
So maybe I'll get just get one
slap across the face tonight.

Don't make a sound!
I just heard a car
My son is back
From Charlie's Bar.

I heard him curse
My name he calls, hey Punk, hey Bitch
I press myself
Against the wall.

I try and hide
From his evil eyes
I'm so afraid now
I'm starting to cry.

He finds me weeping
He shouts ugly words,
He says its my fault
That he suffers at school.

He slaps me and hits me
And yells at me more,
I finally get free
And I run for the door.
He's already locked it
and I start to bawl,
He takes me and throws me
Against the hard wall.

I fall to the floor
With my bones nearly broken,
And my Son continues
With more bad words spoken.

"I'm sorry!" I scream
But its now much too late
His face has been twisted
Into unimaginable hate and he puts a knife up to my throat and tells me, and says don't ever think I won't because I will old man .  One day he tried to hack off my arm with a Machete and then there was a few times he put a shot gun up to my head.

The hurt and the pain
Again and again
Oh please God, have mercy!
Oh please let it end!

And he finally stops
And heads foe the door,
While I 
lay there motionless
Sprawled on the floor after he beat again.

My name is Bob

And I am but 50 yr old. 

This Friday night I finally stood up to my son to protect myself.  When he started to beat on me again I hit him back for the first time in my life.  I hit him several times in the face and told him this was the last time he was going to abuse me and if he didn't like it he could get all of his things and leave the house.

Little did I know as I was telling him this he called the police. 

Now I'm in Prison for for one year for Child Abuse and when I get out I have to go to Anger Management Classes every Wednesday night for one year.

There are thousands of parents out there just like Bob.  And you can help!

It sickens me to my soul, and if you have just read this and don't pass it on, I pray for your forgiveness, because you would have to be one heartless person to not be affected by what you read. If you are affected, do something about it! All that I am asking you to do is take time to send this to another person and acknowledge that this does happen, and that children like my son do live in society, and do pray for Parent Abuse to wither out and die,ut also pray for the safety of our Golden Years  to live and die in peace because by law we no longer have any protection against  children like this.

So we are victimized from both directions because it is much more important for the Bureaucrats and (subcontracted) Anger Management classes to get their $50 dollars a week from a broken parent. Instead of them doing something about this terrible epidemic of Parent Abuse they would rather look the other way because to them money is more important than justice.

We hope you did learn from " What's Happening?"  The first time I read the above I burst into tears. It's hard for me to believe  our children could behave  in such a manner.  It is a true story and I felt you should be made aware of what is happen- around us.  If you are parents, maybe it's time to take a look at your children..
Let's all do what we can by making others aware.

Methadone_Girl Reporting  

Our esteemed ONDCP Director is hitting the public circuit today with news and
information that using dangerous drugs causes severe mental handicaps later in life.  However, when asked to explain why George W. Bush, having habitually abused  marijuana,cocaine, and alcohol continues to be the mental giant he is,
Walters claims that Mr. Bush used a type of weed and coke of an earlier year 
which posed no serious threats to ones stability.


But to counter the question that Mr. Bush, being a mortal just like everyone else, could not possibly escape the brain damage and deterioration Walters claims the rest of humankind is susceptible by dangerous drug use.

Walters claims that Mr. Bush used illegal drugs at a much older age, 35,... there-
by escaping the damaging effects of repeated marijuana and cocaine use his scientific data confirms people under thirty-five years old (will) suffer from.

When asked if other adults who use illegal drugs can also, like Mr. Bush, be
worry - free
 of dangerous side -    effects and diminished mental capacity, Mr.  Walters replied, "No." ... because George Bush was personally selected by The
One True God to be our world's savior, only George W. Bush, alone, has been
rendered immune to all of the psychological and neurological dangers we mere
mortals succumb to from illegal drug use.

Our thanks go out to Director Walters for relieving our minds of any worry that the war in Iraq, social problems, economic misery, needless deaths, and the hopelessness caused since Mr. Bush was (s) elected are solely the fault of other drug users whose diminished mental capacity have caused them to disagree
with God's appointed, George Bush."


The question above was asked of our members in "Everything Coming Up Methadone!"
I chose the best answer out of all of them to publish.  - - - I can say this guy has got it all together and explained it in a way we could all understand.    Methadone_Girl® 

Congratulations, kwolf150!!!

I strongly believe that addiction, and particularly opiate addiction, IS a disease
of the brain chemistry.  I believe that many addicts are born with a deficiency in endorphin production. Endorphins (a combination of the words "endogenous" and "morphine") are a naturally occurring chemical that helps everyone feel normal levels of happiness and contentment, and controls pain. 

When these levels are not what they should be, we feel depressed, lethargic, irritable, and achy.  We may live with this for many years, noticing that life seems easier and better for those around us, and trying to fake feeling happy and normal ourselves but never quite accomplishing it. Then, one day, we take an opioid painkiller for some reason, and instead of feeling drowsy and slightly nauseated
(the normal reaction) we feel energetic, happy, interested in others and in wit, "normal," for the first time ever! 

Well, then we get carried away and end up trying to get more and more of these miracle drugs, and because of the short acting nature of most opiates, we are
pushed into a vicious cycle of relief and  need every few hours, to the point where we can think of nothing else. The normal life we envisioned is not happening, because all our time is spent in trying to obtain and  manage this drug.

Many doctors have written about this "atypical depression" that responds ONLY to opiates, in such books as "Denial of the Soul" by M. Scott Peck, MD and "Listening to Prozac" by Peter Kramer, MDThis depression does not respond to standard antidepressants because they work on serotonin and dopamine, not endorphins. 

At any rate, no physician in this country can write opioids for depression, so, many of these folks find their way to methadone clinics, after a few attempts at "spin dry" rehabilitation centers.  They realize that the only way they are EVER going to feel anything close to normal is with an endogenous opioid on board, and methadone most closely meets the need for this, without causing MORE
problems, because of it's long half life and the lack of a euphoric "high"
associated with it.

There, they may find other addicts, who maybe had normally functioning endorphin systems, but got into opiate abuse for other reasons, and after years of abusing short acting opioids, they find that their normal endorphin systems do not return to functioning, no matter HOW long they are abstinent. They too need exogenous opioid supplementation to feel normal.  This is very similar to how diabetics need insulin because their pancreas does not produce it in normal levels.    

I just read an article in a Scottish newspaper talking about how methadone "helps only 4%" of patients because that is how many are off all drugs, including metha-done, in 3 years!!! 

Methadone is a MAINTENANCE medication. This does not mean it is maintaining your addiction--it means it is maintaining your brain chemistry at a normal level, and if you go off it--just like with any other medication for a chronic medical condition--chances are, the active disease will return.   Hope that makes some sense?

Reference:  "Everything Coming up Methadone"    Written: rwolf150 (Zenith) CMA
                                                                           A.R.M. Texas

I would like to take the time to congratulate  kwolf150.  - -  It is the name He writes by in
"Everything Coming Up Methadone."  - - I personally don't believe it could have been explained any better, by anyone.  I am very
proud to know he is a member of Patients
Forum. Our Moderators ask questions giving everyone a chance to answer, and maybe if you haven't been able to understand it, then if everyone has a chance , then surely you may grasp the idea from one of the many answers given. It is possible to learn from each other.  Join us?  It's the Best

Opioid dependence and addiction are most appropriately understood as a chronic
medical disorders, like hypertension, schizophrenia, and diabetes.  As with those other diseases, a cure for drug addiction is unlikely,and frequent recurrences can
be expected.  but long-term treatment can limit the diseases's adverse effects and
improve the patient's day-to-day functioning.

The mesolimbic reward system appears to be central to the development of the direct clinical consequences of chronic opioid abuse, including tolerance, de-
pendence, and addiction.  Other brain areas and neurochemicals, including cortisol, also are relevant to dependence  and relapse.

Pharmacological interventions for opioid addiction are highly effective; however, given the complex biological, psychological, and social aspects of the disease, they must be accompanied by appropriate psychosocial treatments. Clinician aware-ness of the neurobiological  of opioid dependence, and information - sharing with patients, can provide insight into patient behaviors and problems  and clarify the
rationale for treatment methods and goals.

Reference:  Science & Practice Perspectives   -       July 2003
                   The Neurobiology of Opioid Dependence: Implications For Treatment 

Yes, We, at Medical Assisted Treatment are trying our best to get the word out in any way we can; Addiction is a Disease just like others. It is nothing to be ashamed of .  We are finding out every day there are many who still have no knowledge it is a disease.  We still continue every chance we get to keep pounding the word into you until everyone hears and can understand clearly.  I would like to share an article written by a physician on the subject.  I thought he explained it very well.

This is very important information for patients and counselors to have.  Patients  
can understand their reaction in terms of,  

 "By taking this drug I stimulated my brain so much I've kind of extinguished it's ability to produce certain neurotransmitters, and once I stop taking the drug,
dysphoria will arise and that creates a cycle of addiction."

And the counselor can have more empathy for the client.  It's not that the clients are not trying to get better or that they are bad people, but they feel so bad after they stop using the drug that they have to go back.  There is also a neurobiologi-cal connection to impulsivity and personality disorders, so the whole thing fits

It may well be drunk driving laws.

Jacob Sullum has the scoop on a troubling recent ruling from the Michigan Supreme Court, which let stand a DUI conviction of a motorist who had traces of marijuana in his system leftover from smoking the drug days earlier. He obviously wasn't impaired -- the substance still in his system wasn't psychoactive. But Bush administration drug policy people would like to see the policy expanded across the country.

Interestingly enough, Michigan is one of just a handful of states in the country that doesn't permit roadside sobriety checkpoints. The irony is, it was a Michigan case -- 1990's Michigan v. Sitz -- that led the U.S. Supreme Court to determine (in an opinion written by Rehnquist) that though roadblocks are indeed a violation of the Fourth Amendment, they aren't enough of a violation to offset the "25,000 deaths" caused each year by drunk drivers (love those activist conservative judges and their balancing tests!).

That 25,000 figure was of course the usual
"alcohol-related" nonsense pushed by temperance types (the number of fatalities caused by actual drunk drivers is closer to 5,000).

But after that ruling, the case went back to the Michigan State Supreme Court, which then determined that roadblocks are still a violation of the state's consti-tution. So the state that paved the way to those annoying checkpoints doesn't actually allow them within its own borders.

So if the federal government gets its way, might we see the day when roadkblocks are used to test motorists for remnants of marijuana smoked days ago, as per the recent Michigan case? Should technology make such tests easily applicable, it's certainly possible (onsite blood urine tests would probably present some logistical problems).

In the 2000 case
Indianapolis v. Edmond, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that random roadblocks set up to search for illicit drugs were not constitutional. But the roadblocks in that case were set up to search for contraband, not to test drivers for drug-related impairment. I'd guess that if a state were to set up roadblocks to test motorists for drug-impaired driving, and if state officials argued that such measures were in the interest of public safety, the current Court has enough justices hostile to the Fourth Amendment to let it happen.

Even if Michigan's position that traces of non-psychoactive compounds from marijuana found in the system days later are evidence of driving under the influence were rejected, a state could probably get away with arguing that while  its roadblocks are intended to catch motorists currently impaired, motorists incidentally caught with traces marijuana in their systems from days or weeks prior are, naturally, still breaking the law, and so could legally be arrested and charged.

Today, for example, roadblocks set up for the purpose of catching seatbelt or registration sticker violations wouldn't be constitutional. But most roadblocks set up under the guise of catching drunk drivers have resulted in tickets for all sorts of unrelated minor infractions, with few if any actual drunk driving arrests. Courts don't invalidate those tickets. 

- - - - - So it's difficult to see why they'd invalidate a conviction for marijuana found in a driver's system days after ingestion, despite there being no scientific basis to argue impairment.

Reference:   The Agitator
Posted by:  Radley Balko on June 29, 2006 

Written/Published:  Deborah Shrira          Updated:  September 2007