DISCLAIMER: I'm writing this for the sole purpose of protecting myself from the ridiculousiron fist that is the FDA, the CDC, the FBI, the CIA, the pharmaceutical companies, andeveryone else who is out there to make a profit by keeping addicts addicted and withholdinghealing techniques and cures from the inflicted. So here it is – I do not in anyway claim that thesetechniques offer healing from addiction or are in any way a cure. You all know the truth though,right? Good – let's get started...
First I would like to offer a little about myself and my past. For several years I was addicted toheroin and cocaine. I was fired from several jobs due to my addiction and I suffered a loss of trust frommy family and my closest friends.I had landed a fairly successful job and had found a way to be a fairly successful and functionaladdict. However, one day I was confronted by two police officers at my place of work who had beencalled by my manager. Needless to say, there was a good amount of drama at my place of work.Without going into too much detail, let us just say that this was a power move and there were no earlierattempts at intervention.I was charged with possession of heroin and paraphernalia. In order to avoid a prison sentence, Iopted to enroll in the 3
District Court's Drug Court program in Salt Lake City, Utah. I spent close to 3years in Drug Court only to see their methods fail time and time again. I was awe struck.Allow me to back up just a bit here. When I pledged into Judge Randall Skanchy's Drug Court,I was told that Drug Court graduates had an extremely low recidivism rate. I felt pretty good about thisas that I had attempted several times previously to lose my addiction. I went through several out patientdrug rehabilitation programs to no avail. To hear that only 3% of Drug Court graduates actuallyreturned to Drug Court – I had become extremely excited about the prospect of the possibility.A quick word about Judge Skanchy. I came to love Judge Skanchy. He is a great Judge and agood man who sincerely cares for his clients and honestly does as much as he can for them. Since mygraduation, I have bumped into him on a few occasions. It felt great to tell him that I was still sober,and it felt great to see him smile sincerely and congratulate me. Judge Skanchy was forced to work within a system full of bias, ignorance, and detrimental flaws. Many of his associates and other DrugCourt employees have been deceived by the current paradigm surrounding drugs and addiction. Theignorance of his staff often tainted the decisions of the good heart of the Judge. He did, however, standup to these ridiculous people a great many times, and I fully commend him for that.Drug Court does not have a low recidivism rate. I constantly ran into friends who had graduatedDrug Court only to find track marks up and down their arms. There are two reasons why they had notended up back in Drug Court. The first reason is that a great many of them had adopted new methodsset in stone that would insure an addiction invisible to the eye of the law. Rules were set in place thatthey stick to no matter how bad it gets. The second reason is that those who did get caught were usuallynot qualified to return to Drug Court and were sent directly to prison.I was devastated. The glory that was Drug Court became a death sentence. I began researchingother options and reading about The War on Drugs and the flaws in our current system. Thinking I hadfound a better method than Drug Court – I ran from the law.