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  •  3 times in my life, I lived on Vicodin for (5+ / 0-)

    3 months at a time due to ruptured disks in my lower spine.

    But for those 3 months, I mostly slept, ate and used the john. The pain was intense. After each surgery, I consumed maybe 3 doses while the incision was healing, but then let it age out. (I can do a toilet dump because I'm rural and not hitched up to sewer or municipal water. I have a well and septic.)
    I still have half a bottle of vicodin from last fall when I had a bulging disk pinching a nerve in a facet in my neck. I'm lucky that I've never done anything drug-wise, prescribed or not, that I couldn't just walk away from. Though there were a few things, like coke, that I liked too much to allow myself to do again.  

    I don't have addictive tendencies. I'm lucky. I smoked pot rather regularly from age 19 until my 1st child was born when I was 29. A decade of pretty regular (ab)use. After I quit officially, for quite a while my friends gave weed to me as in, "I bought something better, so you can have this." or they misunderstood my quitting as a financial symptom and gave it to me for all the times I'd kept them floating over the years.

    My point? I survived just fine. I do have friends who have smoked pot regularly since the 60s. And they are weird at times- unnecessarily paranoid, and a couple have some issues with short-term memory.
    All things in moderation.

    I'll tell you this, I'd rather negotiate driving on the expressway with the occasional stoned driver than the occasional drunk driver. I have had some hairy close calls with people d.w.i.. I lost a cousin in the 70s to a drunk driver in Denver.
    I don't believe I've ever been threatened by someone driving while a little too happy. (DWALTH)

    Back in the day, I'd miss an exit or two, but who cares? The journey's the thing.

    Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

    by Gentle Giant on Fri Jan 17, 2014 at 09:23:58 AM PST

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