Student Dealing – College campuses and the drug supply

If you haven’t heard about the San Diego State drug-dealing arrests, check out the story.

Aside from the obvious impact on the San Diego community in general, and on the school in particular, I can’t help but draw parallels to my own story.

In the future, I’m going to try to follow up on this story and learn more about how these fraternity members became so heavily involved in drug-dealing.

If nothing else, this points to the intersection between drugs and crime, especially given the fact that 3 guns were seized in one of the fraternity houses.

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Speaking of parallels and my story, it looks like my book is going to be published by Newharbinger sometime in early 2010!!!

Things aren’t finalized yet, but it’s looking good, so keep your fingers crossed!

UCLA students speaking out about drug use… kind of.

A recent article in UCLA’s daily newspaper presented the stories of two current students who left behind a life of drug use and petty drug dealing to focus on more long-term priorities, namely school.

The students, who used pseudonyms for obvious reasons, show us once again that it is possible to turn around a lifestyle that many deem inescapable.

I think that one of the biggest obstacles to the advancement of drug addiction treatment in our society is the stigma associated with having taken part in drug use in the first place.

It’s difficult to get the stories of those who’ve made it out while they’re hiding in the shadows.

In the meantime, what we get instead is the story of those who fail in the most spectacular fashion. They don’t care enough about the stigma to shy away from revealing their story and truthfully, no one gives them a choice.

I hope this story reminds people that having a past does not doom one to eternal suffering in oblivion.

There is hope…

Making a difference one post at a time… Helping drug users

Hi everyone,

I’ve been wanting to do something to help drug users for a long time now, so instead of just thinking about it, I’ve decided to go ahead and give this a try.

I’m a doctoral student at UCLA working on my PhD in psychology. I’ve been studying issues related to drug-addiction, sex-addiction, and gambling-addiction for the past 6 years and am continuing on my quest to discover what I call “The pathway to addiction.”

The thing is that on the way I have been, and still am, gaining an amazing amount of knowledge that I think can benefit not only those struggling with drug use and addiction themselves, but also the family members, friends, and loved ones of those being affected by this disease, condition, or whatever each of you feels comfortable calling addiction. As far as I’m concerned, this should all be about somehow actually helping drug users.

I’ve had my own experiences with drug use and addiction, and so I don’t expect my writings to be devoid of subjective input that I feel I can contribute given my experience.

My goal here is to get what we, as scientists, know about addiction to the general public.

I want to do this because I feel that knowledge is a key ingredient not only in curing and fighting conditions (be they medical, academic, psychological, or otherwise), but also in simply being able to handle and accept things as they are more completely.

We tend to be more scared of things when we feel like we don’t understand them.
I’m not going to lie to you on here and I’ll have no problem revealing personal history and experience by they related to my drug use or other aspects of my life.

I want this to be a forum for people to ask honest questions, get honest answers, and be able to look to when they feel like they’re at a loss and need someone who understands. Making a difference takes work. I hope it works…