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    Quote Originally Posted by razz View Post
    Funny to read an atheist writing about relatives going to heaven.
    Addiction is a tragedy for everyone and so hard on families.
    I was thinking the same thing, along with where is this place, or is he embalmed in a bottle of Makers Mark?
    In some "magical" land, singing a Huey Lewis song. While there are physical factors in addiction, there still is a choice one makes when they choose or not to seek help. Some people don't want to be saved.

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    Wishing you peace with your loss, UL.

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    So many lost souls these days. I send my regrets.

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    Very true about this rampant addiction problem, pinkytoe. And I too lost a relative who was just entering middle-age but could not beat the alcohol demon. I helped with some of the practicalities of his life over the years - offering a spare room, selling him a car for cheap, but he could just not keep things together.
    I know your loss is sad but can be conflicting at the same time, UA. So many of us are watching relatives, neighbors, or old friends with this monkey on their back and know there is not much we can do about it.

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    long term maintenance programs (like suboxone) probably would prevent many deaths, although of course they are probably bad for *long* term health, and it's managed addiction not cure. Doesn't do any good here anyway of course though. Maybe losing his son was the final straw, it has to be hard.
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    Sorry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yppej View Post
    Have you gone to Nar Anon or Al Anon?
    I went to an Al Anon meeting or two when I was a little kid with my aunt. But this was back in the late 80s and early 90s. She has been back on the bottle for several years now. Why do you ask?
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    Quote Originally Posted by razz View Post
    Funny to read an atheist writing about relatives going to heaven.
    Addiction is a tragedy for everyone and so hard on families.
    I stole that line from Kurt Vonnegut. He delivered a eulogy at Isaac Asimov's funeral. He started out saying: "Isaac is up in heaven now." It got some sad people to giggle, apparently. So now I say it when someone I know dies. I find comfort in the sardonic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ToomuchStuff View Post
    I was thinking the same thing, along with where is this place, or is he embalmed in a bottle of Makers Mark?
    In some "magical" land, singing a Huey Lewis song. While there are physical factors in addiction, there still is a choice one makes when they choose or not to seek help. Some people don't want to be saved.
    1. Haha! "I want to drug!"
    2. Yeah, this guy was 64 and had been a junkie on-and-off all his life.
    I came from a real tough neighborhood. I put my hand in some cement and felt another hand." -- Rodney Dangerfield

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    I didn't know the Asimov reference. I'm glad to here it, I figured it was just bitter irony.

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