“I’m able to participate in my life in ways I didn’t think we’re possible. Sure, not every day is sunshine and roses. Life still happens, but I now have the tools and the support to handle it with dignity.”
“I overdosed four times in six years, and the same guy saved my life twice…he yanked me from under a toilet door with a spike in my arm. If that door had been the length of the average toilet door, I wouldn’t be telling you this now.”
Public opinion favors marijuana legalization—and the President didn’t say anything we haven’t heard before. Still, Obama missed a critical opportunity to rise above the hype.
“My advice for kids who might be struggling with substance abuse is to get help. Don’t worry about being judged for it, because the good people won’t judge you. Life goes on, and when you’re sober you can make your dreams a reality.”
Phoenix House founder, Mitchell S. Rosenthal, M.D., continues to be a prominent voice in the marijuana legalization debate.