Monday, March 17, 2014

Wham! Pot Be Gone!

Chris Newcomb, M.Div.

"Wake me up before you go go," crooned a younger George Michael during the heyday of his power pop duo called Wham!.  Apparently, after all these years, it appears Michael is doing just that: waking up from the haze of a decades old habit for smoking pot on a daily basis.  In fact, sometimes Mr. Michael would smoke up to 25 joints a day!  Not anymore.  He's turning over a new leaf.  

Michael addressed the press yesterday stating that he had not smoked pot in over 18 months and feels all the better for it.  He has lost over 15lbs and is back to his old "fighting weight" when he was an international heartthrob musical phenomenon back in the 1980's.

It's interesting to note that a star of his calibur would come clean about quitting a habit that for many is seen as gross and juvenile.  With all the talk of marijuana being made legal in the U.S., it is surprising to hear of a former avid pot smoker announcing that he is finished with the drug.  Could it be that pot really isn't all that it is cracked up to be?  Michael seems to think so.

As someone who deals with addiction recovery 5 days a week, I often hear addicts extol the virtues of smoking pot saying:  "It's natural."  "It doesn't hurt you and is harmless."  "Everyone is doing it."  "Stop being a square*(read:loser)."  Yet, whenever a patient decides to stop smoking pot, they always tell me that it was the best decision they could make for their health and happiness.  Furthermore, I have had countless opiate addicts confirm for me that it is indeed a 'gateway' drug.

Admittedly, I never thought I would see the day come when George Michael would not only give up pot but would be 18 months clean when he made the announcement.  For a man who has sold 100 million records over three decades, this is great news.  It means, perhaps, he has put his criminal behavior behind him.  You may remember, Mr. Michael was twice convicted of driving under the influence of pot. Hopefully, he can have a brand new start and see that the sober life is truly the best life now that he has gotten the monkey off his back. 

At The Coleman Institute, we are here for you!  If you or someone you love is in need of detox off of alcohol, opiates, benzos, Methadone, or Suboxone, please do not hesitate to contact Jennifer Pius or Amy Stewart at 1.877.773.3869.  We are here to help you get clean and stay clean. 

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