Marijuana Is Not Safe!
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Marijuana seemed exciting and fun at first, but once I got into it more heavily, it did a great deal of damage in my life. Marijuana is a gateway drug to harder drugs without a doubt. ~ Bill Greguska
Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
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Marijuana and beer (drugs and drinking problem) at first was exciting and totally captured my attention, but after a short while, I could see that I was not only doing something I knew was wrong, but I had to start lying to others like my parents, to cover my tracks and the integrity that I did had begun to leave me. The devil was getting the better of me and thing seemed to snowball over time for the worst!
Matthew 26:41 Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.
Is the cost of being considered one of the guys worth it? I partied like I played basketball—with all my heart. I tried to outdo others. Seeking recognition and attention are unyielding motivators in my life.
With the natural personality that I had and when I added drinking and drugs to it, I was creating a monster that was getting more and more out of control. There were many times that I would drink as much as I could to be one of the guys and belong (belong to what, and for what reason, I do not know?).
Sin Is Pleasurable But Only For A Very Short Season
We all need to be wise to what we allow our eyes to watch and what our ears should hear. Since sin is pleasurable, Satan tempts us with things that our flesh is weak to. That can be in the form of music, movies, alcohol, food, or whatever is your weakness. Yes, I do distinctly remember the euphoric feelings I experienced with marijuana, yet I also distinctly remember all the damage it did in my life as well as hundreds of thousands of others who got hooked on pot.
Proverbs 21:17 He who loves pleasure will become poor; whoever loves wine and oil will never be rich.
Why do people make extreme choices about their life, looks, and other personal options? My first hospital for treatment was when I was 16 years old. The stay was nine months in length with little positive results because I was determined to hold on to that my lifestyle of partying, and I was getting bolder and bolder with my behaviors.
After I got my arms and parts of my body tattooed and shaved my head into a Mohawk hairstyle, which I dyed red, and shaved my eyebrows off for an extra effect. I was losing track of reality, and the so-called safe drug of marijuana created a monster out of control.
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Smoking Pot / Pierced Ear
I pierced my left earlobe to make the statement that I was a pot-smoking, hippie freak—and proud of it. I used to wear worn blue jeans and T-shirts always trying to seek negative attention because negative attention was better than no attention at all.
There was no fear of the Lord in me during this era of my life. My drinking problem has blown up to a full-fledged life problem, which started with small wrong choices that lead to more significant issues and almost an early death.
People that make radical choices in their life are not necessarily “bad” people, instead, they most likely if they are anything like me they are people with low self-esteem or have a strong desire for attention, or possibly do not care what others think and love to be different.
My basketball testimony went from one extreme to another, but thankfully the Lord kept me near to him, and in time, my life was redeemed from the locusts that eat it away. I praise God for his love and faithfulness in my life!
Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.
What is the result when a person’s ego and pride get the best of them? I used to take my boom box and put it on full blast while walking to McCarthy Park. As I walked closer to “Freak Hill” and “Hippy Mountain” everyone knew I was coming by the sound of the wild, hypnotic music that was blaring out loud and clear.
Old Party Friends
My party friends used to smoke pot with me many times for free much of the time, but other times we pitched in and bought a dime bags or ounce worth of marijuana, that would last a little while.
We managed to stay high almost all the time somehow or another. We regularly used to buy beer and wine. I was over 6′ tall and looked old enough to purchase alcohol. I drank to get drunk, and I smoked to get stoned.
What I thought was so cool, and I was proud of my lifestyle. As my ego soared, I became more and more the center of my world, only later on to discover I was on a dead end trail leading me only to trouble. I learned the hard way that marijuana is not safe!
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Drinking To Get Drunk, And I Had A Drinking Problem!
I never drank for the taste or refreshment of the alcohol: I drank to get drunk. I had a drinking problem, and I recall on my 16th birthday my dad driving us to an Aerosmith rock concert downtown with three of my friends, Kevin, Ron, Patrick. Since we were underage but all at least 6’ tall and wearing suit coats. We got served, and we got more than enough to drink. By the time we got to the concert to hear Aerosmith, we were not too sure what was going on.
Getting drunk was not the first time, but it was my birthday. I looked forward to hearing Aerosmith for a couple of months. We finally got to the concert. After the pre-band was finished, I thought Aerosmith was done performing. We all got up and left, never hearing them play. Times like this were not a regular habit. It was just a warm-up for some terrible times that were to come in the future.
I look back now and can see how much I lost out of because of my drinking problem! I might have had some so-called fun, but looking back it was not worth it to me at all to get involved with drugs and alcohol like I did. Kids nowadays cannot see past the present to understand what they are potentially heading into when they choose to become one of the guys.
Proverbs 23:31 Do not gaze at wine when it is red when it sparkles in the cup when it goes down smoothly. In the end, it bites like a snake and poisons like a viper!
How important is it to guard our eyes to what we watch and our ears to what we hear? I liked the taste and feeling I used to get from marijuana, I could smoke it all day if I had the chance, and many days I did just that.
My Future Started To Look Very Grim
I thought I would be smoking marijuana and drinking beer and wine until the day I died, and I wanted to look the part of a party animal that I was trying to play out in my life. For some unknown reason, I thought that it was so-called cool to be stoned and drunk, looking back now, I know it was a lie from the pit of hell.
It is foolishness to me when I hear people say that marijuana is safe, I learned on my own that pot is not safe not only for me but many others who I used with who either wrecked their lives or died because of marijuana usage which became a gateway drug to harder drugs.
Music And Marijuana!
I loved to listen to all kinds of music, including Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Supertramp, Frank Zappa, and Jethro Tull. The feeling I got was excellent and helped me to escape from the reality of the world temporarily. I had the words to the music memorized and loved to listen to them over and over, the louder it was, the more I liked it.
Tattoos And Feeling Good?
I was into myself and trying to find ways to make myself feel good—I thought it would make me happy. So far that I even went to get a marijuana leaf tattoo (and twenty other tattoos) on my left arm to be radically different and gain attention. I was young and foolish, and I did not want to be told that I could not do what I wanted.
Thank God my boss when I worked at Faith Indeed, offered to have my tattoos removed for free. I priced them before that time, and I found out they cost $300 per operation, and it turned out that I had 13 surgeries. My boss Bill Barry was very good to me and very generous to me, it was a blessing from God!
I just wanted to fit in and be accepted, and marijuana and alcohol were the common denominators that were my so-called “ticket in.” Looking back at the foolishness I put myself and family through, sure was a waste of time and life.
I Got Kicked Out Of High School Three Times!
It seemed like there was no way out. My life was adrift for many challenging and testing years. Although it was just the natural consequences of the life that I chose to live unfortunately at that time in my life. My bad choices let me to being expelled three different times, arrested, kicked out of the house, lost a lot of friendships, lost a lot of respect of others and loss of self-respect too, to name a few things.
Jeremiah 44:10 To this day they have not humbled themselves or shown reverence, nor have they followed my law and the decrees I set before you and your fathers.
Is going into treatment the only way to quit using drugs and alcohol? My drinking problem and drug problem was destroying my life! That was when the Lord took me away from Milwaukee and all the places where I hung out and smoked and drank and acted a fool.
I was put in long-term treatment in the Gemini program. By the time I got out two years later, I was a new man. This treatment center worked; the other treatment centers lasted 30 days or so and were like a revolving door for me. As soon as I was let out, I went right back to it in the past, but not, this time, thank God!
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Short-Term Treatment Was Not The Answer For Me
Treatment was helpful, but short-term treatment and getting right back into the same patterns of life and people I used to party with was very anti-productive! It was not until I went into long-term treatment that lasted two years a couple of hundred miles from home.
It was not until then did the treatment center have a significant impact on me. Again short-term treatment was like a bandage, but long-term treatment was what I needed. I am not saying a person needs two years away in treatment, but I would say at least six months depending on the severity of the addiction and the person.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
Is hitting bottom the only way to recover from the results of an addiction? I knew I needed a change of heart and hitting bottom was a way to do it, I not only hit bottom, but I was living on the lower part for a long time, with nowhere to go.
Over time, I became more humble and was ready to do it the way God wanted me to. I was so exhausted from wallowing in the mud, and I was prepared to grow up and get the help that I needed. The phrase “A dog returns to its vomit,” reminds me of the first months of my recovery.
Thank God, My Recovery Started On June 25, 1986!
I could make it 30 days in a row clean and sober. At 60 days and got my medallion from N.A. but then return to my old friends and hangouts. It seemed always to lead me down the wrong road.
Things did not start to change until I went into long-term drug and alcohol treatment. I was up north for two years that I finally could stay away from my addictions for good. The road to my recovery started on June 25, 1986, and by God’s grace, I still am sober for over 30 years now.
In my case, that hitting bottom was the only way I seem to understand the severity of what I was doing. Yes, some people do not have to hit bottom, but I would question how deep they were into their addiction to be able to walk away without hitting bottom? With God, all things are possible!
2 Peter 2:22 “A dog returns to its vomit,” and, “A sow that is washed goes back to her wallowing in the mud.”
Does it matter where you get help for your addictions? I attended both Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings, and I was in Narcotics Anonymous for a total of ten-year. But I believe it helped me a lot. I felt I needed more since my drinking problem and drug problem was pretty much in remission.
I choose Elmbrook church to be my source of help to point me to Jesus. N.A. helped with support and fellowship, but they did not deal with the issue of God and the sin that had me entangled and the spiritual battles I was being tied up with.
God sobered me up and cleaned out my heart, not necessarily because of therapy and psychiatry but through his power.
AA Was Where I Started My Recovery
I went to AA for only a few years because most of the people were older than me and I could not relate to them as well as those from N.A. I give God credit for orchestrating my life by putting people like Pastor Mel Ulich as a tool to get me on the right path. My drinking problem and drug problem took over my life. So I turned to both AA and NA, and they started me on the way of sobriety and being drug-free.
I loved to drink and smoke marijuana and experiment with other drugs, but as much as I thought I liked the effects, I hated being a prisoner to them. They made me lie, and they made me steal, they made me a person I did not like when all was said and done at the end of the day if I was, to be honest with myself. I thank God that He delivered me from my drinking problem and my drug problem and my sin problem.
Yes, I Have A Guardian Angel!
He was like a guardian angel because of his persistence in visiting me and feeding the word of God to me. He always encouraged me that God had a plan for me and that God loved me and wanted me to have a personal spiritual relationship with me, my ears were open, and I was finally hearing and understanding what I needed.
God was always with me, yet I was not always with God. It was me and the sin living in me that caused me to rebel, yet God took me back as the father did with the prodigal son.
Praise God; I Finally Saw The Light!
It was like an aha moment or like a light bulb went off in my head and heart and soul. There is no right or wrong answer, but the thing to keep in mind that those who have been down the road before having some insights that others might not have. I was sick and tired of being sick and tired, so I did what I felt was natural and call out to God to help me!
Marijuana Is Addictive, Hard To Quit, But You Can Quit!
I Needed Help Badly, Thank God That I Got It!
If you get help from N.A. or A.A. or a counselor or Bible study, it does not matter that much, just as long as you get help. Marijuana sure did a great deal of harm to me, not to mention problems with the law and school. Alone we are usually not strong enough to overcome such a stronghold, but with help from God and others, there is hope!
N.A. and A.A. got me started, but it took Elmbrook church to help keep me not only away from drugs and alcohol, but to point me to Jesus Christ.
Isaiah 35:5 Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped.
How does having a child change the way a person looks at life? I was very blessed with a daughter named Sherry. Unfortunately, her mother broke off our relationship while she was a few months early during her pregnancy.
It was very hard for me knowing I had a daughter, I did get to see her when she was born once, but that was it until Sherry was in 8th grade. Her mother Debbie called me one Saturday afternoon. I was married and when Debbie told me that my daughter wanted to see me because she had occurring dreams about me, and she felt it would be good to be in my life.
Met My Daughter Sherry For The First Time Since Her Birth
We met for the first time at Mayfair mall, and I could not believe she wanted to be a part of my life. I knew I had a child, but her mother left and raised her herself until my daughter was in 8th grade. When Sherry became a part of my life, it was a prayer come true that I thought would never be answered.
Having Sherry and I together was and still is a beautiful thing! My little girl is now 33 years old and is married and has a 10-year-old son named Justice. I am so glad that we are together and that in time God answered my prayers!
Psalm 127:3-5 Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth.
How important is it to trust and obey God in how we live life? When I got out of treatment at Gemini and went back to Milwaukee, I was a little scared. I got a job in maintenance and custodial at a church in Brookfield called Elmbrook Church, I held that job for four years and got involved with the church through men’s group and singles groups.
Drinking and smoking were far from my mind—one of the many miracles of my life. It’s like the force of good (God) fought the power of evil (Satan).
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