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A young Air Force Reserve officer stood during a weekend, drug- abuse education program and addressed his concerns to those attending the session. "I want you to know about a decision we have made in our home. I had heard much about the serious drinking problems among our nation's young people but never considered the problem's impact on my family. Then one night as I sat at the dinner table with my family, I recalled a newspaper article on the issue and wondered whether one of my own was a potential alcoholic.

"I had been a social drinker for years. For me it was a normal routine. I began to examine myself, though. 'Suppose one of my sons was vulnerable to the alcohol problem, and just suppose he assumed it was safe to drink because of my example. If he developed a problem that eventually destroyed his life, would I be able to bear the guilt that surely would rest on my shoulders?'

"That night, after the children were asleep, my wife and I...

With every attempt to rescue another victim from a senseless drug tragedy, the truth emerges more clearly: An ounce of prevention is certainly worth far more than a pound of cure.

How many times we have heard the misinformed regrets of a sober one who proclaims to us, "I wish I had an exciting story to tell like the ones you have shared!"

Our reply comes quickly, "We wish that we possessed life stories similar to the one you disdain. If only we had never taken the first drinks, or popped the first pills, or smoked the first joints, then we would never have stumbled so often or gotten into such terrifying troubles. And we would not have wasted so much of our lives. You are the one with the great story! You can point with pride to the difficulties you have avoided because your mind has been clear. You can rejoice in the knowledge that your positive lifestyle has brought happiness to you and countless others. And, above all, you have pleased our Lord while ou...

The devastating whirlwind of drug abuse has no mercy. The casualties come from all walks of life, and the common cry is for freedom from its deadly clutches. We would not deceive anyone by suggesting that there is a sure road back to the sober lifestyle that will guarantee complete recovery and erase all painful memories. Neither would we suggest that the road to recovery is easy or comfortable. Indeed, for most addicts, it is, at best, a long, hard road back. It certainly has been for both of us. Fortunately there is hope.

The most effective course of treatment will vary, depending on the extent to which the individual's drug involvement has become a lifestyle, and the degree of the addiction. However, three critical elements are common to all effective methods of treatment: admission of the problem, the willpower to become and to remain drug-free, and a healthy measure of hope.

Admission Of The Problem

The affl...

One of the great failures in America's "War on Drugs" has been our repeated inability to recognize the scope of the problem. Many times over, we have realized only too late that drug abuse strikes closer to our own lives than we thought possible.

A Failed Effort

The few brave individuals who dared to discuss America's drug problem twenty-five years ago discovered that their opinions often fell on deaf ears. Indifference swelled from the notion that the "War on Drugs" belonged to that vocal minority, and not to everyone.

Then crime statistics grew rapidly, masses of people fell prey to painful drug addictions, and a cry went up from respectable citizens for relief from the growing dilemma.

Still, to many Americans it seemed a dirty business, far removed from the mainstream of a law-abiding society.

The government sought to remedy the drug curse with interdiction efforts. The plan called ...