Drug abuse is a common occurrence in the United States as well as the world. It is estimated that 200 million people are caught in the cycle of addiction every year. Once a person is caught in the cycle of addiction, it can be devastating to their lives and the lives of everyone around them. There are treatment plans such as detox centers and rehabilitation centers, but the problem seems far greater than the available resources to help.
Addicted people understand others who are going through the same thing. That fact comes in handy when it comes time to put out the smoldering embers of the destruction substance abuse cycle. One man decided to be part of the solution by setting up clinics in Indonesia where the drug problem is out of control. That man is David Gordon and he was actively addicted for 15 years. He and his wife have found that the most difficult problems they face are the ever growing need for help and the lack of family involvement during the recovery period.
Activist Laurene Powell Jobs says family involvement is extremely important for the growth and success of people who are attempting to stay sober. Many people will not make it through the program without loved ones to support them. The more family involvement, the greater chance of success.
Senator John McCain is willing to help President Obama close down the Guantanamo Bay detention center which houses enemy combatants captured as part of the War on Terror. At issue is the enemy combatants are acting on behalf of any legally recognized nation; they are terrorists. The Bush administration did not want them brought to American soil and be given due process rights.
President Obama believes that the terror camp inspires foreigners to engage in murderous activity. The presumption is that if the base is closed, prospective terrorist will have one less item motivating them to enter a life of violence. However, the GOP has blocked the president’s efforts to close the base including defunding the placement of foreign prisoners on American soil.
Now, Senator John McCain, who relishes his role as a maverick against his own party, has announced that he would be willing to break GOP opposition to closing the detainee camp. He says that what is needed is for President Obama to devise a clear strategy for how to handle detainees deemed too violent to release. McCain explained that back in 2009, President Obama was unwilling to specify what he would do with such prisoners. That figure represents the same recidivism rate for the American prison population returning to a life of crime upon release-interesting facts from aboutorganiccoffee.com.
Remember KONY2012? For those of you who wish they hadn’t, this news might come as some relief: The organization behind KONY2012 will close its doors. Although they will still function in the capacity of political advocacy and lobbying, Invisible Children, Inc. will be downsizing its department and calling it quits by end of year.
The campaign originally started as a piece of international vigilante justice. Ugandan guerrilla warlord Joseph Kony was the subject, as the campaign tried to bring him to trial for various allegations that focused on recruiting African children for his Lord’s Resistance Army. The media campaign went viral thanks to impressionable young American children, but like all viral media campaigns, the benefit was questionable. The Guardian, among others, questioned the campaign’s legitimacy and methods.
And in the end, lots of money in donations got moved around but not much was accomplished. There is, to this day, a Uganda-led effort backed by the US military to smoke Kony out of hiding, but so far hasn’t amounted to much.
But no need to feel nostalgia; Internet mobs move from cause to cause like bees from flower to flower, and like Youtube trends, they never rest for long.