Robert Munsch – Cocaine Addiction
Munsch is unusual in that most people with drug addictions begin at an early age – Munsch was over 50 when he first took a serious interest in the misuse of alcohol and cocaine.
Now aged over 60, it is a big step for Munsch to admit to drug taking. Parents have for decades read his tales as bedtime stories to their children, and for some it has come as shock.
It seems that it is the parents as much as the children who need mystical fairy tales to escape into from the mundane and routine chores, that include a fantasy of the author as they imagine them to be.
Perhaps we have need to see prominent people and celebrities in the community who are without fault or failing, a need for heroes in a world increasingly compromised in its values.
It is easy to feel outraged upon discovering that our self appointed heroes, in fact have feet of clay, with much the same feelings and failings as any one of us.
The ancient philosopher Seneca said – if you would judge, first understand.
If we wish to make moral judgment about the behavior of others, then it is the whole person, their life experience that we must first understand.
When columnist Judith Timson first heard about Munsch’s addictions, she say that her heart sank, yet outrage turned to acceptance with reflection about Munsch as a whole person, his contribution to children’s literature not diminished by his inner demons.
People can find out more, and begin to understand, the man behind the public face of Robert Munsch by visiting his website.
Munsch, an American by birth, adopted Canada as his homeland and, made a Member of the Order of Canada in 1999, has been inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame. Munsch’s manic energy and enthusiasm for his craft have brought much delight to both children and adults for more than three decades.
The admissions that Munsch has made about what he declares to be foolish mistakes, in relation to alcohol drinking and using cocaine have found respect.
Now in recovery Munsch maintains his professional connections, family bonds and friendships – ultimately, there is honesty, and an acceptance by Munsch that he took a wrong road, that his use of alcohol and cocaine was detrimental, and had to stop.
People who think that they are in too deep with alcohol or drug use, that they are unable to stop sometimes fail to seek treatment because they are fearful of being exposed, found out, and possibly abandoned both professionally and personally as a result.
Sometimes the treatments available for alcohol and drug addiction seem to offer little in the way of comfort, don’t seem to provide much respite.
It might be that you can give up drug use, but will be in recovery, and at risk of possible relapse for the rest of your life.
It is a major step in life when a person confronts his pain and admits to substance abuse and addiction. It is a major decision as to what form of detox and drug rehab you will choose to assist you with recovery.
In making a judgment as to what kind of treatment offers the best opportunity for full recovery from addiction, people are better off with programs that treat the whole person, that don’t just medicate symptoms.
In Canada, comprehensive alcohol and drug recovery centers provide residential rehab that leads to complete and permanent recovery from substance abuse and addictions.
Comprehensive drug rehab centers understand the nature and causes of drug addiction, and that the causes of drug abuse are very much related to the personality style and the life experience of the user. No one comes to drug use except they are looking for a solution, attempting to self medicate, if you like, for problems that they have in their life.
It is easy to be judgmental, write a person completely off, when you get to hear they do drugs. In fact many addicts themselves think that they should be written off, for having made the choice to do drugs.
Using drugs puts us in a sort of defensive shell where we don’t have to deal with reality. Drug use is damaging and limiting of our options. But we are scared to break out of the shell, because we fear the emotional pain of our life, and the pain of drug withdrawal.
Comprehensive addiction recovery programs help you to fully detox and begin to understand more about yourself and the reasons why you do drugs. The more you understand about the role of drugs in your life, the more empowered you feel about being able to give up using drugs and all the negativity in your life that makes you want to use them.
Most drug programs say they don’t know the reasons for drug addiction, and happily give you another shot of maintenance medication.
At comprehensive rehab centers the more you learn about yourself and the reasons why you have chosen to use drugs – the quicker you will get to the stage of complete recovery from drug use and all addictive ways.
People who truly want to become drug free and independant,
first need to do as Robert Munsch did, and admit to an addiction,
admit to having made a mistake –
and then use each new day to progess towards complete addiction recovery.
Comprehensive addiction recovery programs understand addiction – and offer drug free, natural treatments that lead to complete addiction recovery.
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