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Sunday, October 12, 2003

Rush and Drugs
The first major hit piece is out on Rush Limbaugh, from Newsweek.
Here's a taste:

But Limbaugh’s story owes more to the “Wizard of Oz” than “The Scarlet Letter.” The man behind the curtain is not the God of Family Values but a childless, twice-divorced, thrice-married schlub whose idea of a good time is to lie on his couch and watch football endlessly. When Rush Limbaugh declared to his radio audience that he was “your epitome of morality of virtue, a man you could totally trust with your wife, your daughter, and even your son in a Motel 6 overnight,” he was acting.

Well, here we go.
I'm a Christian.
Been one for years.
Have been proud of it.
Still am proud of it.
Despite Jimmy Swaggart.
Despite Jim Baker
Those core values haven't changed just because a media preacher falls.

I'm a conservative.
Been one for years.
Have been proud of it.
Still am.
Despite Bill Bennett
And yes, despite Rush Limbaugh.
Those core values don't change just because a media voice falls.

I'm deeply concerned about Rush and his drug problem.
If Oxycontin is what he is addicted to, he has a hard, hard road ahead of him.
It's a road he'll be on for a lot longer than thirty days.
More like thirty years.
I know.
I've been doing substance abuse counseling for a long time.
I've been hearing the stories for years.
And they are similar to what I've heard so far about Rush.
Chronic, excruciating pain from a back injury.
Flexeril (Cyclobenzeprine) doesn't cut it.
So the doctor prescribes Vicoden, or Oxycontin.
It works....for awhile.
Then the pain starts to break through, so you take more.
Then you take more, because when you quit, you go through withdrawals.
Wanna know about the withdrawal symptoms? Check Here

The addiction grows, until you are no longer in control.
It truly does control you.
Oh yeah, and the pain that started the addiction ball rolling?
Still there.
Still excruciating.
You've just added another kind of pain on top of it.
Rush has asked for prayers.
He's got 'em.
From this Conservative Christian, anyway.

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