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The British government today announced a plan to force drug addicts and alcoholics into treatment or lose their benefits.  I had three brothers who lived in England who died from alcoholism, all three were on welfare for years before they died.  Perhaps if this approach had been taken a long time ago maybe even one of them might be alive today.  I see many people court ordered into AA who do not want to go but after a period of time actually get true sobriety and rebuild their lives.  Alcoholism is disease and although incurable it can be placed in complete remission and the alcoholic can live a happy and productive life for many years after they were at their bottom.  I commend the British Government for taking this approach and I hope that although unwanted at first it will lead many alcoholics and addicts back to work and better life.  I think its a brilliant idea and just think how ludicrous it is that you are given government money to drink yourself to death how is that good.

You can read the full report from the Daily Mail here

 

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AmyMay 22, 2012 at 6:57 pm

I’m so sorry to hear about your brothers. I have several family members take that route. It reminds me of why I need to stay on this path- three years sober next month.

 

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