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Can alcohol be a Justification?

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Posted By Dr. Blanche

Meet Ashley, she was a hard addicted to cocaine.

Ashley’s case stood out to me because Ashley was a celebrity of sorts. She had been on a long-running reality television show known for the wrong choices and hard partying of its participants. I don’t watch the show myself, but I am aware of it. It is hard not to be when the stars and their antics are on the cover of every tabloid in the checkout line at the grocery store. Of course, they never showed Ashley’s illegal drug use on TV, but it was often implied and manipulated for entertainment. 

Ashley checked into rehab when she was arrested drunk driving and possession of cocaine. She had been partying at a club with her fellow cast members, although they weren’t being filmed that night. She chose to drive home after drinking way too much and snorting cocaine. The cocaine made her feel more alert and invincible than if she had just been drinking, and most likely contributed to her decision to drive that night.

Ashley explained that alcohol wasn’t really her drug of choice and that cocaine was her true love. She only drank because alcohol could legally be shown on camera, and she used it to explain her erratic behavior. It is definitely possible, though, to be addicted to more than one substance at a time, and alcohol and cocaine often go hand in hand. 

Ashley said the therapy she received in rehab was one of the most beneficial aspects of her treatment. She was able to get insight as to why she used cocaine and the negative influences in her life that she would have to let go to recover truly.

After leaving treatment, Ashley quit the television show, completed her community service from her arrest, and is writing a tell-all book about her experiences on the show and her recovery. She travels to speak about addiction and to encourage others to seek rehabilitation.

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