The 18th Amendment (Prohibition) Revisited

The 18th Amendment (Prohibition) Revisited

In 1919 the Constitution of the United States was changed, amended, to make the consumption and possession of alcoholic beverages illegal. Now take a moment to consider this. It is a monumental task to change the Constitution, requiring 2/3 of the Senate and House to pass it and then 3/4 of States must approve it, in 7 years or less! Then, in 1933 the Constitution was changed again to nullify the previous change and make consumption of alcohol legal again! Somehow the “problem” of alcoholism (addiction) that was so vexing it brought the nation to this monumental change evaporated in a little over 13 years! Unfortunately, the truth is addiction, in all its guises, is today destroying more lives than ever before, past and current efforts and laws notwithstanding.

Man’s attempts to amend destructive behaviors in sweeping societal fashion have consistently failed, routinely resulting in unintended negative, often grave consequences. Many are suffering today, unable to address their crippling pain adequately due to the abuse of prescription medication by the few. And just as Prohibition failed due to its ham-fisted approach, the current approaches to addiction are still rooted in one size fits all thinking, across the board, different paths often at war with one another! More interested in protecting their “turf” at the expense of those suffering. Recovery from addiction is not one size fits all and we must begin approaching it in a systematic fashion, from detox to providing long term assistance and support to deal with the daily ups and downs of living that so often lead to relapse. Would a physician ignore a systemic infection if they were treating a patient with a broken bone? Addiction is a scourge, destroying not only the suffers life but affecting all who care for them, draining them emotionally, while the cost to society from all aspects of addiction runs into the hundreds of billions every year just in America. When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. To truly address addiction we must abandon the 19th century modes of thinking that lead to the 18th Amendment and step into 21st century. Together.

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Silk sheets or city streets, Park Avenue or park bench, addiction is an equal opportunity destroyer of lives. My name is Vincent Lee Jones and I have been in recovery since September 1985. My professional career began when I was nearly 20 years in recovery and was asked to work pro bono with at risk students at Huntington Beach High School. At the time I had developed a reputation within the at large recovery community as an effective communicator and was known to some of the faculty. After the death of two students from prescription drugs I was asked to start working with at risk students, which I did for nearly 5 years. Word of mouth lead to offers of compensated freelance Facilitator and Director positions with numerous local treatment facilities in the ensuing years. As a retired Building Contractor/Designer, working in conjunction with a treatment facility, I created a construction program utilizing a workforce comprised almost exclusively of people new or returning to recovery, helping them to not only learn a trade and start making a living but since many of them had relapsed numerous times, to begin truly building a foundation with real aftercare to live free of active addiction. This program changed many lives. In my 30+ years in recovery I have worked with thousands of individuals from all walks of life, teenagers to the retired, famous to infamous, prosperous to those living hand to mouth, adamant atheists to those embracing strong Religious beliefs; suffering from all manner of intoxicant and behavior-based addictions as well as those who love and care about them, both as a member in recovery Fellowships and as a treatment professional. I can be contacted at 714-366-1725. I write and publish daily a recovery based nondenominational spiritually based blog at with accompanying videos that can be found as well on YouTube and LinkedIn at Vincent Lee Jones.

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