Across The Way Thread #1519
Drug Addiction and RIver...
Created By~Toy
Created DateTue, Jun 01, 1999
Created Time12:23AM GMT

~Toy6/1/1999 12:23:08 AM
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AuthorMessage #670
~ToySubjectDrug Addiction and RIver...
PostedTue, Jun 01, 1999 12:23AM GMTMethodWeb-Site
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In a message dated 5/31/99 12:25:07 PM US Eastern Standard Time,
skyejelleybean@w... writes:

<< It is always the person who decides to do drugs who is responsible. And I
want to add they are also responsible for deciding to get the help! I , like
you, obviously
don't blame anyone for River's OWN problems. And I've expressed that I also
don't blame the fact that he had hippie parents and was not brought up like
most of the world. All they could do is be there for him. But that's only if
River had let them! >>

As someone who is studying to be a social psychologist and as someone who
also shares a love for River, I must jump into this discussion. We DO NOT
live in a vacuum. Research on this subject does not lend itself to your
conclusion that a person is solely responsible for their actions. The
influence of others contribute to our decisions everyday. Those who are with
us in our formative adolescent years are particularly important. From several
accounts of River's family life, it is reasonable to conclude that his
parents played a role in his drug addiction. To deny this is to deny reality.
There were many warning signs. His addiction did not occur overnight and
there were many instances where he reached out for help. There was none to
be found. For this, his parents (particularly his mother) must accept some
blame. I must go for now. I will write more later.

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