If you are worried about your safety, it makes sense to call the police for assistance, right? One Florida man pushed the notion of what it means to “protect and serve” this month when he called law enforcement for help testing his drugs.
Why? The man reportedly bought methamphetamine the week prior and was unconvinced that it was actually methamphetamine. He wanted to press charges against the man who sold him what he believed to be tainted drugs and wanted to enlist the help of the police. He reportedly reacted poorly when he smoked the substance, and he wanted law enforcement officers to assist him with his case by testing the drugs and then helping him to file a report.
Putnam County Sheriff’s Office documented the encounter on their Facebook page, saying: “In an effort to ensure the quality of the drug the suspect purchased, detectives told Kelly if he came to the sheriff’s office they could test the narcotic he purchased.”
And come to the sheriff’s office he did, bringing with him a bag containing a crystallized substance, which law enforcement was happy to test. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office reported that the test came back positive for meth, and the man was immediately arrested, charged with possession, and walked over to the Putnam County Jail where he was booked and held on $5,000 bond.
The Sheriff’s Office went on to encourage others to bring their drugs down to be tested as well, saying: “If you believe you were sold bad drugs, we are offering a free service to test them for you. Remember, our detectives are always ready to assist anyone who believes they were misled in their illegal drug purchase.”
The Nature of Addiction
This is not the first person to call the police to assist them in handling a drug-related issue. Others have called police to help them find stolen drugs or to otherwise engage their assistance in helping them with a problem that ends with them getting arrested for possession of illegal substances, paraphernalia, drug money, and/or guns.
This is not necessarily a sign of intellect as much as it is a sign of the warped view of reality that often comes with heavy and continued drug use. For example, many people living with addiction see the world through an “addiction lens.” That is, what you believe to be obvious when you look at a certain circumstance or situation may not be so clear to someone who is driven by cravings and compulsive drug use due to an untreated addiction disorder.
For example, you may find that your loved one has, over the course of a month, syphoned off money from the family bank account that you had set aside for rent. When you go to pay the rent, your check bounces, and you realize what your family member has been doing and confront them. To you, it is clear that they stole from the family and put them in danger economically as everyone may be evicted as a result. To your loved one looking through an addiction lens, they might see it as your problem, believing that they were owed that money, or that you should have planned for it, knowing that they “need” drugs. To you, it is objectively clear that your loved one stole money for drugs. To them, it’s your fault that they were forced to take that action.
The Road to Reality
Unfortunately, it is all but impossible to reason with someone whose sole goal is to maintain a steady flow of their drug of choice. If the truth means they were wrong to do X in order to get the drugs they wanted, that is not something they want to accept.
For this reason, it can take time to help someone living with addiction to recognize that their continued use of drugs is what is causing them other problems. They will need to get to the point where they experience loss that is greater to them than the loss of their drug use. For some people, this can happen the first time they have a fight with a spouse. For others, this won’t happen even if they lose their job, their children, and their home.
Is your loved one struggling with substance abuse and addiction? Are you ready to help them consider the option of trading in an addiction for a life defined by emotional and physical balance?