If any of you are partisan hacks, and expecting me to post something of the like (which I often do) you're going to be disappointed. Tonight is just a very human post. I had a friend who texted me and told me that she was at a bar, drinking, and wanted for me to meet her. Now normally, this would not be cause for alarm, but this person has had 6 months sober, and was recently released from and alcohol and drug treatment program. This was disturbing enough, by itself. But what is even more disturbing, is that I almost didn't go. I thought that I was not in the mood to drink tonight. But something told me to go ahead and meet her. When I arrived, I quickly found out that she hadn't had a couple of harmless girly drinks. NOOOOOO. A few hits of cocaine, and at least 5 jack and cokes. She ordered another as I was there, and I slipped around the corner and asked the bartender to dilute the hell out of it. As drunk as she was, I didn't think that she would notice. Unfortunately, she did. She stood up and confronted the bartender, wanting to know why her drink was nothing but "coke". She began to swear, and I simply looked at the manager, and said: "We're leaving, soon. She was seconds from being arrested. I took her home and waited until one her her AA sponsors arrived to further watch after her. She was more oriented when I left, than she had been for the previous 3 hours. This isn't a partisan thing. She looked at me, while she was totally snockered and said: " I just don't know if I can handle this much longer." She was speaking of our job. She has worked 2 infant cardiac arrests in the last year, and she isn't coping with it very well. Just some food for thought. How many of you have worked in an A and D unit? I worked in one when I was 19-20. I found myself wondering how many people on OWS are experiencing this same thing. How many people in general are suffering hard times due to an alcohol or drug issue? It's just not as simple as not drinking. These people could have a seizure if they were to just suddenly stop "cold turkey". Sorry, just needed to vent. Thanks for reading, if you do.