Monday, August 31, 2009

Philip and technology...

As a consequence of Philip's last relapse, he was sentenced by something called the "drug court" to wear an ankle bracelet that senses if he's been drinking.

I've never heard of such a thing. You can imagine his reaction - probably a lot like mine would have been early in the days after my last drink: "...invasion of privacy!", "...it's not like I was doing something criminal or bad for society!", "...why are they picking on me?!!!"

Reminded me of a meeting when I was in my 1st year in the program. We had several very young people (high school!!) trying to sober up in and around the meetings at the clubhouse where I attended most of my meetings. We had a most memorable meeting where a girl showed up still flushed and sick looking declaring, "...well, I'll NEVER take Antabuse again!!!" She had really not liked the consequences of drinking on antabuse and she'd really learned her lesson. She never intended to drink again but the one thing was sure: she was NEVER going to take antabuse - that crap made you really sick if you drank while you take it.

So, Philip seems to be back on a path and 3 times a week, he gets to show up and allow someone to download the data in his bracelet and verify that he's not had a drink.

My only hope is that, before the bracelet comes off, he can find a power sufficient to keep him sober without it...

We'll continue work on that in a few minutes...

5 comments:

dAAve said...

I've never heard of that either.

Syd said...

That's a new one on me. I think that the only one who can help Philip to stay sober is a power greater than that ankle bracelet and him.

Steve E. said...

Last time I used ankle bracelets, we put a pair on a kicking cow, during milking.

Mary Christine said...

I pray he finds that power.

Scott W said...

Not to mention how uncomfortable that thing must be. It takes what it takes.