Beyond the Yellow Brick Road: Our Children and Drugs

Beyond the Yellow Brick Road: Our Children and Drugs

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Beyond the Yellow Brick Road: Our Children and Drugs by Bob Meehan, Stephen J. Meyer

From the Introduction by Tim Conway

"I have encountered only two people in my life who have the kind of charisma Bob does: Frank Sinatra and John F. Kennedy. He is truly an extraordinary man....With no pressure, without the slightest hint of coercion, Bob Meehan gets young people to stop taking drugs.

This book does two important things; first, it creates a sense of urgency. We have a very serious drug epidemic among our youth, yet people seem content to ignore it. Second, this book offers solutions. I have read many books about drugs in the past few years, but I always put them down thinking, ‘Fine, but what can parents do when their children take drugs?' When I finished Beyond the Yellow Brick Road, I had answers. And so will you.

I firmly believe that this book will make a significant difference in a lot of people's lives.

About the Author: Bob Meehan, considered the true "Father of Drug Intervention," has been involved in the field of recovery for the past 30 years, after 14 years of his own chemical abuse. He is 58 years old and has been married to the same woman for the last 30 years; their daughter, granddaughter, and son-in-law live next door to them in Arizona. His programs of "enthusiastic recovery," and programs modeled after this philosophy, have helped nearly 100,000 families recover from the devastation of teen chemical abuse. Additionally, he has opened six hospital units and three residential programs for recovery. His experience made it necessary for him to stop long enough from helping others to write Beyond The Yellow Brick Road, because there simply was nothing else available to assist people.

After helping tens of thousands of individuals recover from chemical addiction, Bob has come to the conclusion that the main element of an addictive personality stems from a lack of self worth. Having witnessed the same problems, but with a slight spin and a lowering of the bar, over the past three decades, Bob subsequently took the time to write Bumper Stickers. This, his second book, discusses how the mind, body, and spirit work in a positive conspiracy to help people stay focused and achieve their own goals.

In a world of spins and scams, Bob's approach is fresh and down to earth, because that is where he lives. His books do not beckon the reader to buy subsequent books or tapes; they are self-contained self-treatment programs written in a conversational tone that makes them remarkably accessible. Further, Bob's books don't merely highlight problems, they offer practical solutions.

Bob currently works as a consultant to corporations and other large organizations as a lecturer and helping them with their employee assistance programs.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780809249817
Publisher: NTC Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/01/1986
Pages: 304

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Chapter 1

I am a drug addict. I am an alcoholic. I am a burglar. I am a thief. I am a con. I am also a father of two children, a happily married man, and the founder of the largest and most successful drug rehabilitation program that ever existed.

I used to shoot heroin. At one time in my life, I would drink six or seven bottles of Robitussin AC cough syrup (active ingredient—codeine) a day. I used to snort cocaine, smoke pot, eat speed, and drink alcohol, sometimes all at the same time. I used to rob people, hurt people, and scare people. I no longer do those things, because I have found a way to live that is better than the way I lived before. In the 28 years that have passed since my last "high," I have tried to show some 60,000 teenagers and parents what I've learned about myself and about people—particularly those with addictive personalities. My guess is that two-thirds of these people have been successful in changing their lives.

I have seen the whole gamut of drug problems; from the teenage boy who smoked marijuana on three occasions and got caught each time, to the veteran heroin addict who roams the streets and steals hundreds of dollars a day to pay for his fix.

I have seen tragedy due to drugs—I knew a young boy who mutilated himself under the influence of the horse tranquilizer/people killer, PCP; a successful doctor addicted to more drugs than you can count, who ended his life in suicide; a young man who damaged his already fragile psyche with seven or eight marijuana cigarettes a day, who ended up putting a shotgun into his mouth and pulling the trigger; a boy whose continual use of speed consumed his entire body and killed him; a teenage girl who shot dope into her hand and accidentally hit a nerve leading to one of her fingers, then had to watch a piece of her body slowly turn black and eventually fall off.

I said that I am a drug addict, I am a thief, and so on. And yet I also said that I used to shoot heroin, and I used to steal. I firmly believe that we are the sum total of our experiences, good and bad. I used drugs for 10 years, and spent three years in penitentiaries and jails. The experiences of those years formed my present psyche. I'm still an addict, but I don't do drugs. And I'm still a con, but I obey the law.

At one point, I actually counted the number of times people tried to help me get off drugs—thirty-one! My parents tried, of course, and failed. Teachers were equally unsuccessful. A neighbor and friend of the family begged me with tears in his eyes to stop for the sake of my parents. I didn't. I tried a Christian group that told me to read the Bible and everything would be fine. But at that time, I was so sick and my eyes were so bad that I couldn't have read the Bible even if I'd wanted to, which I didn't.

I tried methadone. The doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital thought getting high on that bitter stuff you wash down with Tang would be better for me than heroin. I always had the impression that doctors prescribed methadone so addicts wouldn't go out and steal their television sets. A chemical substitute for junk is certainly no solution. Methadone treatment is a bad joke—you're just swapping out one high for another.

I have tried behavior modification, psychoanalysis, chemical therapy, hypnosis, confrontive therapy, and about every other method. My experiences in rehabilitation have ranged from comic to tragic to frustrating to downright bizarre. In any case, I have been a consumer of drug rehabilitation packages. None worked. Thirty-one attempts. But the thirty-second time...


Table of Contents

    FOREWORDS
    IN WRITING BEYOND THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD

CHAPTER ONE:  THE BEGINNING

CHAPTER TWO: THE TEENAGE PSYCHE
             THE EXISTENTIAL SEARCH
             FUN FELONIES
             NORMALLY ABNORMAL
             THE TEENAGER: A DIFFERENT ANIMAL
             FUN MACHINES
             COMPUTER OVERLOAD
             THE EMOTIONS/THE INTELLECT
             P.I.S.S.
             SELF-CENTEREDNESS
             WE FEEL INADEQUATE BECAUSE WE ARE INADEQUATE
             NO SUCH THING AS GRAY
             BEHOLD THE WALLS
             LAND HO!

CHAPTER THREE: REALITY IS FOR PEOPLE WHO CAN'T COPE WITH DRUGS, WRANGLERS, AND LEVI'S
             WHY KIDS TAKE DRUGS
             THE COMMITTEE
             COMMITTEE ADJOURNED
             HOPE FIENDS
             DRUGS AND EMOTIONAL GROWTH
             HEARTS AND MINDS
             A GENERATION WITH A LOW-GRADE FEVER
             UNEARNED HIGHS
             FOREIGN MANAGEMENT
             CHEMICAL WARFARE

CHAPTER FOUR: THE PARENT CHAPTER
    PART I: THE PROBLEM-YOUR KID GOT CAUGHT
             THE GUILT GAME
             SWEET SIXTEEN AND FREE
             F.E.A.R.
             THE EMPEROR HAS CLOTHES AFTER ALL
             WE ALL SCREAM FOR ICE CREAM
             A TALE OF TWO MEN
             THE PARENT PSYCHE
    PART II: THE SOLUTION-LOVE MEANS NOT ACCEPTING WRONG BEHAVIOR
             KIM
             RISKING TO DO RIGHT
             LOVE AND PERMISSIVENESS
             H.O.W.
             IT'S ONLY HALFTIME
             UNITED FRONT
             GET OFF YOUR REARING
             STAY ON YOUR KIDS' SIDE
             GET OFF YOUR ASPHALT
             FOR PETE'S SAKE
             SIX SHOTS IN YOUR GUN
             WRONG MEETS RIGHT
             WHERE ARE THE WALLS?
    CONCLUSION

CHAPTER FIVE: MARIJUANA-THE CRAZE THAT'S NOT A PHASE
             WHO KNOWS?
             THE MOST DANGEROUS CHEMICAL OF ALL
             GOOD BUZZ/MIND FUZZ
             THE ROAD BACK
             SAFE PASSAGE
             A WALL FOR ALCOHOL
             LEGALIZE POT?
             CONCLUSION

CHAPTER SIX: DRUGS IN THE MEDIA
             HOLLYWOOD FILMS
             EXPLICIT ADVOCACY
             IMPLICIT ADVOCACY
             SUBLIMINAL ADVOCACY
             THE POPULAR MUSIC INDUSTRY
             ARE WE HAVING FUN YET?
             THE MASONS OF OUR MINDS
             VOLUNTEERS OF AMERICA
             WHO ME?

CHAPTER SEVEN: SEVENTH INNING STRETCH

CHAPTER EIGHT: THE RECOVERY PHENOMENON
             THE NEEDS
             BALANCED RECOVERY
             TWELVE STEPS
             CONCLUSION

CHAPTER NINE: TRICK OR TREATMENT-HOW THE PROGRAM WORKS
    THE PROGRAM
             NEEDS
             NOTHING TO CURE
             SOMETHING BETTER THAN DRUGS
             IT TAKES ALL KINDS
             SPECTATE OR PARTICIPATE?
             SOBER IS NOT SOMBER
             FIRST MEETING
             NEWCOMERS
             THE ART OF REHABILITATION
             SEX
             A WORLD APART
    PARENT GROUP
             A FAMILY DIS-EASE
             THE P.O.P.S.
             PINK CLOUD SYNDROME
             IGNORANCE ISN'T BLISS
             THANKS, SIS
             LOVE P.O.P.S.
             FOOD WAR
             MONKEY FIST
             ADOLESCENCE IS NOT A TERMINAL ILLNESS
    CONCLUSION

CHAPTER TEN: LOCAL DRUG PROGRAMS
             NO FREE LUNCHES
             MY ROAD LESS TRAVELED
             ICECAP
             GRADUATION
             CRITIQUING PROGRAMS

CHAPTER ELEVEN: PREVENTION
    TYPE ONE PREVENTION
    TYPE TWO PREVENTION
             STOLEN KEYS AND SPILLED MILK
             THE TRAUMA BEGINS
             TOO MUCH LOVE?
             BUILDING SELF-ESTEEM
             THE CONTRACT
             ABANDONED CHILDREN
             THE THIRD WORLD WAR
             BROKEN HOMES/BROKEN BONES
             BIG JOB
             WHATEVER IT TAKES
    CONCLUSION

CHAPTER TWELVE: CLICK

What People are Saying About This

Og Mandino

Every loving parent must read this book! If you have a child on drugs or you wish to prevent future disaster, this powerful classic can help you save your kid's life.
—(Og Mandino, Author of The Greatest Salesman in the World)

Steven J. Jaffe

No one else I have ever met possess Bob Meehan's understanding of adolescent drug abuse and how teenagers think and feel. This book lovingly explains that knowledge. Having a teenager using drugs and alcohol is one of the most difficult and heart-wrenching problems a parent can experience. This book offers understanding, support, and guidance.
—(Steven J. Jaffe, Professor of Psychiatry at Emory University School of Medicine)

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