97% of us are borrowing money to create the illusion of having money and only 3% of us actually have money and own what it looks like we own. We think of debt-free as some kind of wonderful accomplishment when it's actually what normal is supposed to look like! Of course, this criminal justice approach to drug use and abuse was ineffective in reducing the use and abuse of opioids, just as it has been in more recent times. Heroin use reportedly reached epidemic levels of abuse in the years after World War I, as it did after both World War II and the Vietnam War, a harbinger of the fourth era of drugs in America. Because US regulations prohibited heroin's use, it was distributed through illegal markets. Yet, medical professionals still considered the risk of heroin dependence to be low; use of the drug was regarded as evidence of immoral character, prevalent among criminals. Nevertheless, heroin's popularity continued to climb. The typical person dependent on heroin at that time was white, city dwelling, and poor; New York City was an epicenter of activity, remaining so until recent years when heroin (and opioid) use has spread widely to Middle American towns and cities. By the 1920s, thanks to the Harrison Act, drug-dependent people and doctors were filling the cells of the federal penitentiary at Leavenworth, Kansas. We now arrive at the fourth era of opioids in America, the years after World War II until the end of the millennium. There are also times when, although the therapist can see his patient has a genuine problem, the therapist cannot determine its cause, and in an attempt to discover it, the patient then may be asked, "I'm wondering what your payoff is?" While most of us procrastinate because we seek temporary relief from our tasks and responsibilities, that so-called "payoff" is not what keeps us stuck in the muck of habitual procrastination. What keeps us immobilized is that we have been procrastinating for so long, that for the most part, we have forgotten how to live any other way. That said, the only "payoffs" for habitual procrastination are feelings of helplessness, hopelessness, poor self-esteem, and depression. One reason that we habitually procrastinate today is because long ago we chose procrastination as a coping measure against stress, and then, as it became our way of reacting to that stress, it grew into a deeply ingrained habit. Like most habits, or almost anything that we do on a regular basis, the longer we "do" them, the better we get at them. We could say, "habitual procrastinators are experienced procrastinators." That's not to say that procrastination is a talent worth keeping: it isn't. However, we must admit that we've worked very hard to get where we're at, even if that's not a place we particularly like. That said, it's through the process of willingly doing differently that a habitual procrastinator will learn new ways, which, if practiced over a period of time, will result in new, positive lifestyle habits that will replace their old negative ones. For sexual minority youth or older adults dealing with depression, there are treatment resources available in most communities. Finding these resources may be difficult for many people reluctant to be open about their sexuality however.

The appendix contains some suggestions of online resources that might be helpful in getting a referral to someone in your area. Though not everyone dealing with depression will develop a drug or alcohol problem, there is no question that they often go together. According to the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcoholism and Related Conditions, around 40 percent of people with a lifetime history of major depressive disorder (MDD) will develop a problem with alcohol. While the risk of depressed people becoming dependent on illegal drugs is much lower (17 percent), this is still far greater than we might expect from chance alone. For that matter, 30 percent of people with MDD will also become dependent on nicotine. But why are depression and addiction found together so frequently? Intriguingly enough, some studies suggest that one possible reason for depression being much more common in women than in men is that men are more likely to rely on drugs or alcohol to control their symptoms. In one study looking at over twelve thousand Amish people (who have a cultural ban against drugs and alcohol), men and women were found to develop MDD at the same rate. This strongly suggests that undiagnosed depression may play an important role in substance abuse, at least in men. Ursula and Manca obviously have a strong sense of empathy. They put themselves in the shoes of those who had lost the wallet. To me, there is a link between empathy, cooperation and trust. If we have strong empathetic skills, we are more inclined to cooperate than to compete and, when we all cooperate, we are more inclined to trust each other. That is why, if we choose empathy over selfishness, we will all be better off. If this transmutes into being trustworthy, we will all be better off. If we understand the value of cooperation over competition, we will all be better off. In a society that rests on empathy, cooperation and trust, we will all be better off - and happier. So, let's start by being reliable, by keeping our word and keeping secrets if people have confided in us. Loyalty to those not present proves our loyalty to those who are. Being trustworthy is a valuable asset, both in our own life and to the lives of the people we care about.

Perhaps Mark Twain said it best: If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.' 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