By mosaicevolution - 03/01/2015 04:04 - United States - Decatur

Today, after finishing my second glass of wine, I walked out of the bathroom and saw the tag on my hair dryer from last year's rehab visit. FML
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Same thing different taste

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Forgive my stupidity, but I have no idea what "the tag on my hair dryer from last year's rehab visit" actually means. None of the meanings for the word "tag" that I know of make any sense in context, and I can't figure out what the hair dryer and rehab have to do with each other. Any extremely charitable person willing to explain what's going on?

19990231 29

Although two glasses of wine is not bad, if you have had problems with alcohol before, this (relapse?) could lead you down a slippery slope.


JuliaaNoelle 26

no harm in a couple glasses of wine occasionally! just don't let it get out of hand :)

I think if OP had to go to rehab then that means OP is probably an alcoholic which if that's the case then OP shouldn't even be having any wine at all since alcoholics don't know how to consume just a couple of drinks without getting out of control.

you could be right, but there is the possibility that she's gained more control while in rehab.

killerxdeagles 13

If you are a recovering addict, it most certainly is a big deal. Down vote all the way

By definition an Alcoholic cannot control their drinking after the first drink. If OP can, then she's not an alcoholic. Also there is no cure or way to control Alcoholism.

#50 This is not entirely true. Although controversial in the US, moderation is an accepted treatment goal in much of Europe. For severe alcoholics it's true that continued abstinence might the best 'treatment', but for less severe alcoholics it is actually possible to stem the problem into more 'moderate' drinking. US data actually include those who manage to maintain 'low-risk' drinking as well as those who practice abstinence when they study 'fully recovered alcoholics'. Fully recovered alcoholics, by definition, show symptoms of neither alcohol dependence or alcohol abuse. It is difficult, but not impossible to recover from alcoholism and have the occasional drink - in fact, research seems to suggest this is a more reasonable, achievable goal, and that advocating total abstinence might in fact make it easier for some people to 'fall off the wagon'.

Once an alcoholic always an alcoholic. If an alcoholic tries to casually drink, it'll end up getting out of control. Trust me I've witnessed several alcoholics try and fail to casually drink

#62 Incorrect. That is the standard AA attitude to alcoholism, but actually less severe alcoholics can learn to control their drinking if they are taught. The problem is, AA doesn't teach you how to control your drinking, it just teaches you to abstain altogether. So when people finish their AA program, go out in the real world where they're not in a controlled environment anymore, slowly unlearn what they learnt in AA and have a drink, they really can't stop.

No you're absolutely wrong there's a lot of harm in 2 glasses of wine when you're a recovering alcoholic

I would take that as a sign that you should stop. Or at least moderate it.

beyondflight 16

Why was the tag on the hair dryer

Why is this so down voted. I thought it was a pretty valid question.

meli1195 31

nothing is bad in moderation, but if you've had problems with alcohol before then maybe it's best to stay away. Best of luck OP

Nothing is bad in moderation? I'm pretty sure any amount of crack or meth (and the likes) is bad for you. Just my two cents. As for the rest of your comment, I agree.

Octwo 16

Arsenic is bad in any amount.

What about heroin or meth? There's no such thing as moderation with those.

#65 Funny you should mention heroin. I can't remember what the textbook was called when I studied addiction psychology for the life of me, but it was the only textbook I read from beginning to end because it was fascinating. Anyway, in it, the author discussed the harmful consequences of all addictive legal and illegal drugs. And heroin is an interesting one because while it is very addictive (30%+ addiction rate), it doesn't really have long-term health consequences according to research on people who have been on it for years. Its withdrawal periods are nasty, but otherwise it's not that bad for you - healthwise. The catch? It's illegal, hard to obtain, and thus it's ridiculously expensive - and like I said, highly addictive. So the average person who gets addicted slowly ruins their life as they try to get more of it - they lose their job, their family, their home, they turn to a life of crime in order to get the money they need to get more heroin, they might become prostitutes or share needles which increases STD rates, etc., etc., etc. Interestingly though, for people who can either afford it or have access to it, as long as they can be secretive about it they can live out most of their lives in relative normalcy while they feed their addiction. In the US where heroin is legal as medicine in some places, it's no surprise that a significant proportion of heroin addicts are doctors/nurses - AND that these people function quite normally aside from their addiction. I'm not saying that most doctors/nurses are heroin addicts, but there is a small but statistically significant proportion of them. Clearly, the 'war-on-drugs' approach is flawed at least in respect to heroin - most of its consequences arise from its illicit status, not its physical effects. In the 1990s, Switzerland trialled a program that was controversial at the time, where instead of a total ban on heroin they set up heroin clinics where addicts could come to doctors and get a heroin injection for a small fee. while there, they also had access to free psychological treatment to help them control their addiction and get back their normal lives. As a result of the program, two-thirds of addicts managed to quit their addiction (as opposed to the measly 10% success rates normal rehab centres have), most of them got back their famillies, jobs, street crimes were reduced, less homeless/druggies wandering around, and less people started up heroin - because heroin was cool when it was illegal but lame when you had to go to the doctor's to get some, as if it was some sort of prescription drug. This program has been trialled in other countries in Europe as well as Canada - with such results, it's a shame Australia and US haven't tried it. Meth, however? Don't even touch that shit XD

Oh and I forgot to mention - with heroin overdoses, most of that is also because people have no idea what else they're injecting or how 'pure' the heroin is when they buy it particularly if it's off the streets - which again, is caused by the fact that heroin is illegal and not manufactured and controlled. Upon further investigation of 'heroin overdoses', many of them also turned out to be caused by drug interactions and not heroin directly - that is, people were injecting heroin and drinking or taking something else at the same time. Before anyone says anything, I don't use any illicit drugs nor do I smoke and I barely ever drink. Sorry for the overly long comments, just that there is a lot of ignorance about drugs and it's kind of sad because so many lives are lost due to bad drug policies :(

two glasses isnt bad. Well depending on time frame of consumption. Dont be down.

19990231 29

Although two glasses of wine is not bad, if you have had problems with alcohol before, this (relapse?) could lead you down a slippery slope.

Forgive my stupidity, but I have no idea what "the tag on my hair dryer from last year's rehab visit" actually means. None of the meanings for the word "tag" that I know of make any sense in context, and I can't figure out what the hair dryer and rehab have to do with each other. Any extremely charitable person willing to explain what's going on?

an3ph 20

Came here to ask the same question.

A tag, like .. An identification tag?

I may be wrong but I'm assuming when she had to pack her things for the rehab facility, everything had to be labelled with identification tags and maybe she had forgotten to take off the labels? That's the only thing I can think of, I hope it makes sense! Edit: 13 beat me to it!

Thank goodness someone else asked, I was beginning to feel like the town idiot. "Why do I not understand what's going on here?" Mind you, I could still be the town idiot.

bunnais 13

I thought they meant the hairdryer was new and still had the tags on it cause their trip to rehab had been very recent.

I can only assume that OP meant something like a tag or sticker which he/she got from a rehab OP had to attend because of a problem regarding alcoholics. Similar to a sobriety coin given out by the AA. Some people place these in places they see everyday or are easy to access so that they can remind them to not drink any alcohol regardless of the situation. (Most people carry the coins with them for example) Seems like OP choose to place this on the hairdryer to make sure to see it every morning. At least that's what i guess.

Like a label. Stating that, that object was allowed by them and stamped it to prove it was actually her property. Tag label sticker

I can answer this. When you go into rehab everything you bring is searched and if necessary, labeled. That way they control what you bring in with you. So she saw the label on her hair dryer, reminding her of her rehab stay, which was probably for alcohol consumption.

It means the OP was in rehab (the assumption is for alcohol). The "tag" would just be a Property tag, the point being they were in rehab, and is now drinking again.

Isa_fml 20

Sometimes when you go to treatment for addiction or mental health issues, they keep track of your personal items. That might mean putting a sticker or tag on 'em.

It was probably tagged at rehab so they know it's hers as if she brought it with her

@25 then you obviously didn't read the whole thing because the OP said it was a year ago.

I imagined this FML as her finishing her wine, but immediately after noticed the tag on the hairdryer from that she recently purchased at or during rehab, and felt disappointed that she already started drinking a mere few days after the end of rehab. Maybe last year doesn't mean like a year ago, but in 2014? Just some thoughts.

#67, she said "last year", not "a year ago". She said this on (or not long before) the 3rd of January. So it could be anything from week (unlikely, or they let her out way too soon) to 12 months. With addictions it's often hard to say if YGFUN or FYL, so let's go with the last one.

Maybe her room at rehab was like a hotel room with the name on everything and when she left she stole the hairdryer?