We have learned that Jackson's drug addiction began when his scalp was badly burned. He was given Demerol for an extended time.
I was hospitalized several times over two years with a catastrophic illness and received Demeral for long periods; one was forty-two days with 100 mg Demerol every four hours. The doctor told me that I would be addicted but that that was the least of our worries at the time.
I was totally addicted. I then understood how a person could steal her grandmother's heirloom jewelry and sell it to buy drugs. The person did not want to do this. She HAD to. That is the horror, the incidiousness of drug addiction. You cannot understand if you've never been addicted.
Fortunately, I was able to conquer addiction, but I did so in a way you may think strange. A friend, a nurse, brought me some marijuana and told me to try it. I smoked only in my home and mainly after 7:00. At last I could at least sleep. I am ashamed to admit how long I smoked. Then I just stopped with no ill effect. Marijuana is not physically addictive.
Michael was not able to do what I did, and I understand. Because of money he had enablers.
Interesting note: A new nurse commented on Michael's intake of 10 Xanax per day. The other nurse said, "It is an improvement. He is down from 40." 40!