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Tiger Woods: Is Tiger Out Of The Woods Yet?



Why are we losing the opioid and substance abuse epidemic?

One Answer: We continue to enable substance abusers and their significant others to not be accountable for their behaviors.

One of the main prompts to continued substance abuse is blaming others for one’s own actions. Similarly, family and friends often blame others for their loved one’s deficiencies.
Society is no different. Drug epidemic war rooms attempt to cover two major bases:

  • Reduce international and domestic drug trafficking

  1. Sanction exporters of drugs
  2. Strict penalties for dealers
  3. Disallow journalists, politicians, lawyers and judges to operate regarding recovery decisions without pertinent expert opinion
  4. Raising age restrictions on gateway drugs such as vaping and CBD purchases
  5. Year round substance use disorder education beginning before puberty
  • Reduce consumer consumption

  1. Stop administering Narcan (naloxone) and sending people home without rehabilitation
  2. Choice of 30 day residential or “jail” rehab (DOJ intervention needed here) & 11 month outpatient lifestyle rehabilitation
  3. Mandatory Al-anon, Nar-anon, Gam-Anon, Families Anonymous or counseling for significant others
  4. Substance Use Disorder certification for journalists reporting about substance use diagnosis and treatment in order to minimize ignorance, misinformation and disinformation

Substance abusers and enabling families, friends and societies most often focus the bulk of their time and effort on fixing the environment. Unlike Michael Jackson, substance abusers and enabling families, friends and societies spend very little time looking at the “Man In The Mirror”. Indeed, recovery has far less to do with drug availability and detoxification, and much more to do with taking a look at ourselves through the eyes of a group of recovering substance abusers, and making changes. After all, people with vintage recovery are frequently surrounded by drugs on a daily basis and they don’t use. The reverse is also true. Substance abusers placed in a drug free environment often find something to instantly enter into a mindful vacation.

The Solution Requires Taking Many Small Steps

Substance abuse is beyond complicated. In fact it is complex. No worries, let the narc-nerds sweat that stuff.
Let’s begin by reviewing a current legal case that empirically appears to be totally blind to the well documented fact that THC reduces the vomiting reflex, and alcohol intoxication is often prevented by vomiting. This is one of many reasons why alcohol alone and THC alone are each potentially less lethal than when the two are used together.
This tiny amount of forensic information may help crack this case. Let’s see how we do, and let us see what the judge, jury and attorneys on both sides may have otherwise missed.

Impaired Drivers Death v Tiger Woods

The family of an alcohol and THC impaired driver may have difficulty proving that their son was just a “habitual drunkard.” This wrongful death lawsuit must prove to the court that their son was served alcohol while the bartender knew their son had a history of alcoholism. If not dismissed, this could result in dueling expert witnesses in order to consider the following:

  1. THC unequivocally suppresses the vomiting reflex.
  2. Death secondary to alcohol overdose can be prevented by vomiting.
  3. The combination of alcohol and THC is more likely to cause death than either alone, as was the case with Jimi Hendrix (Jimi Hendrix was much more of a weed smoker than alcohol imbiber, and Jimi Hendrix was drinking with a friend in Jimi’s UK bar when he overdosed and was incorrectly sat up straight in the emergency medical vehicle instead of more correctly lying him down with his head to the side so as to not aspirate, choke and die).
  4. THC was also present in Mr. Immesberger’s blood stream.
  5. Is Mr. Immesberger’s family’s wrongful death lawsuit a non-starter because “habitual drinker” excludes THC use?
  6. Could Mr. Immesberger be alive today if he had not also used THC?
  7. Could Mr. Immesberger have stopped drinking alcohol sooner if he was not on THC?
  8. Might Mr. Immesberger have shown and perceived signs of alcohol intoxication sooner had he not been on THC?
  9. Was it the responsibility of Tiger Woods’ bartender to know Immesberger’s history of alcoholism?
  10. Should the bartender have reviewed Mr. Immesberger’s medical history before serving him?
  11. Should the bartender have tested Mr. Immesberger’s blood alcohol level before he departed?
  12. Should the bartender have tried to convince Mr. Immesberger to call a cab?
  13. Is there a witness(es) that recalls Mr. Immesberger leaving the bar with an intoxicated gate or normal gate?
  14. Is there a witness(es) that recalls Mr. Immesberger leaving the bar with intoxicated speech or normal speech?
  15. Is there a witness(es) that recalls Mr. Immesberger leaving the bar with a distressed facial expression, or normal facial expression?
  16. Was Mr. Immesberger not responsible for his own recovery?
  17. Was Mr. Immesberger’s family attending Families Anonymous and/or recovery sensitive counseling?

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. Immesberger and his family and friends. Memory eternal. Mr. Immesberger’s death is both tragic and sad, and just another reminder of how drug abuse extinguishes lives each and every day.


The best way to catch glimpses of your own repetitive self-defeating behaviors is to disturbingly see it operating in others. Substance abuse is not as much about drug use as it is about quieting the haunting recurring day mares of fear, worry, betrayal and hate. Recovery is a treasure map to thankfulness, gratitude and hope, to name a few. Substance use disorders are without question the leading cause of death globally. Yes, more prevalent than heart disease, cancer, stroke or atrial fibrillation, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and mood disorders.

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