In this Detroit News article, indicted local lawmaker Larry Inman talks about the treatment that he received for opioid addiction. Inman claims that he’s not guilty for asking for bribes because he had an opioid addiction. But his addiction is not so bad that he can’t be a good state rep, or so he says. He’s really in the sweet spot of addicted so no accountability, but not addicted so power/money/influence. Accountability and power/money/influence should always go hand in hand but let’s stay on topic.
Inman makes a comment that’s quoted in the article that I find pretty interesting.
Inman says, “I’m grateful to be alive, grateful that I met the forensic doctor, grateful that I got my head clear, and I’m clean and ready to go.”
The forensic doctor.
Is he talking about meeting the expert witness that will ultimately testify on his behalf? They are called forensic doctors. Was that his opioid treatment — preparing an expert defense for court? What was the treatment part of his treatment? Inpatient? Outpatient? How many treatment sessions? Consisting of what? What does he do today to maintain his sobriety? Does he go to meetings? Inman doesn’t talk about any more specifics of his treatment other than that he knows he’s “clean and ready to go” as if sobriety isn’t a struggle to maintain on a daily basis.
Did Inman really treat an opioid addiction, or did he line up an expert witness as part of a defense strategy? Maybe we’ll get to find out if/when the case goes to trial.