“Throughout this life, we all experience challenging moments. Though these obstacles seem never ending and traumatic, what we gain from these hardships can make the experience all worthwhile. On November 2, 2015, I was in a brutal accident.“
Schools are out, people are leaving on vacations and there will be a lot of swimming and fun in the sun. During these months, alcohol consumption increases and can result in a summer specific side effect of drinking alcohol.
The main thing I remember about being a pill popping, coke snorting, heroin smoking, alcoholic was fear. Several types of fear in fact and each to varying degrees. From the slight fear of having cops bust in while nodding out, to the absolute terror of running out of dope.
We commonly say lives are invaluable and saving a life, any life, is worth any effort, any expense. But do we mean it? The concept of assigning a price tag to a life has always made people intensely squeamish. Who assigns the value? I’ll look at the birth of my two sons.
There are very few cases where an addict is born being addicted. Most of the time it is a person's choice to be an addict. People use many different tools for addiction, whether it be drugs, alcohol, food, etc… the most dangerous of course being drugs and alcohol.
How could she use drugs? Look what a beautiful child she has….. How could someone choose drugs over their own baby? Shouldn't her child be enough to get her sober? These are just a few questions and comments people make when the topic is brought up of a mother who is also a drug addict.
Before the current heroin epidemic, before crack cocaine was created, even before the war on drugs started, one substance was destroying families and individuals from the inside out.
Humans are interesting beings; born with love, kindness, hope and an urge toward survival. These four components define us as individuals and allow us to experience what it truly means to be alive. However, when we succumb to drugs and alcohol, all of these gifts are taken away from us.…
This is a commonly shared belief when it comes to people getting clean from drugs and alcohol. Many believe an addict has to reach their “rock bottom“ before they can actually get better.
“Every opiate addict shares one single fear. I’m not talking about the possibility of death, even though when one thinks of an opiate addiction, they visualize the risk of an overdose. However, from the addict’s point of view, the fear of death is distant.
Each time you hit rock bottom, it’s unimaginably worse than the last. Why does the bottom keep dropping? I’m slowly falling down, trying to grasp onto anything to keep me afloat. Yet again, I have hit the bottom. Hitting rock bottom is a different experience for everyone.
It wasn’t until I was told the disease model was a hoax and I could have the life I wanted, that things began to get better. Addiction does not fit in the category of a disease, even on a textbook level.…
It is 11 am. I am on my way to class in my car and all I can think about is how badly I am failing the class, how I lost my job, and how my relationship is based on lies. I pull in and sit in the parking lot for a second thinking about everything wrong with my life till I can’t bear it anymore.
“Addiction hopping is common when people come off drugs. Without substances to turn to, they are looking for a way to escape the world, to feel good, feel nothing, or feel some other sensation.…“
“Drugs damage relationships. There’s no question getting high drives a wedge between family, friends, significant others, coworkers, etc. But what about the relationship with ourselves. “Using drugs is an all-consuming activity.…“
“I took a long look back and asked how did I become such a bad alcoholic and addict? “ I found I started like most other children, watching family members drinking having fun and laughing. It seemed this was mostly during get-togethers and family outings.
“The past 17 years, my life has revolved around women, drugs and deception. All of which gave me a false sense of security and happiness that I would never find until the one day I became totally honest and put all my cards on the table.” “I’m 32 years old and had a great childhood.
As the sun begins to rise, I roll over feeling like I am in a trance. I glance at my watch and realize I have class in an hour. I throw on whatever clothes I can find and move as quick as one can move while in a daze. I pull into the parking lot still thinking of yesterday’s high.
The Earth is a little over 4.5 billion years old. Mammals didn't evolve until 200 million years ago and our own species, Homo sapiens evolved 200,000 years ago. So, humans have been around for a mere 0.004% of the Earth's history. Earth is home to millions of species, yet just one dominates it. Man.
I’m wandering aimlessly through the house anticipating the next high. Our drug dealer finally comes through with a fix. Never on time, but he finally gets here.…
Both young and older alcoholics go to the ends of the earth to hide their addiction from all, even other alcoholics. Here are some signs I had as a closet drinker…
Over the years video games have literally played their way into millions of lives. As a past gamer myself, I know how easy it is to get caught in the game. It's a rush of adrenaline. You don't want to step away. It's late and you are sleepy, but you still want to keep playing.
The late Saturday morning hour ticks by and soon enough becomes the afternoon. The sun is higher in the sky and the pounding in my head is at its peak. I’m coming down and groggy. The only logical remedy is one thing—more drugs. My shift starts in an hour.…
His chef’s uniform is still impeccably white even after several hours of work. He looks out to the floor of the restaurant noting the dinner rush of customers is starting to pour in. He ducks down and snorts something.
What is the first thing you think of when steroids are discussed? Is it positive? Negative? What comes to mind for me is the vision of an extremely large man with bulging muscles like we see in body building competitions.
The day I should have stopped began at 10 am in Portland, Oregon while I was on vacation. As I walked down the street to a small brunch place to grab a coffee, I had no idea what was in store for me later that day. I went to downtown Oregon to visit Pioneer Courthouse Square.
The Horror Show of the American Addiction Epidemic Although frightening, the reality of our addiction situation in this country needs to be confronted. Gone are the days of an addict being considered simply a problem in the family for an indeterminate amount of time.
Naloxone, often found under the brand name Narcan is a opiate antagonist used on overdose victims to block opiate receptors and reverse the overdose. Taking naloxone results in an opiate addict going into withdrawals and requires medical attention after being administered.
He puts a needle to his arm and injects the heroin. It travels through his bloodstream and enters the brain. There the heroin converts to morphine, which binds to and activates mu-opioid receptors in the brain.
For seven years I struggled with anorexia and bulimia, constantly paralyzed by depression and anxiety. Multiple inpatient and outpatient stays at hospitals and programs did not stop the obsessive thoughts, self-hate, and quest for perfection.
Is Addiction Really In My Blood? As one who has suffered with addiction, I didn’t think there was anything that could be done to “cure me.” I grew up with the stories of how bad Grandpa’s gambling was and how numerous family members were alcoholics and drug addicts.
Oxycontin approved for children 11 -16 In August of 2015, the Food and Drug Administration approved the powerful narcotic painkiller, Oxycontin for children ages 11-16. Since that point, there has been a great deal of controversy and criticism.