ADDICTION

Aaron in Addiction
March 11, 2017

From One Fix to Another

“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.…“

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Aaron in Addiction
March 10, 2017

Losing Your Identity

“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.…“

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Ray Clauson in Addiction
February 19, 2017

How Did It Go So Wrong?

“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.

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Aaron in Addiction
February 13, 2017

Hi, My Name is _____ and I’m a Liar

“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.

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Aaron in Addiction
February 7, 2017

An Addict's Responsibility

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.

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Ray Clauson in Addiction
February 4, 2017

Don’t Have a Wasted Life

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.

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Cori Buck in Addiction
January 26, 2017

Being an Addict and Loving an Addict

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.…

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Ray Clauson in Addiction
January 25, 2017

The Closet Drinker

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…

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Daniel Humphreys in Addiction
January 13, 2017

Playing with My Life

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.

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Cori Buck in Addiction
January 9, 2017

The Price of Hospitality

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.…

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Aaron in Addiction
December 12, 2016

Cooking and Addiction

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.

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Aaron in Addiction
September 30, 2016

The Athlete’s Addiction

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.

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Aaron in Addiction
September 5, 2016

The Day I Should Have Stopped

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.

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Aaron in Addiction
August 8, 2016

The Horror Show of the American Addiction Epidemic

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.

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Aaron in Addiction
June 28, 2016

Naloxone Availability

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.

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Derek Heiblim in Addiction
June 22, 2016

Overdose: through the Eyes of an Addict

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.

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Aaron in Addiction
May 4, 2016

The Wake Up Call

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.

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Derek Heiblim in Addiction
April 11, 2016

Is Addiction Really In My Blood?

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.

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Aaron in Addiction
March 31, 2016

Painkillers Prescribed to Children

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.

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Aaron in Addiction
March 9, 2016

The Zombie Drug

Spice, K2, Mojo, or fake weed is a drug that has taken off and been responsible for many problems over the last several years, with authorities fighting to keep it off the streets.

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