If you have been in recovery at all, I'm sure you have heard the phrase “relapse is part of recovery.“ That right there has always been a cliche that I have had a hard time wrapping my head around. It gives addicts the ultimate excuse to continue using.
Loneliness can be hard to deal with during the beginning of recovery when your options for companionship are just your family or people you used to know, back when you were still using.
Any family who has ever dealt with a loved one on meth can attest that it is one of the most heart-breaking addictions. The person will disappear for days or even months at a time with the parents left to wait for the phone call that the worst has happened.
Someone you care about is clearly an addict. Or, not so clearly… maybe you suspect it. If you suspect it, they usually are. Let’s face it, the signs of drug addiction are not subtle. However, it’s not something anybody wants to be true. We don’t want THAT to be happening.
When someone spends every day putting drugs and into their system, simply getting sober only handles part of the problem. Many addicts find that even though it is good to be sober, they still feel the damage done to their body.
Oregon is working on a bill to defelonize the possession of small amounts of heroin and cocaine. When this was first brought up, it caused much controversy because law abiding citizens felt it was crazy that someone would not be arrested if they had cocaine or heroin.
“From a mom’s side of a heroin addiction, I hope this article helps lift someone’s spirit or helps them with a direction. I get to see my success story live every day and I pray others get to experience the same.” —Mother of Narconon Graduate
Each time someone uses drugs or alcohol, they are essentially poisoning their bodies. This mainly goes unnoticed for the duration of their abuse. Drugs take the person out of what is happening right in front of them and puts all of their attention on the euphoric feeling they get from the substance.
An enabler is defined as a person who encourages negative or self-destructive behavior in another. This is the definition I found on the internet and reading the meaning is hurtful. What parent wants to be referred to as being an enabler to their drug addicted child?
For those suffering from addiction or connected to someone who is, holidays are a time when life becomes real. Many addicts go through the motions of daily life while hiding their use and keeping things off the radar… at least for the most part.