The brain of a cocaine addict goes through a change which is not always reversible.
One of the downsides to being an athlete is you are prone to minor or major injuries, especially in contact sports.
Since the beginning of the coronavirus, there has been a rise in drug and alcohol abuse. The CDC reported almost 71,000 overdoses in 2019 alone, with 50,042 of those cases opioid related. In the first four months of 2020, there was an 11.
Once the physical side addressed, the focus turns to the mind and spirit. This portion is probably the most critical part of recovery. There are issues and problems a user has never confronted, and continuously running from them has created even more.
Does a functional addict exist, or are they like a unicorn, a mystical creature existing only in the mind?
There was a point where I began to want to get sober. During the last two years of the four years I was with my boyfriend I went back and forth about this in my head.
Over the years, many people tried to get me to use heroin. My fear of the unknown and possible overdose prevented me from doing so. I finally crossed that threshold. On my usual search for pills, I came up with nothing.
At some point, I stopped taking my Adderall because the doctor wanted me to start seeing her every month. I was not about to start letting her inspect me face to face while clearly sleep-deprived and strung out on Amphetamines and painkillers.
Growing up, I was a very hyper child and craved attention. At the age of 12, around the time of my brother’s death, I went into counseling for his passing. I received a prescription of Seroquel and Klonopin for sleep and anxiety.
A common misconception of addicts is that they care only about themselves. This misconception comes from the behavior of drug users when they are using. Working in the addiction treatment field for almost a decade has taught me this is far from the case.