Substance abuse is challenging to overcome with many addicts going in and out of treatment several times before getting stable. One of the biggest things we advise families is to get the addict out of the area. A person’s environments have a huge impact on their lives.
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.
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.…
Where did addiction take me? I could tell dark stories of addiction because believe me there are plenty. I could exploit the dark memories of using drugs: where I was, who I was with, etc. Things I vaguely remember and things that are etched into my mind forever.
Stay at home mothers today have a lot demanded of them. They juggle many roles as they balance their family life, organize multiple schedules, keep a clean house, cook homemade meals, raise the children and help them with their homework.
Being born and raised in New Orleans, I have seen my fair share of natural disasters. Of course, Katrina was the most devastating and the first one to have an impact on my life. At that point, I had not developed a bad drug habit.
If you haven't been hit by addiction or helped a loved one who struggles with it, there are things you may not realize. A lesser known fact about addicts is they are not always crazed individuals who don't care for others or themselves. Surprisingly the opposite in many cases is true.
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.