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Musicians and Addiction

Why do many musicians fall victim to addiction? Of course this question cannot be decisively answered, every case is different. But with addiction running rampant among musicians since the jazz era, there are common themes. Addiction surfaces throughout all careers. Maybe increased drug use among musicians is just our perception; maybe they just happen to be the ones which are allowed to admit the truth about their struggle. A notorious example is Kurt Cobain. Cobain had the odds stacked against him, a predisposition to addiction and mental illness, fame over a short period of time and the money that comes with it. Kurt Cobain was unable to navigate his new-found status and didn’t want be the representation of a generation. Falling deeper into heroin addiction and reclusive patterns, Kurt Cobain said goodbye … Read entire article »

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Poverty and Addiction

Poverty and Addiction

It is hard to tell whether poverty increases drug use, or drug use increases poverty. Either point can be infinitely debated. What cannot be debated is the higher rate of drug addiction within lower socio-economic neighborhoods. The term drug culture is often used to describe the inner city of Baltimore, Los Angeles, or New York. To create a drug culture there has to be widespread and generational involvement with drugs, for example, children born to addicted … Read entire article »

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Rave Culture: The Dark Side

The rave culture has been around for a very long time. If you consider the definition of a rave to be a place where large groups of young people gather with the intention of connecting through commonly loved music, then raves are timeless as well as generational. Historically and to this day, these dance festivals have a high incidence of drug use. On August 31, 2013 in Randall’s Island, NY a rave called Electric Zoo was held. Unfortunately, this event did not end well. The three-day event was cancelled a day early because partying on the second day ended with two people dead. Both ravers were under the age of twenty-five and their deaths were attributed to MDMA overdose. MDMA, also known as ecstasy (pill form) and molly (powder form), is the … Read entire article »

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My Path to Sobriety and Gratefulness

  After being in rehab for over five months and achieving sobriety, I have finally turned my cell phone back on. However, my old friends and connections back home where I was involved in the drug scene were unaware of this. This is not to say I haven’t been in contact with my friends. I am the type of drug addict who compartmentalizes his addiction. I have some really good friends whom I will always stay in contact with no matter what. On the other hand there has always been another area of friends who I am solely involved with due to drug use.  As much as I try to compartmentalize these two aspects of my life, they occasionally cross paths. This happened today. About thirty minutes ago I received a phone call … Read entire article »

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Addiction Treatment in America throughout History

  Approximately ten percent of the human population is addicted to mind-altering substances. Most of these people cannot stop using on their own and need help. Since the birth of America as a colony, addicts have sought help to stop using through various treatment methods, and some have remained viable for centuries. The first known self-help groups in America were conducted by Native Americans, who had been living on American soil for thousands of years prior to white settlement. Europeans brought a flurry of new ideas, technology, and culture with them to the new world. Unfortunately, these settlers also brought alcohol with them. The introduction of colonists and their alcohol in the lives of Native Americans proved to be devastating. Today, some theories suggest Native American people are genetically susceptible to addiction. … Read entire article »

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Calm Down

Calm Down

  All throughout my life (before I used, while I used, and during my sobriety) I just wanted everyone to calm down, bro. I always felt like everyone was just too hectic around me during all stages of my life. Some may say maybe it is I that is the hectic one and that I projected my feelings to others. If you think that, you need to calm down, bro. I’m not sure exactly what it … Read entire article »

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Top 5 Reasons To Sponsor People

Top 5 Reasons To Sponsor People

  So I have finished all my 12 steps and I am in a weird state of excitement for all I have gotten and continue to get from the steps. It’s been an amazing journey thus far. Now that I have completed my steps, my sponsor has suggested that I spread the message and start sponsoring others, which I look forward to doing. I have some nervousness with sponsoring kids, that is, until I realized all … Read entire article »

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Sober and Single On Valentines Day

Sober and Single On Valentines Day

  So it’s Valentine’s Day today. Here are some facts about me you should know: I am single and I’m sober. Trying to figure out what to do on Valentine’s Day to get out of my bitterness. Let’s be honest, people who hate Valentine’s Day are usually single. Just like most people who hate Christmas are Jews (I can say that, I’m Jewish. Google the rules).  If you are dating someone, you don’t hate Valentine’s Day. … Read entire article »

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Jean-Claude Van Damme Im Sober

Jean-Claude Van Damme Im Sober

  When I was a kid I was obsessed with Jean-Claude Van Damme movies. Bloodsport, Kickboxer, and Lionheart were staples in my childhood. These movies all had a common theme: something traumatic would happen in Van Damme’s life and he would go away and have a martial arts guru “show him the ways.” He then would come back with a vengeance and kick some major ass. I loved it. I wanted that to happen to me. … Read entire article »

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What Not To Wear In Rehab

What Not To Wear In Rehab

  Styles are an interesting thing when it comes to recovery. Rehab and AA meetings blend a unique group of people that have varied backgrounds and styles. I could talk about styles that I have noticed, but that’s boring… let’s talk about the lame styles. Those styles that make you display that cringe face that makes you look like you may or may not be constipated. Here are a few:   The 7AM High Heeler: At my rehab, … Read entire article »

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