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Leaving the Lifestyle Behind

As most addicts and alcoholics will tell you, getting sober by itself is difficult. Going through the physical detox, feeling crazy because of the mental and physical cravings and a whole host of other things make physically getting off of drugs and alcohol seem impossible to using addicts and alcoholics. I never anticipated that, in addition to leaving drugs behind, I would have to leave the lifestyle that I had grown so used to behind as well. I never imagined how difficult that part of my journey towards sobriety would be, and it has proved to be one of the hardest parts of truly being sober for me. When I was using, I lived a dangerous, unhealthy lifestyle – unsurprisingly. My life was consumed by crime, from dealing drugs to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Life, Recovery

Tweak: A Story of Hope Lost and Hope Found

Tweak: A Story of Hope Lost and Hope Found

  There are some pieces of literature that paint vivid, accurate pictures of the lives of using addicts. Among these greats is the memoir Tweak, a book that chronicles Nic Sheff‘s journey of addiction, rehab, recovery, relapse, and all of the terrifying, bewildering, and amazing moments that amounted to his life at the time. When I read this book, I cried and laughed and sat in the confusion that describes my own journey into addiction, including time … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Recovery

Defining Addiction

Defining Addiction

  We hear people say all the time how they are addicted to a certain substance, person or act, but what really defines an addiction?  Traditionally, the term addiction had been limited to drugs and alcohol.  Nowadays however, it seems as though people can be addicted to just about anything.  The New York Times recently reported major addictions that are a little out of the ordinary including video games, watching television, and junk food (Peele). With these … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Conditions and Disorders

Successful Songwriter Ultimately Succumbs to Alcohol’s Poisonous Grasp

  In this truly tragic account of another life cut short, a successful musician dying young catches the national spotlight once again. Jason Molina, the songwriter behind Songs: Ohia and the Magnolia Electric Co., passed away at his home in Indianapolis at the tender age of only 39. Rarely does anyone ever drink them self to death. But it does happen.  Perhaps this kind of thing goes on more than we realize, behind shut doors? The public rarely hears about it. When drinking comes to the point of being self-destructive such as in the case of Indie singer Jason Molina you have to consider that their wounds were self-inflicted and borderline suicidal. The Ohio native, who between 1997 and 2009 put out several records under his two band names and his own … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Celebrity News, Latest News, Substance Abuse, Treatment

Strangers in Recovery

Strangers in Recovery

There is something interesting and different about our interactions with strangers, as opposed to people we are already acquainted with. It is almost like we leave an impression of ourselves in a single exchange of words. But that impression exists within our own minds, and we carry it with us as we move forward in our lives, no matter how trivial. What kind of impressions do you leave? And how does that shape us as individuals? … Read entire article »

Filed under: Life, Recovery

FDA Concerned over Growing Rate of Prescription Opioid Abuse

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration are becoming alarmed at the increasing rate of prescription drug abuse in the United States, specifically opioid painkillers. Opioids are chemical compounds that bind to specific opioid receptors in the brain, the central and peripheral nervous system, and other tissues in the body. Opioids are found in prescription painkillers such as hydrocodone (Vicodin,) oxycodone (Oxycontin) and hydromorphone (Dilaudid) and are typically prescribed by doctors following a physical injury or surgery. Used as a painkiller, the analgesic effects of opioid use include decreased perception and reaction to pain, as well as feelings of euphoria. These affects, combined with the high potency of many of today’s opioid painkillers, gives them a high potential for abuse and dependence. The current data on prescription opioid abuse and addiction is … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Latest News, Substance Abuse

Circling the Drain, Keeping my Head Above

  When I think of songs that remind me of my life as an active addict, Katy Perry is not usually the first artist that pops into my mind. However, her song Circle the Drain is the first song that comes into my mind when I think of how I made others feel, and why I never want to go back to where I was. It paints an accurate picture of how we as addicts and alcoholics break hearts, cause damage, and leave wreckage as we self-destruct. Broken promises, wasted potential, becoming the exact people we once despised, looking desperately to be saved, and ultimately hurting ourselves and others. This song, and the circumstances surrounding it, reminds me of the friends I’ve lost and how much worse things can get, if … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Celebrity News, Recovery, Substance Abuse

Stop Acting Like a Child: Parenting in Recovery

Stop Acting Like a Child: Parenting in Recovery

  As I listened to the little voice on the other end of the phone my heart broke. “He needs me, my family needs me; what am I doing here?” I thought to myself. “I’ll be home in a couple weeks baby,” I said to my five year old as I tried not to cry. It had already been over a month since I had seen my family and this was my third time in a recovery program. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Recovery, Substance Abuse

Genetics and Addictions: What Predisposition Really Says About Becoming an Addict

  Addiction is a touchy topic, especially when it comes to the relationship of genetics causing a dependence of any sort. Recent studies have proved that while genetics can play a large role in predisposition, they cannot prove that someone will or will not become an addict, as addiction is a complex disease related to the interaction of both genetics and environmental factors.  After all, someone can be the only addict in their family, or they can be the only non-addict. No matter what role genetics play in a person’s likelihood of addiction, the focus should be on progress in terms of both the science of genetics and the treatment and prevention of addiction based on this available information. While genetics are not 100% responsible for a person’s descent into addiction, they … Read entire article »

Filed under: Substance Abuse

Shame and Relapse

Shame and Relapse

  Shame, a toxic feeling that is often confused with guilt, is seen by many professionals to be an issue at the core of addiction. In fact, a new study from the University of British Columbia shows that an alcoholic who feels shame about past drinking may be at greater risk for relapse and other health problems. Why is shame associated so heavily with addiction? And is there a way for addicts and alcoholics to acknowledge … Read entire article »

Filed under: Alcohol and Drugs, Recovery, Substance Abuse, Treatment

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