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The Ten Most Addictive Drugs in the World

The Ten Most Addictive Drugs in the World

  Dutch scientists conducted a study recently in order to determine what drugs are the most addictive and why. The researchers used their findings to generate a “dependency rating” for each drug. Those with the highest dependency rating are considered the most expensive. The drugs were rated on a precise scale of 0 to 3. In real life, there are many factors that contribute to the likelihood that you will become addicted to drugs, such as your … Read entire article »

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

Blackouts

  Throughout my abuse of drugs in my addiction I used many different substances, some of which when I ingested enough caused me to blackout.  The worst blackouts occurred when abusing multiple drugs at the same time, which was what I did daily.  Certain combinations caused me to blackout and do things I did not intend on doing before blacking out. Pills and liquor mixed with a lot of marijuana was my favorite mix of drugs, and the worst blackouts happened while taking benzodiazepines like Xanax, Valium, and Ativan, or sleeping pills like Ambien, Lunesta, or even Seroquel while drinking.  For me, once I have one substance in my system, I begin taking as many other substances as I could; anything that was available was going to be ingested. The blackouts happened many … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Substance Abuse

Benzos: Getting Hooked on Anxiety

  Benzodiazepines are a depressant and are most commonly prescribed for anxiety and, specifically, panic attacks. The four most common ones are Xanax, Ativan, Valium, and Klonopin.  They are all becoming more and more commonly prescribed. I had my first run in with Benzo’s when I was 15.  My friend had been prescribed them for the panic attacks he was having in school.  I remember he had told me he had about thirty 2mg Xanax bars at home in his parents room, since his mom was holding them for safety.  We had planned it out so that he would save up a few as she was giving them to him, so we can each take two together at school.  So the day finally came and we each took two apiece, which were … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Mental Illness

The Many Varities of 12 Step Programs

The Many Varities of 12 Step Programs

  As an addict, it is in my nature to flood my brain’s pleasure centers. After a night of riding the tidal waves, I come to in a pool of spilled bourbon and stale sweat. I begin to feel at home in the deep end, dependent on the bottom feeders. What begins as a problem with benzos and alcohol might grow to include codependency or addictive thrill-seeking behaviors. I begin to associate the desperation of the morning … Read entire article »

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Rigorously Honest and Sober: Step 4

Rigorously Honest and Sober: Step 4

  To be rigorously honest, I’m terrified of my part in it.  I’ve also been completely turned upside down as to my part in it all. He put me in a box and then spun it on its corner, making it seemingly impossible for me to find perspective, find my bearings. So to delve into the reality of it all in all this darkness seems beyond my reach. Yet, to be active in my program and … Read entire article »

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