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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

Actor Nick Stahl’s Whereabouts Uncovered; He Was Trying to Score Crystal Meth

  As of last May, no one has heard anything concerning actor Nick Stahl’s whereabouts after he went missing for four days, encouraging his estranged wife, Rose Murphy, to file a missing persons report in fear that he was dead from an overdose. But just recently, a source who wanted to remain anonymous and is now clean and sober, spoke to about the actor’s current condition. “It was around 12 noon in broad daylight when Nick and I started up a conversation about drug use. I was leaving the clinic and I recognized Nick right away so I said hello.  He was wearing jeans, a red shirt and a green jacket and he looked real bad, like he was up all night – blood shot eyes and all. He said he was waiting … Read entire article »

Filed under: Alcohol and Drugs, Celebrity News, Latest News

Coming to Terms with My Marijuana Addiction

  I am a recovering marijuana addict. I smoked heavily through a period of about seven years from my senior year in high school to a year or so after college when, finally, I surrendered and decided to go to rehab in 2007. By 2010, after going through a few rehabs and treatment centers and a year of living on my own, I relapsed and got back into smoking weed heavily for a few months, and my parents and I decided that I should go to rehab again, this time in California. Part of my motive for moving to California was that I thought I could get medical marijuana, but this was highly dissuaded by everyone on my treatment team. That didn’t keep me from trying it out. About six months after having … Read entire article »

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

Bewitched By The Needle

  There have been untold numbers of articles written about how using drugs intravenously can cause an addiction to go from bad to worse, and I can definitely attest to that.  However, I experienced something much more than a full-blown drug addiction when I started shooting up at the age of seventeen.  Being introduced to the world of needles caused an intense mental addiction to the act of putting a needle in my veins, no matter what substance was in the syringe itself. My drug addiction started quite early and I was on and running from the start. I was fourteen years-old when I had my first drug experience with cocaine, which I kept in my Catholic High School locker room and snorted with a peer.  A couple of skeletal lines and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Recovery, Substance Abuse

Self-Medicating in Sobriety

  What is self-medicating?  Most would think of it as abusing drugs and alcohol to fill some sort of void.  But in reality, self-medicating could be anything.  Every self-medicating behavior is a result of some sort of underlying issue.  The reasons for self-medicating are many, though it generally comes down to a desire for instant gratification as means to distract from things we have little or no control over and choose to run away from rather than face head on. Self-medicating before sobriety: Many people turn to drugs and alcohol to help with anxiety or depression.  According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), approximately half of all people diagnosed mentally ill engage in substance abuse.  Studies show that the more trauma and/or stressors people face, the more likely they are to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Recovery

Learning to Detach

  I read from Touchstones daily.  It is a book of daily meditations for men in recovery.  Normally I find it hard to relate to the readings.  In fact, not relating to the readings has made me feel very insecure about my sobriety and my program in the past.  Today’s reading (featured at the bottom of this page) was very relevant to where I am at in my life today, at this very moment.  It really hit close to home for me. Today’s reading was all about detachment. Detaching, for me, has been quite the struggle.  I find it very interesting that the synonym used in the dictionary for the word “detachment” is separation.  You see, I am a crystal meth addict who became addicted to heroin because my best friend was.  In … Read entire article »

Filed under: Life, Recovery


  Now that you’ve gotten off of drugs, you may feel that you are not completely ready to remain sober.  You may feel that you didn’t do enough drugs, you didn’t get a good enough high when you did drugs, that you never tried a particular drug you’re curious about, or that you never really hit a bottom.  These are reservations that can lead you to relapsing and are a common reason why people relapse. For me, hearing people in recovery talk about drugs can make me want to try them or do them again.  Knowing that I will never feel the influence of a substance again is hard to deal with because for so long they made me feel so good.  I possess reservations about the drugs I never tried, and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Life, Recovery

City of Los Angeles Votes to Ban Medicinal Marijuana

City of Los Angeles Votes to Ban Medicinal Marijuana

  The City of Los Angeles recently voted on a city-wide ban of all medicinal marijuana dispensaries which could put more than 1,000 shops out of business. Police Chief Charlie Beck has claimed that, “dispensaries can be hot spots for crime” and citied various burglaries, armed robberies and killings before a city council.  Whether these dispensaries contribute to the crime rate within these “hot spots” is unknown. I would pose the question, “What about the crime rates … Read entire article »

Filed under: Latest News, Life

Step Nine: Moving from Apologies to Amends

Step Nine: Moving from Apologies to Amends

  I recently started working on my ninth step.  My sponsor and I went over the Twelve and Twelve’s chapter on step 9 and then discussed the importance of the amends process and how they differ from the standard “I’m sorry” apology.  She stressed that I generally should avoid the term “sorry.”  I found that odd at first, because I had thought that essentially was the point of the ninth step, to admit our fault through … Read entire article »

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  Sex in recovery has been a bizarre and insightful experience.  Not only did I have to “relearn” the dating process after years of doped out smooth talking and dive bar pick-ups, I had to fully understand what purpose sex had in my life, as well as how to be intimate with someone without being an ultra-sensitive, newly sober teenager-in-a-man’s body.  I should note that my drug of choice was heroin, though I would eat any … Read entire article »

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