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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 »

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

The Past Meets the Present in My Recovery

The Past Meets the Present in My Recovery

  In recovery, we work hard to acknowledge our past, make peace with it, and move forward. Despite all of our efforts, there are times when our pasts will show up uninvited into our lives. This can be a very jarring experience, because it brings together two very different aspects of our lives: our lives in recovery and our lives in active addiction. We can choose to react to these situations rationally or emotionally; we can … 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 »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Recovery, Research, Spirituality

Why I Still Love Drugs, But Love Recovery Even More

Why I Still Love Drugs, But Love Recovery Even More

  I love drugs.  I didn’t get into the rooms of recovery because I hated drugs.  I got sober for quite the opposite reason: I actually loved them way too much to the point where they ruled (and ruined) everything.  I always find it interesting when I encounter someone in the rooms that has an almost hypocritical disdain for drugs and alcohol, like some sort of newfound AA born-again piety.  You don’t have to hate drugs … Read entire article »

Filed under: Alcohol and Drugs, Recovery, Substance Abuse

Vivitrol Saved Me from Heroin Addiction

Vivitrol Saved Me from Heroin Addiction

  A little over a year ago, I was desperately fighting an addiction to IV use of heroin. My fate seemed bleak. My family members had accepted the reality that at any moment they could receive “the call” — the call that I had overdosed and was dead. I had already overdosed, while using alone one grimly beautiful summer afternoon, but was found in time by my ex-boyfriend to be resuscitated. Many are not so lucky.  … Read entire article »

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Staying Sober

Staying Sober

  One of the most valuable things I have learned in AA is that I have the ability to change my own perception. I can shift from a mindset of positivity and gratefulness rather than one of fear and pessimism. I have the ability to change the lens through which I view things daily. I do not have to let them bring me down and ruin my day and most importantly. I do not have to … Read entire article »

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Gaining Independence in Recovery

Gaining Independence in Recovery

  This past weekend, I had the privilege of attending the 2013 NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) National Convention in San Antonio, Texas. It was my mom’s idea for the two of us to go. She doesn’t have a diagnosed mental disorder, but I was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder five years ago, and my family recognized that I was having mental health issues ten years ago. My mom, along with my family, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Mental Illness, Recovery, Substance Abuse, Treatment

A Recovery Not So Black and White

  In these last three months of sobriety, it has been good for me to cuss, tell dirty jokes, dress immodestly, not go to church, and have casual sex. This is all part of my recovery from substance abuse. Here is why. Over the past few years, I have attempted getting sober a few times, but after a few months of it, I would keep relapsing. This time around, having realized that, if nothing changes then—well—nothing changes. I have made the conscious decision to go about sobriety much differently than I have in the past and, so far, it has made a big and positive difference for me. By nature, I am a perfectionist and also have had a strict religious upbringing, and tend to err on the religiously fanatical side of things. In … Read entire article »

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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 »

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Jamie King: Success Story

  A young model named Jamie King living in New York City in the early 90′s, when heroin chic wasn’t just a term to describe a look created by makeup and Photoshop. A life absorbed by the chaos of drug addiction, pain, confusion and youth, in the extremely competitive world of fashion and entertainment. A love lost to health problems and drugs…the same ones that the pretty, youthful model couldn’t seem to quit, no matter how hard she tried. Fast forward twenty-something years and find a successful, beautiful, married actress expecting a child. They look like as different as day and night, but they are the same person. You’re looking at Jamie King in 2013, glowing and sober, living a life that is very different than the one she was headed for. This is … Read entire article »

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