I remember before I tried heroin, I asked someone what it was like. They said “it’s like a nice warm/numb feeling, it’s the best feeling ever, I don’t know how to explain it really” and they were right, but now if someone were to ever ask me what it’s like, I would tell them…
Social media is a platform unlike anything the world has ever seen, and I do see the potential to use this for good, especially when it comes to showing addicts there is a way out and that they can get better with the proper care, attention, and effort.
I wake up with a crick in my neck. It’s 7:30 am, I passed out sitting up on my couch for the last 6 hours. I’m still fully dressed. There is a cigarette butt with a fresh burn on the carpet beside my feet along with fresh burn-holes in my shorts…
When I reflect on my life as an addict, now from the perspective of a man who has left that lifestyle behind, it’s eye-opening to see just how much I failed to control any aspect of my life while using and abusing drugs and alcohol.
As we enter a new decade, business models for numerous industries are trying to keep up with the ever-evolving technologies that dictate how consumers choose to spend their money. There is one business model that is trying to keep up on an alarming trend when it comes to illicit drugs on the black market; highly concentrated, highly potent drugs with cheaper price tags.
As an addict, I was a bitter man. I was bitter when I didn’t have my drugs. I was bitter when I had them. I was bitter towards work because it was easier to place blame than to accept it.
I’m curious to see how this decade will be remembered in our history books. Will it be the decade that the country was delivered a sobering wake-up call when it comes to the opioid epidemic currently sweeping the country, the years in which we finally started laying the down the blueprint for handling addiction with the care and attention it needs? Or will it only be the beginning of something far more terrible and tragic?
When I talk to addicts, families of an addict, or friends of an addict, often there is a lack of urgency to find themselves or the person they love the help that is needed. I’d like to weigh the pros and cons of going to treatment vs. rolling the dice…
If you are the family member of an addict and are struggling with the idea of getting your loved one help, especially during this holiday season when so much is going on, I hope this message finds you.
It’s the time of year when families across the country attempt to take a step back and find the things in which they are thankful. Gratitude is given for things like food on the table, family, friends, health, our freedom and so on.