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Joanne Miller Not My Fault

This is an email that I sent to my mother. Joanne Miller Not My Fault

I need you to understand that my addiction is not your fault. Parents are so hard on themselves. It doesn’t matter if you are the picture perfect parent, I know none of those. No one does, but the best ones I do know are hard on themselves. The people that think they are perfect, usually are not.
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Here right now I am releasing my parents of any thoughts that they are the reason. I am an adult, and my choices are my own. There are things I need help with that are overdue; that is all. In no way does that mean I blame you for the present, and the past is the past. We as parents all do the best we can with what we have and know. Believing that you love me is no issue. The issues I have now are my own.

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Please stop beating yourself up…I love you. There are some things that I have to look at about the person I am, not the parent that you were. When I talk about needing mental help, please don’t hear that as a mark of you or your parenting. You are my Mom, and you love me. My Dad loves me; that is not the problem. The problem lays within me. Loving myself in any way healthy has been an issue that I have always had.

It’s my shortcomings, something within my mind that tells me you are bad. You have always been bad and always will. I am trying to silence that voice in my head. It is something only I can do. I am lucky to have the support I have; I don’t even deserve it. Mom, don’t beat yourself up, I have done enough of that to you. I don’t blame anyone for my mistakes. They are my own, and that is what I am trying figure out.

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Nothing that happened before I became an adult matter. I chose to do what I do, and I take full responsibility. When you hear me say I need help and need to work through things in my past, it is not an attack on anyone. It is simply the truth. Please don’t take my issues upon yourself.

I love you; I forgive anything you are worried about or may think I blame you for. I don’t, it’s old news and has no bearing on the present. You did the best you could; I do the best I can with my children it is with myself that I fall short. I am so sorry for all the pain I have caused, how I wish I could take it away. All I can do now is work on the voice in my head that works so hard to destroy anything good in my life. That voice is not yours; it is mine. I love you.

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I sent this apology to my Mother in March.  I hope you enjoyed it.
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Crack, Smack, and Crystal: The Deadliest Drugs?

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Crack cocaine, heroin (or smack, to go by one of its many street names), and methamphetamine (crystal meth) are the drugs that we are most often warned to stay away from. But does that make them the deadliest drugs? Well their’s more to the story.

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Actually the reason why police, politicians, and educators make a big fuss about these three drugs is not because they cause the most deaths. You might be surprised to learn that alcohol is responsible for many more fatalities than any of this trio of chemicals.

The reason crack, smack, and crystal are so reviled is that they are considered to have extremely high addiction potential and can cause irreparable damage to users’ lives and minds.

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It’s important to point out that although these are considered very addictive drugs, anything can be addictive if you have a certain type of brain. Although fewer people get addicted to alcohol, compared to people who are able to drink normally, if you’re one of those people who is susceptible to alcoholism, booze can wreck your life just as much as illicit drugs.

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In fact, alcohol withdrawal can kill someone who is alcohol-dependent, whereas quitting any of these three drugs may be excruciatingly unpleasant, but going cold turkey can’t kill you, even if you’re a serious addict.

But there is something very sad about people who are causalities of crack, heroin, or crystal meth. If you have become a user, and have been doing any of these drugs for a long time, they sort of kill your body and soul in a way that is very difficult to recover from. That’s because these sorts of drugs actually make certain parts of your brain and nervous system die.

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Ex-heroin users often report feeling like ‘normal’ buzzes lose their thrill compared to smack, while crack users can have psychotic symptoms even after stopping use. Cleaned-up methamphetamine users have an inability to experience pleasure, which may actually be permanent in people who have used heavily.

Crystal is probably the worst of the lot, because of the deep and irreparable brain damage it can cause. Meth is often made with toxic ingredients like battery acid, paint thinner, drain cleaner – never good things to feed your body or your brain. Now you know why the anti-drug campaigns say “Not even once.”

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But whatever illegal drugs we are talking about, in the end it’s infinitely better never to try any of them, and to watch yourself carefully if you’re going to drink or take prescription drugs. Many people’s lives are ruined by pills and potions you can buy legally – and you never know if you’re going to be one who gets addicted.

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Heroin Addiction and Treatment

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Heroin is a highly addictive drug produced by morphine that is obtained from the opium poppy. Opiates and Heroin is one of the most severe substances abused in the whole world. In addition to health conditions caused by the drug itself, there are numerous of other risks connected with heroin addiction which is not much of an issue with other drugs. Heroin is used in a variety of ways, determined by user preference plus the purity of the drug.

 

Heroin can be injected right into a muscle, mixed in a marijuana joint or regular cigarette, injected into a vein, smoked in the water pipe or standard pipe,  inhaled as smoke by using a straw, or snorted as powder through the nose.

 

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), between 2002 and 2013, the speed of heroin-related overdose deaths nearly quadrupled in the Heroin Addiction And TreatmentUSA, and  8,200 people died in 2013.  The CDC cites heroin as one “illegal, highly addictive opioid drug.” Its overdose may result in slow and shallow breathing, coma or death.

It is a common practice with folks to use heroin along with drugs or alcohol. This is often a dangerous proposition since it increases the probability of an overdose manifold. Usually, heroin is injected, but people also smoke or snort it on occasion.

Individuals who inject heroin are at risk of severe, long-term viral infections WHICH includes HIV, Hepatitis C, and Hepatitis B, and also bacterial infections in the skin, bloodstream, and heart.

Not only in renowned rehabs just like the drug rehab centers, but heroin addicts undoubtedly are a regular feature among patients in hospitals even in a remote borough. Heroin use has skyrocketed in rural parts of the United States in the past years, triggered due to the widespread availability of inexpensive forms of the drug — in many cases cheaper than black-market prescription painkillers.

Who is at risk?

Heroin abuse has reached a dismal level which necessitates drastic measures to counter the harmful effects. The CDC identifies the following at a greater risk of getting addicted to  heroin:

  • Individuals who are dependent on cocaine
  • Persons who are addicted to prescription opioid painkillers
  • Individuals who are not insured or opted in for Medicaid
  • Non-Hispanic whites
  • Male and female from 18-25 years old
  • Individuals who are dependent on marijuana and alcohol
  • People living in a vast metropolitan area

Heroin Addiction Treatment

Heroin addiction treatment centers put up a unique plan for every heroin addict based on the previous discussion with the addicts, members of the family and addiction level of the person involved.  These centers provide residential and outpatient care on the addicts. The treatment centers provide a high amount of facilities and medication therapy programs for the addicts. These specialized facilities help heroin addicts to encounter a relaxed atmosphere knowing that it leads to personal reflection and healing for adults and young addicts.

Heroin use is directly related to HIV/AIDS and hepatitis, together with the problem of the heart and brain. To solve this problem, heroin drug rehabs are the most effective options for complete drug treatment.  Heroin rehabs design various types of programs for short term and long term care.  Inpatient drug treatment facilities are one of the best choices available for people seeking to recover from drug addiction.

Some drug addicts are managed by experienced drug treatment specialists who end up an accomplishing heroin recovery case. These drug rehab centers have a specialized team of professionals for every result oriented drug rehabilitation program, and experts from the industry provide many types of these programs. The staff of these drug rehabs is skilled with numerous experience in working with many drug addicts.

The treatment therapy is depending upon the average person addiction level. Most of the following methods are best drug recovery treatments that will help heroin addicts get over addictions

Detoxification

It withdraws the symptoms of heroin and gives a drug-free life to the addicts. It can be a long-term treatment that uses residential and outpatient treatment programs. The amount of this treatment is at least three to six months. During the treatment, drug rehabs use medications as part of the treatment.

Methadone programs

It’s is a secure and efficient program to treat addicted peoples before the last thirty years. The medication therapy is used in this program for 24 to 36 hours. Patients can come out of their mental and emotional reactions. Methadone eliminates the craving that affects on our relapse. Methadone dosages should be carefully monitored in patients who’re taking antiviral therapy for HIV infection.

Behavioral therapies

These combine residential and outpatient approaches. An important task would be to match the most effective treatment method to meet the particular needs of the addict. Cognitive-behavioral approach is built to modify the patient’s thinking and expectations.

LAAM and other medications

LAAM is like methadone used to take care of the heroin addiction. Methadone prevents the effects of heroin as much as seventy-two hours with little side effects. Its long duration of action permits dosing three times weekly. Another medication to take care of heroin addiction is Buprenorphine. It produces a lower level physical reliance.

Citations: Bright Futures – Heroin Addiction and Treatment

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Most who suffer from drug addiction know what it’s like to have oral hygiene problems. Many who struggle with crystal meth addiction develop what’s called “Meth Mouth.” However, not all of the people who struggle with the effects of lack of oral hygiene are addicted to crystal meth.

Many who survived the “Pain Pill Epidemic” were lucky to make it out with their lives, but not so much with the beautiful smiles they had prior. Most who were addicted to pain pills or actively ingesting them in anyway other than the way prescribed have left over issues with their teeth. The majority of the addicts recovered or still actively addicted have severe cavities and the enamel has been stripped from protecting their teeth.

Personal Experience with “Meth Mouth” from Prescription Pain Pill Addiction

I got sober in 2009 from alcoholism and drug addiction. I remember after about three months in recovery and I was feeling great! One day while I was sitting eating a submarine sandwich as I bit into it and heard a big crack. I was spitting out pieces of teeth left and right. My mouth hurt so badly and the pain was almost unbearable from my nerves being exposed.

I remember calling a dentist and asking for an appointment. Once I was at the appointment I recall the astounded look on his face with disgust as he took a closer look. I felt so ashamed of myself and I asked the dentist, “Can you help me smile again?” The dentist said, “Just relax.” I had to have almost all of my wisdom teeth extracted. Due to my own behavior had to see the dentist several times over the years and I am still not done with the work.

I was heavily addicted to blue Roxicodone 30s, which one would be enough to put a normal person on their ass for a day. The addiction I had called for anywhere between 30 and 50 a day. I recall not smiling for very long and after withdrawing several hundred times the toll it takes on your soul after 5 years of addiction, it’s hard to crack a real smile.

The biggest hope and Joy throughout the day is the smile you display in the face of the days adversity. ~Peter D.

The issue lay in the fact that the Oxycodone tablets rot away the enamel on your teeth, Having no enamel on your teeth will leave you prone to infection, gum bleeding and cavities. This can typically happen with many other things like coffee, acidic juices and cigarettes.  However, it’s easier to maintain your oral hygiene when your not ingesting 20 Roxi’s a day. Most addicts don’t really care to much about their personal appearance or their oral hygiene for that matter. They are sick and just want the next drug the cope with the withdrawal symptoms.

I would love nothing more than to smile again without fear of what others think. To have a nice pearly white to shine back with would be the greatest blessing. I’ve no choice, but to accept that prescription drug addiction did irreparable damage to my smile. I am blessed with the fact I survived and got sober. I’m blessed with the fact that I have a conscious contact with God.  To smile without fear would be the greatest gift an addict could receive.

If you’re struggling or have struggled with prescription drug addiction and have a hard time feeling comfortable smiling you’re not alone. First rid yourself of the active addiction and then work on the smile later.

The biggest hope and strength I can share is that I am happy and content with my life. I no longer need to struggle to wake up or find the next drug to feel better. Some days are hard, but most days are easy. Every day is better than any day I struggled with prescription drug addiction.

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I lived with a group of all male roommates when I was 18 and still experimenting. I had yet to know what full-blown drug addiction was.

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I lived in a city with a beautiful landscape surrounded by mountains, but I spent most of my 18th summer locked inside, smoking, snorting, and swallowing substances, instead of enjoying it. My roommate and best friend, Miles, always (at least in the beginning) had a lot of money, but I never saw him go to one day of work.

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He would make vague claims about his past in Seattle and the money he saved from working at a nice restaurant there. He would describe to me how easy it was to be nice and outgoing to the customers when he was on Oxy. I still couldn’t understand how someone could actually walk around and function, let alone go to work on this stuff.

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I had absolutely no money, (though I did have a car we could use so I felt I was contributing in a way), and he paid for everything. He even bought all of my paintings, which I had a stack of when I met him. He put them up all around the place. I didn’t paint again for quite a long time, although it used to be my number one passion.

 We did cocaine, pills, OxyContin, and smoked a lot of weed when none of those were available. I considered all of these people close friends of mine.

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One friend that would come over was named Spencer. Spencer had won 20 grand on a scratch ticket and had become a hardcore drug addict as the result. His poison was smoking oxy off of foil. He was big guy and pretty attractive a lot of bling, liked gold chains and rings but acted like a child a most of the time. He used to drive around, smoking oxy, get so high he would throw up out the window, and turn around and continue smoking more. A real dumb-ass once you got to know him

He would blow the smoke into a balloon and re-inhale it until it was gone. Sometimes he would pass the balloon to me. Spencer would either be really nice to me, or call me names. He would literally call me a bitch and say I was worthless, and then stop and smile and tell me I was awesome.

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Spencer and I used to bicker like siblings, and one day he and I, along with 3 or 4 other friends were sitting in Miles’s room smoking weed or something. Things escalated and I pushed him, it was playful and we were laughing and he pushed me to the floor, he was holding down my arms and I started getting a little freaked out and told him to get off me. Instead of getting off me he pulled my shirt down and I started getting really scared and screaming for him to stop. Instead of stopping he pulled my bathing suit top over in front of everyone. Everyone saw what happened and no one said anything, and when I recall this I wonder if they would have said anything if he proceeded to pull the rest of my clothes off or go even further than that.

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Thankfully it went no further than that and he got up off of me. I re-adjusted my top and left the room. I did not move out or stop talking to them like I probably should have, but just pretended nothing happened and continued living there. Luckily Spencer didn’t come over that often.

It wasn’t long after I discover Stop Frying Your Brain, they had lots of funny clips and great articles that I started reading. Then as I read, I slowly realized I had a pretty serious problem. One day I reached out to them. They hooked me up with a first class center. Great People.

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The Friend Who Introduced Me to My Undoing

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I was 18 when I met the person who would introduce me to my ultimate undoing, Oxycontin. His name was Miles. I was outside smoking a cigarette and he was the only other smoker there. I was sitting down leaning up against the wall of the porch, looking up at a shorter guy with a medium build, unkempt black hair and large hazel eyes. He had some weed stuffed into the end of his cigarette. It was the first time I’d heard of someone doing that.

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On the subject of pot, we moved on to talking about other drugs and found out we both loved them. We exchanged numbers and decided we were going to do an 8 ball (3 and a half grams) of coke the next day, and so we did. We sat in the living room of his dad’s house out in the country and sniffed it off the coffee table. From that day on we were inseparable.

The next day we walked around the park with 32 ounce Taco Bell cups filled half with Pepsi and half with rum. I doubt we shared more than a few sober minutes when we first met, and that was exactly how I preferred it. This way I did not have to think about anything stressful.

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Not long after first meeting, Miles asked me if I’ve ever tried pain pills, and handed me a yellow oval shaped one on my front porch. I had liked every substance I had tried thus far so I was excited to see what it was all about. After that we went to eat nachos. On the way to the restaurant it started hitting me.

It was a heavy feeling, but light. I was floating; my head and entire body were buzzing and tingling. I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face, every muscle in my body was relaxed, my mind was clear and free of worry. It was such a warm feeling and I absolutely loved it. I remember Miles looking at me and saying “Do you feel it yet?” and I just smiled in response.

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I thought Miles was the coolest. He was extremely intelligent and super nice to me and everyone I saw him interact with; even my mom liked him. He would look directly into someone’s eyes when meeting them, and shake their hand firmly, then he would proceed to ask them very interested questions about themselves and listen intently, usually making them laugh or smile in one way or another. He had the ability to connect with absolutely anyone. I had finally met my match when it came to being in love with drugs and wanting to do them as often as possible.

He was the exact same way, so instead of feeling bad about my addictive tendencies, I felt that they were acceptable and I was not a terrible person. What I had previously considered a questionable aspect of myself, I now found validated, and every day was an exciting adventure of exploring altered mind states. He did not consider getting high on various things as something to do “every once in a while”, or “on the weekends”, it was a way of life, and I loved this idea. He was always handing me random pharmaceutical drugs and I happily accepted all of them.

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Miles introduced me to OxyContin by handing me what looked like a tiny white speck of plaster and telling me to swallow it. I was thoroughly confused, especially after taking the yellow pills he had given me before that were much bigger. I didn’t think it would do anything to me but he said to trust him. We were both over at the mutual friend’s house we were at when we met when this occurred, and about a half hour later I ended up lying on the couch, unable to open my eyes from that tiny speck of a pill. I had to go to the bathroom a couple of times and lean over the toilet, unsure if I was going to get sick, but I don’t think I actually hurled that first time. This is how I got started.

Then I discovered Stop Frying Your Brain.com

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There was a time when I thought that if I kept my Oxycontin use to only work shifts, I would not get addicted. What a funny joke that is now. My dealer absolutely always had pills. All I had to do was text him and drive right up the road to grab them. If I was at work, he was more than happy to bring them to me, which resulted once in a customer calling and complaining that she saw me buying drugs outside. Luckily it was my co-worker who answered the phone and not the manager.

I could do very small lines and get super high at first. Slowly I started noticing that I needed a little more to feel it. I can’t remember how long my comfortable little illusion of “not getting addicted” lasted, perhaps a couple of weeks, but I will never forget the night I discovered that my work aide had me enslaved.

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I had 2 days off in a row, something that didn’t usually happen. So the second day passed and I’m lying in bed, and for some reason I’m having trouble falling asleep. I feel as though I may be coming down with the flu or something, I can’t stop moving my legs. I’m so tired yet cannot rest for the life of me. It feels as though I am having menstrual cramps but that is impossible given the time of the month. My bones start aching, my skin is crawling and suddenly I realize what the problem is here. I haven’t done any OC for a full 2 days. I knew that all this pain would go away if I just did some. I took what I had left of my pill out of my purse, staring at it. But I couldn’t bring myself to do any.

I wasn’t ready to admit I was dependent, or that I needed something just to feel okay and normal. I did not sleep a wink that night. I had a dentist appointment the next morning that I was a complete zombie for. My nose wouldn’t quit running. I had no idea how minor these withdrawal symptoms really were; to me they felt like death.

I went to work the next day, I had what was left of my pill in my purse, knowing that it was an option. I talked to my co-workers about what was going on. I had to, I was completely sick, plus I had made some good friends there and trusted them. The second day of the withdrawals is always the worst. I could barely stand up. Looking back I probably only went to work so I could convince myself it was okay to take some Oxy. I had to, how else would I complete my shift? I held off for as long as I could, with one of my coworkers, Dennis, rooting for me to resist (his sister was a heroin addict).

I finally gave in and went to the bathroom to take some. My friends looked very disappointed.

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The whole struggle was probably complete BS, contrived by myself to make me think I still had some level of control over my usage, and consequently my life. I was giving up. I knew I needed it to feel okay and still I said yes. I loved it too much. I loved the confidence it gave me that I had never known before. I loved looking forward to work, wanting to run errands, and not being afraid to interact with people. I was a shy kid growing up and I was a shy adult too. This was the only thing that had ever allowed me to stop being too afraid to speak to strangers or anyone really. I finally felt comfortable in my own skin and could stop questioning everything until I drove myself nuts. My social anxiety was gone and I felt very free when I was on that stuff. My relationship with the drug changed a bit after that day at work, into something with more of a fiend-like edge to it, but I continued to lie to myself for years.

Stop Frying Your Brain.com is a great resource to get the help you need. They have the greatest people in the business.

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Ending My Love Affair With Opiates

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You’d never know it by looking at me, but I used to be a full-on, conniving, thieving drug fiend. There was a time that I couldn’t imagine a life without opiates and didn’t want to.

Once I discovered them, I assumed that I would always love them and that living without that stuff was a dull waste of time. I looked at people who didn’t abuse substances and thought they looked so boring and so naive. Clearly they couldn’t be having as much fun as I was. They didn’t even know what fun was.

About two years have elapsed since I chose to renounce my dedication to opiates (though I had some other favorite drugs as well), but it was a long and very gradual process with countless relapses.

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It started with trying a couple of mild opiates, you know, the kind they prescribe when you get your wisdom teeth pulled. I loved it immediately and eventually progressed to a long and arduous love/hate affair with snorting Oxycontin.

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Starting my Oxycontin use was innocent enough at first, and affordable. I was functioning better than ever before. Instead of being a shy, anxious, and worthless procrastinator, I was now productive, alert, and an overachiever in the workplace. Eventually, I lost everything, as addicts tend to do. About 6 months later I had no job, I was living in a car for some of the time, I was stealing DVDs and pawning them for money, and even participated in a drug robbery at one point.

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For the first year clean off of the stuff, I missed it like hell at times. I missed being able to pretend I had everything under control and didn’t have to give up my illusion until my supply ran out. I could calculate exactly how many more hours of serenity I had left, and then immediately set my mind to seeking more. I had my tasks laid out before me in black and white. My goals were clear cut rather than ambiguous, and I was aware of exactly what I needed to do to fulfill them. I was never plagued by troubles of figuring out what to do with life or what existence means. I already knew.

That life could be all kinds of fun and exciting sometimes, especially at first. Even the stealing could be fun at times, especially when I finally got that reward in hand. It made everything worth it. When I was in that warm opiate bubble, nothing could get to me. I had my first huge fight with my best friend of 5 years and felt nothing once I got high. I see now that chasing those states of mind was just pure laziness and immaturity, but I won’t say I do not understand the appeal, and the relief it can bring to some people. That particular brand of craziness seems to be ingrained in certain personality types, and I was most definitely one of them.

I’ve read a lot of stories about addiction, and two years is not very long to be clean if the things I’ve read about addiction are correct. Apparently some people spend decades sober and then fall off the wagon again.

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I feel like all that stuff is far behind me now. I do not miss it anymore. I know for a fact that that lifestyle holds nothing of value. This knowledge did not come easily to me though it seems like common sense to the average person. Some people don’t even enjoy drugs when they try them, and once is enough. For the rest of us, we need to live out the experience for the reality of their lack of value to feel true. I have at least 5 years of experience learning these lessons, and many stories to tell.

They say addiction is a disease of amnesia. I’m not sure whether I believe that addiction is a disease, but I definitely know that it’s easy to forget just how bad things can get, and convince yourself that this time, you can handle it. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry when I think about all of the times I told myself that. When you give up drugs, you’re forced to confront yourself. That’s not a very nice feeling at first, but at least you get to stop running.

Stop Frying Your Brain.com is a great resource to get the help you need. They have the greatest people in the business.

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Kratom Recovery Solution Leads Back to Addiction

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meetingWe recently sat down addiction treatment expert Dr. Lloyd Sokolow J.D.  President of Addiction Treatment Design, LLC. to discuss kratom and its potential abuse potential, especially for recovering substance-dependent persons.
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What is kratom?

Per the FDA, it is a dietary supplement a category that is not regulated by the FDA. However, import has been banned since 2014.

Why do recovering addicts take kratom?

It is helpful in reducing pain, relaxing you and reducing withdrawal symptoms all associated with cessation of intake of drugs, especially opiates. However, since it has the effects of an opiate it can easily lead to relapse.

Why, as a an addiction treatment professional, should I care about kratom?

It’s use is becoming more widespread among users, it’s easily available, including at convenience stores and gas stores, it’s used in soft drinks and teas and served at restaurants and bars; Kratom bars are now springing up around South Florida. Multiple relapses have occurred in individual using kratom. It’s also an ingredient in the canned drink, Kava.

What are its effects on users?

There’s the problem.  It has relaxing and painkilling effects, which reduce the unpleasant side effects of withdrawal.  More recently, there have been reported incidents of individuals becoming addicted to kratom with spending up to $60 a day on Kratom drinks as reported by the New York Times in a report published on January 2, 2015.

Its use is becoming more common in in South Florida and because it is inexpensive and easily obtained, throughout the rest of the country.  It may exacerbate depression and other mental health issues. It maybe associated with seizures. There has been one incident in South Florida where a parent has attributed the suicide of her 20 year-old son to Kratom.

Is there a standard protocol for dealing with Kratom addiction?

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A Day in the Life of a Crack Dealer. Think about this for a while… Stop being so dam stupid. Be Smart. You have a choice. VOTE: While You Still Can! Donald Trump?

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The slums is a beautiful place for someone like me. These abandoned gutters and lost souls that vaca such an area of opportunity for dope slangin. I flipped the script on the 50 and the 9 to 5ers, and I bank. Having the keys to the candy store gives me my own personal supply.

Sure I could bitch and cuss about being beat down, shot, robbed, lied to, stabbed, but I never felt less judged being in a place like a crack house. That’s where I lived most of my life… home to me bro. I actually feel safe here.

You think you have it bad? I dodge bullets going to work. The local gang down the street just as soon shoot me, it’s all about turf and dollars dude. That’s my pink slip.

So Donald Trump eat me. :-) I hope you get elected and fire them idiots in charge. That’s if you can figure out who is actually in charge. I know I can’t. They stand up there and say one thing, get elected and do something else all together. Depending on who gave them the most money. Corporate Congress I say..

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OBama you don’t know the game, you got the rules missin.  Trying to convince the fools this addiction is a disease, so you can stack the benjamins and the insurance companies pay. I’m on the scene major and front row, VIP in the dirt you want to forget about. I don’t think addiction is a disease. 

This is a Cash Game on the street feeding cheese in Rat Park, I’m not the playa, I in the game, and they always come back. Just like the big insurance companies depend on. I learned the trade from them. Land of the free but mandatory insurance? Sounds like Hitler to me.

Dam I’m just a country boy from Kentucky how I ended up here I’m not sure. Watch my favored song and learn about me….. This song says it all. I can’t believe I got shot over this.
I earned my right (payed in blood) for my opinion so take a second of your day is all I ask. I paid for your freedom the hard way… please give me a second of your time and hear my perspective.

I didn’t screw up all these people lives I just help them forget. I mean down here in the hood we don’t have any options no jobs, no future. Hopelessness rules the day. Its pure pain not to be able to provide for the kids. It eats at you and messes with your head in a way I can’t explain. .

Our politicians packed our jobs and companies up and sent them to China. All that’s left is a sea of despair. Sold us out. We don’t make nothing in this country anymore  Either sling crack rock or become a basketball star and we all know that white boys can’t jump. The government did teach me how to dodge bullets until one day, but that’s yet another story..I’ll save for later. Got screwed again.

You never feel alone for a friend with a fix is never one to be missed. I question my perspective on the crack candy I sell.

Am I the one to blame or did these people seek to kill their pain? You see I’m not evil I’m just trying to eat and make a living man. I don’t have any choice. Who’s going to hire me with a possession charge?  I don’t seem to have any options. Can’t believe I’m still alive. 

It’s like this dude, after corporate Congress and all of our fine outstanding politicians finishes screwing the citizens out of everything they own, they show up on my doorstep hurting.

When your hungry the first thing to go is your morals. Your going to eat dude. I’m trapped in this mess with the rest of them. Hell I didn’t invent this shit, the big drug companies did. They were hired by the government I understand for war many years ago. Where do you think these drugs originated from in the 1st place? R&D on your kids returning from Nam. That’s where. Your flesh and blood.

Donald Trump for President - No More Mr Nice Guy..

Donald Trump for President – No More Mr Nice Guy..

Crack is the drug of choice for me because it helps me forget my miserable life and the pain that I live in as I watch my mother go out the door with the new John.

Something happened to my head in Nam when I caught my first bullet after verifying the body count. They say I got a duel case of PTSD and some other thing? Don’t really understand it. 

I don’t know how I caught it because always wore a rubber with the gook chicks, think it had something to do with counting the pile of dead bodies every day and then come across one of my friends. That was the day it happened.

Yea…That bent my head for good. Does anybody even remember what that shit was all about? I know for one thing for sure… I haven’t a clue anymore. (Still Frying My Brain) I hear we won? What a joke. We haven’t won anything I can remember. Liers.. 

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Crack cocaine rocks packaged for sale

It is like they smell it, they become super dogs. Once they gets a taste they have a sixth sense for it.Reminds me of the horror show. The walking dead. But, they are not addicted because I supply this stuff.

Their own demons eat them alive and I just happen to have a remedy for the pain and sorrow created by the fine mess of our leadership of this country. I understand, in the same boat myself. 

The question is, if this is a learned behavior or a real disease? How can we make it public that it can be unlearned. Your drop science says to be learned is to repeat actions that leads to changes based on practice or experience. I’m pretty sure its not a disease. I wasn’t board a crack head. I was at one time a full functioning human.

Most of the crack addicts I know were not born a crack head. When they got hurt enough they started looking for relief. If not crack, then something else. Many times they just stop when the pain of being a crackhead becomes too much. The experts say this is rock bottom. It’s about pain and social disfunction I say. If its a disease its a self inflected one. 

I wake up, throw on the clothes on my floor from the night before, look in the mirror and question if  this games gonna kill me. I personally don’t know any old crack dealers. Where do they go? I roll picking up my supply for the week, cheapest way is to get a kilo and cook it up and cut it with a little bit of shit. I can’t raise the price after the fools are addicted like the legal drug companies do so I have to cut it to get my margins up. A little bit about that later.

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Donald Trump for President – No More Mr Nice Guy – Endorsement by the boys in the hood & The United Federation of Crack Dealers of America :-) Now that’s funny.

I converse with my ace, he is like family to me. Running through my head is selling what I am given and what bitch is going to hang with me for the day. I enjoy the company, talking and negotiating. But it isn’t much of a life. At least I can keep a roof over my head and have learned to appreciate a big Mac and that’s on a good day dog. And of course the system wants to paint a big red X on my back lock me up. I don’t think I’ll ever happen.

Spitting with my fellow crackheads, I hear all their stories.  How messed up their lives have been since they were shorties. They lived in the fallen areas of society forgotten by the government with drug attics, alcoholics, and been abused in ways yall never understand after the corporations and politicians finished harvesting for a profit. They are doing the same thing to the land too. Do you know who OWNS the gran canyon? Not americans… Dhaaa think about that. They done pawned that to. Google it.

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What disease is this? Self inflicted? I think not. Addiction is?  These repeated actions of getting screwed lead people to becoming addicted seeking no more pain because they have a problem bigger than them.

They were skooled to become an addict by the great leadership of this country.selling off our livelihood. Just where would I be able to get a job anyway? The NSA (maybe). Well nope not happening in this country anymore. Now they want to lock me up because I need to eat. They sold my job so now I’m screwed.

Dog I’m telling you we’ve ALL been screwed this country is going down the toilet. So if you despise me just remember one day in the near future you’ll probably be really happy to see me too. Just remember big brother is watching you dog.Soon you’ll have a big red x on your back. Smart phones they say.

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The played hoes lay half-dressed on the couch enjoying their easy living and free fix. I spit at them for a minute to see if I wanna hit it. Gotta be careful cause the money brings bitches and the bitches bring lies. I can’t get caught between the bitches, my steel, and my chips. There’s a big idea of respect coming into houses like these. What is in here is theirs, unless you pay the right price. That goes for the woman too.

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I got busta, hoes, and the 50 watchin. I pack steel and roll deep. I never know if I will get bum rushed, walkin out of those doors and have a piece held to my chest, or a knife to my throat. Is it the smack, or the stacks of cash?  Nobody cares unless you be pretty, or dying, never about the process in between which is where I see myself as I walk out of this dope house once again. I’ll be back, hopefully. I know that one day soon I probably won’t.

You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to figure out what causes addiction. You can learn a lot from a crack head and let me tell you i’m an expert. I think they have it all wrong. These guys nailed it. Watch the clip below

Click below you can learn a lot from a dummy.. Especially a crack head. Below is the results of the problem. Take the the time to understand where these people are coming from.

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