addiction

The realities of addition; the truth about living under, above and beyond the influence of drugs and alcohol.

  • Ana Plumlee-Jusi
    Published a day ago
    Chotkis and Makers Mark

    Chotkis and Makers Mark

    Addiction is defined as the fact or condition of being addicted to a particular substance, thing, or activity. Addiction is characterized by compulsive engagement in rewarding stimuli, despite adverse consequences. It can be thought of as a disease or biological process leading to such behaviors. Note that the word “condition” is used, and not the word “choice”. Because guess what? Being addicted to something IS NOT A CHOICE.
  • Chelsea Marie Riehl
    Published 2 days ago
    A choice or a disease?

    A choice or a disease?

    My mother was only 17 when she had me, still a kid herself really. I am the oldest of 4 and as I grew, I watched my mother turn from my protector, my best friend, to someone I no longer recognized and despised.
  • Savanna Moore
    Published 3 days ago
    The Effects of Alcohol and Drugs on the Teenage Brain

    The Effects of Alcohol and Drugs on the Teenage Brain

    Your brain is who you are, it’s what makes you, you. You wouldn’t be able to speak, breathe, move, or feel without your brain; so why damage it? When drugs enter the brain it interferes with everything, which can eventually lead to it changing how it works overtime. This also means you are at high risk for addiction, a serious disease that can ruin your entire life, even with the littlest amount of drugs or alcohol. Teens don’t know the dangers drugs and alcohol can do to your brain or the fact that you’re slowly poisoning your brain when you are consuming these harmful substances. In the long run, drugs and alcohol will ruin your life permanently; a little can do a whole lot.
  • Taylor Duke
    Published 5 days ago
    Simple

    Simple

    Hi, My name is Taylor.. I’ve had a rather strange journey.. I’ve had my highs and I’ve had my lows. They call me a silent sufferer. Because I’ll stay locked in my head about things that are serious for a long while. And just suffer the consequence and loneliness of my minds way of being a jerk. I am very humble I don’t take anything for granted... I think? I can actually be very positive despite the negative challenges I face inside my mind. I believe you can find the positive to every negative... and at times that can be hard! I’m really into the mind. I pay attention to facial expressions, body language, tome reactions, responses and remarks in order to better understand what people are really thinking... I pay attention to these things even when I’m not the one engaged in conversation with them to get an idea of not only who they are but how they think and why that’s how they think. I’m very literal and serious... although can’t anyone also be a huge goof ball. My down side I here is that I like to have control over everything around me I like to have everything close to me that I love so you could imagine how being a mother with out her children is extra challenging for me. I obsess on making myself perfect because I want them in my life. But I haven’t won that battle. I am a very open and very honest person I am not ashamed of anything about myself Although I do feel that I am failing my babies. I do feel ashamed of that. However I also feel it’s a shame that when you need your loved ones the most it’s conditional I feel when your at your lowest you should be able to count on them to not give up with out a fight on you but instead they get angry and blame everything on you just not caring. In reality they couldn’t be more wrong not care? My kids my life my my mind my heart my everything just all down the tubes and you think that I just don’t care? Why is it that people think that addicts just don’t care? Like you think I am happy with only living a partial life? Do you think I am happy that my children my children are not with me? I mean they are my babies how could I not care about that? Seriously? Simply because I’m addict means that I don’t care I guess... and everyone leaves it at that because they don’t want to deal with the truth but I. Reality because no body wants to deal with what needs to be dealt with in addiction addiction is the greatest most huge pandemic in the world and we lose thousands of people everyday to addiction! But never mind that right? I like to meet the needs of people who are spiritually hurting who are sad who have had a bad day who need a hug because I know how that feels so I’m easy to relate with . Empathy is a huge deal and I don’t think very many people have it which is a shame because we all have feelings and half the people bottle them up and go half the time being in a bad mood are just focussing tunnel vision on what they have to do which yay everyone loves 9 to 5 that’s what I live my life for systematic function yes haw!!! I like how systematic people don’t like to deal with the realities of addiction or to deal with the addict at all but yet their family member a people that are missed may e it’s a part of that systematic function and peoplw don’t even know it? In my stories I’m going write a lot about addiction
  • sarah-rashael
    Published 5 days ago
    All a Junkie wants is Avocado on Toast

    All a Junkie wants is Avocado on Toast

    My eyes heavily cracked open after midday. For the past what seemed like years, I had regulated my routine to being that of non at all. Three days earlier Nick and I had imposed ourselves onto our friend, Eddie, and into his tiny studio apartment. A double mattress lay on the floor with a small flatscreen perched at the foot on a grey plastic milk crate. The menu screen for Sin City playing on repeat. I must have been tangled in those sweaty sheets for twenty four hours at least.
  • J. Shifman
    Published 6 days ago
    Support All Forms of Recovery

    Support All Forms of Recovery

    Support All Forms of Recovery
  • Veronica E
    Published 11 days ago
    Opioid Crisis.

    Opioid Crisis.

    Through the years our communities and our people have been affected by the use of drugs. Many people have become addicted to opioids because most of these drugs are being prescribed by our doctors. Health professionals know that most drugs that they create are highly addictive but they still sell them. Tension between the law enforcement and health professionals have been created, because not everyone thinks that drug addiction is an illness that should be treated. Opioids crisis have affected many communities, People that have been affected are trying to help others, and law makers are finally trying to help those who are drug addicts and their families.
  • Tyris Branford
    Published 17 days ago
    Give Me A Break!

    Give Me A Break!

    Today, I went to my first NA meeting, Narcotics Anonymous. I have been to a redemption like this before. Therefore, I am saying that this isn’t my first adventure. Intuitively speaking, I should have never let go of this trip in the first place!
  • Jacqueline Payne
    Published 21 days ago
    Johnny

    Johnny

    "Hollow! Maadeeem" ....was the greeting that sounded so sweet to my ears every morning, when I went to open our restaurant"American Bar and grill" in Goa,India.Yes, that was actually"Hello! Madam" from the kindest and most humble human being I ever met,Johnny.
  • Kaye M.
    Published 24 days ago
    Dopamine, Alcohol, and You

    Dopamine, Alcohol, and You

    I was curious about Alcohol as a remedy, because self-medicating seems to be somewhat of a trend. I wanted to know if alcohol deficiency was linked to certain types of disorders (outside of AWS) and dream states, where the lack of alcohol caused the presence of disorder symptoms and night terrors,and the presence of alcohol served as a remedy for the symptoms and better sleep habits. After extensive research of current research out there available on the inter-webs, I found quite the opposite. Despite, alcohol being known as a feel good for parties, it actually can do extensive damage to your brain (which is why it's for special occasions).
  • Shannon Pitka
    Published 26 days ago
    My battle with in!

    My battle with in!

    I grew up in Fairbanks alaska and I grew up as fast as I could. In a hurry for sure. My mom was a single Parent and when she married her first husband I was out. So then I moved with my grandma who gave me anything and everything I wanted. Now I thought since i didnt ever meet my dad that I was missing something and tried to find it with every him I could find only to end up without a him and no love. Turning to drugs as a main source of LOVE so I thought.
  • Heather Glasses
    Published about a month ago
    Baby Doll

    Baby Doll

    I was coming up on a quarter century... So far, it was a life perfectly thrown in the gutter. Its almost too easy to convince yourself you do have sky high aspirations. Heroin is lovely at making it ALL feel extra magical. Masking her pain inside daydreams of luxury. You 'nod' out for a break of visions. Some wild, some weird, all of them pure joy. Nothing about the mundane day can touch you. Not with this escape. Every participant is apart of a delusion-ally incredible existence. Even sitting in a room all day; sky high full of kitten shit, wont phase you. You could see someone scouring the grungy, dust-mitten house; looking for a clear water bottle. Something 'clean' for that hit of pure orgasm.