...ences have thankfully sheltered me from witnessing a person suffering from a serious drug or alcohol addiction. Prior to this experience my knowledge was limited as to how one would successfully regain sobriety. I left the center feeling blessed, thankful that these men allowed me to witness a transformation in progress. Although I have been given the knowledge; I gained awareness that addiction truly is an illness. My thoughts and feelings will definitely be more tolerant and caring all while showing concern to those that I may blessed to be a part of their care in the future.
...will be my first year of walking in the Great Strides event for cystic fibrosis at the Cleveland Zoo. In order to walk you have to make a commitment of a certain amount of money to raise for the walk. I am beyond excited to participate in this walk and I cannot wait to find other ways to help out cystic fibrosis and other chronic illnesses.
...onship. Relationships with family and friends are almost impossible to maintain because the addict is only focused on their addiction. Drug abuse will have a major impact on the addicts’ educational and occupational pursuit, making it hard to focus on their life period. While the number of drug addictions steadily rises, the number of children who are affected by drug addiction rises also, this issue is limiting their opportunities and putting restrictions on what they are capable of doing. Children growing up among an addicted parent are likely to start experimenting with drugs, or find themselves in a relationship with a person with an addiction of some sort. Children more than likely grow emotionally unstable, and have physical and social problems (“Drug Abuse Ruins Lives”). No addiction is too far along to tackle, stand up, be strong and fight for your life back!
Almost two years ago I was that suffering junkie and was in a treatment facility where I was then introduced to the program of Narcotics Anonymous. By working this program I have been able to stay clean for almost a year and a half now. I support this organization because I believe in what it stands for, anyone can stop using and find a new way to live. They don’t treat the dirty, homeless, junkie like a hopeless lost cause. They see that junkie as a man or women in pain who needs help. I come from a long line of addicts and have seen family and friends lost to the disease of addiction. They’ve ended up dead by overdose or taking a gun to their head. It’s tragic but these losses remind me that I could be next. Narcotics Anonymous taught me that I never have to use again, even if I want to. I am no longer ashamed of my past and the decisions of the people around me because this fellowship gave me the courage and support I needed to change. I can't change what I did while I was using, but I am responsible for my recovery and what I do
...e towards addicts and or alcoholics has not changed. I am the type to want to help an individual. When I come across those who are alcoholics I normally give the advice “hey you might want to eat something, instead of drinking,” or “hey have you eaten today.” There are many homeless individuals around me that are alcoholics. I tend to buy them a sandwich or coffees so they have something in there gut other than alcohol. I know we all have had hard lives, some people have just lost their way or will to live. I have talked these individuals into coming to church asking god for forgiveness and to help them in their journey of recovery. Those who are ready to change took heed of my advice, but those who did not I am still there for. I am not one to turn my back on people. This book has helped me understand the internal dynamics of how an individual may become an addict.
On the other hand, there is still hope. Understanding that looking for a cure by finding someone or something to blame is not the right way to go about this issue is the first step. It’s also knowing that these addictions can be contained by working from within, working to repair and build long-lasting and resilient ties with society and families can also heal the fissures and cracks in the foundations of all the lives that make up society. Just as addictions can be overcome, so can the problems responsible for creating a need for those addictions in the first
When dealing with a chronic illness the patient is in charge. It is up to them whether they take the steps that they been outlined to deal with their illness. Most patients may feel that it just isn’t worth the hassle of going through all the motions only to succumb to the illness later on. Others feel that they are going to do everything that they can to keep healthy and try to live as long as they can. Patients make the opportunities for themselves to succeed when it comes to a chronic illness. Whether or not they choose to take that step is entirely up to them.
Addicts suffering from alcoholism should make the effort to join an AA meeting. I believe meetings can truly help addicts become successful in their recovery. As evidenced by the members of the group I observed, meeting with fellow addicts who understand and has lived through the struggles of addiction, AA meeting is a great resource. Not too long ago, I had a hard time deciding my feelings of people with substance abuse. I strongly felt that this was a choice, however, at the same time, a small part of myself understood that this was a disease. As I have been learning more about substance use, I have been more on the side that substance abuse is a disease. After attending the AA meeting, it was confirmed for me that addiction is a disease. Although it may start out as a poor choice, it ultimately is a disease that affects that brain. Listening to the speakers, I felt really bad about my negative activities towards substance use. I know longer believe that addicts have the choice to completely stop their addiction. They need help from others to overcome the disease. Programs such as AA provides the fellowship that addicts need in recovering from
The chances are that we all know or have loved ones with an addictions to either drugs or alcohol. Still today, one of the biggest challenges is being able to talk to that person about their addiction. Even though I personally have not had the opportunity to speak to a loved one or acquaintance about an addiction. Research shows when confronting a person with a problem; it takes preparation, patience, and being totally honest with that individual. Talking to someone with a dependency is something that most people avoid because people like myself would not want others mending in our lives; we, even, tend to believe that it is not our problem how much our f...
Substance abuse disorders are common in our society. It is a disorder that each one of us will most likely experience through a family member, friend, or our self. I felt very drawn to this topic due to the fact that I have a family that has background of substance abuse and I myself have battle the demon. Not until I struggled with my own addiction did I become more tolerable and understanding to those that have a substance abuse disorder. Substance abuse is not something anyone wants to have; it is a disorder that takes control of a person’s life. It is a beast that tears a person apart; from their being to the lives of their loved ones. This disorder is not biased in anyway; rich or poor, male or female, employed or unemployed, young or old, and any race or ethnicity” (E Not Alone).
Don’t try to get sober alone. Reach out to others for support. Whatever treatment option you choose, it is important to have positive and supportive influences and a solid support system. The more people you can turn to for encouragement and guidance will improve your chances for a successful recovery. Create a network with people who support your recovery and with others who are going through the same things as
Five years ago today I was at one of the lowest points in my life. In my eyes, I was living the dream when in reality I was digging myself a deeper hole. From the time I woke up until the time I was sleeping I was fiending to be high and my days consisted of planning out how I was going to get high next. I was making a lot of bad choices with long term consequences, all the while, the only future I could see was the next weekend. Within five years I have gone through so many growing pains but they have kept me sober for three years. I am the person that usually does not look forward to change, but the trials that forced me to become a better person have helped me step out of my comfort zone and embrace that transition. The transformation that