addiction

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

Carry On
Pitch Pine High School Alumnus Alex Davao carried a lucky shirt from a thrift store down on San Bernardino Road. It was not a special shirt, but Alex Davao liked to believe it was, so he wrote his nam...
William Marks4 days ago
Living as an Addict
Everyone is addicted to something. Some addictions are relatively harmless, and some are excessively destructive. Any addiction into excess becomes destructive. An addiction to chocolate is harmless u...
Darc Stanton4 days ago
My Choice of Disease
I remember the first time I used a drug for something other than it was intended for. I was 15 and I was at home waiting on two of my friends to come over to talk to me about something I had done to u...
Chy Garrick8 days ago
How Fitness Saved My Life
I’ve always felt different. I’m not talking three arms, or four nipples type different… just different. For pretty much the entirety of my life, I had this ridiculous underbite that people made fun of...
NO HUN10 days ago
Cocaine Was the Answer to All My Problems
I didn't realise how mentally unwell I was until I stopped using cocaine. I still remember the first time I took it. With my friend in my house getting ready for a night out. "Am I going to die?" I as...
Cassidy Webb22 days ago
Understanding Addiction and the Effects It Has on Families
For the average individual, when the consequences are bad enough they can stop using drugs and drinking. They don’t even need to put up a fight. I once knew a person who, when he finally lost his job ...
Rena Luxxea month ago
Living with an Addict
I'd like to start by just saying that addiction doesn't have a face. Anyone can fall victim to the disease. Yes, I said that it's a disease, and that's because it is. Addiction should be treated like ...
Jeffrey Joseph2 months ago
How Do You Help Someone with an Addiction?
There are many debates raging on right now about how to help struggling addicts or people with possible addictions. From safe injection sites that reduce the risk of death from overdose, to raising th...
Tony Martello2 months ago
Rerouting the Brain of an Addict
When you commute to work or walk to school, do you take the same route every day or do you mix it up and try new pathways? Have you noticed that you tend to zone out and go on autopilot when you follo...
Ann King2 months ago
Direct Hit on My Life
The consequences of his actions have finally caught up to him, well, not him exactly, basically me. All the years he has done nothing but worry about when and where his next drink or drug was coming f...
Shraddha Gautam2 months ago
Pathological Gambling
Rolling the dice once and suddenly winning a huge amount of money. Only that person knows the satisfaction because almost everyone enjoys becoming a bit richer, but he would have no idea about when th...
Kristyna Warren2 months ago
Growth
How many times have you yourself been uncomfortable by the way things are changing? I know for me every couple of months things are going great then, all of a sudden, I’m thrown into chaos. I’m not ta...
Candida Reece2 months ago
Addiction
Addiction tears you apart. You can almost give it human personality traits. It's so complex and unique to each addict. Like people, the basics are pretty much the same. Humans all have a body of some ...
Jaxx Phoenix3 months ago
Heroin
This is a song I wrote about my struggle with addiction. I wrote this song before a relapse I had years ago during a horrible spout of depression. It took a lot for me to be able to openly acknowledge how I was feeling at this time without letting it consume me. So, I ended up turning those feelings into a song to better help me cope. It helped me to get those feelings out, and it was almost like exposing them set me free somehow. It's a very hard song to share, to expose myself, but as a recove...
Lee Bowman3 months ago
"I Raised a Junkie"
This is by far the hardest story I have written. As I transfer the words from my notebook to print, I relive in my mind every expression on her face with every word spoken. Reliving the pain, sleeples...
Steven Buriek3 months ago
Double Down: Hands on the Wheel
My clammy hands were on the wheel, forehead plastered to the top. Eyes closed, there was so much pressure, so much guilt. I let an inhuman guttural yell erupt from my mouth that might as well have com...
Maja Zulovic3 months ago
I’m Sorry
She stood over me, watching my eyes dance and look all over the room except at her. Her arms crossed and her body still. Towering over me, she stood motionless. I felt imprisoned by her eyes. Numb and...
Kyra Scott4 months ago
Finding Yourself in Sobriety
When I came out of treatment I had no idea who I was anymore. That might sound dramatic but thats honestly how I felt. I always knew myself as the “party girl” and thought thats what made people like ...