addiction

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

Henry Sheperd4 months ago
My Life as an Alcoholic: Entry 2
As I mentioned in my previous publication, I plan to release excerpts from the sobriety journal I kept when I was seeking treatment for my debilitating alcoholism just two short years ago in 2016. I'm...
Henry Sheperd4 months ago
My Life as an Alcoholic: Entry 1
I've decided to share my very personal struggle with alcoholism and type out excerpts from my sobriety journal for the first time. This will be a multiple-entry project, and is intended in no way, sha...
Breeanna Blalock4 months ago
Addiction + Depression
I am an Addict. I have been clean five years. I have been to the depths of hell, I have been a slave to addiction and depression, but I am here to tell you that it is possible to take your life back a...
Fellow Knee5 months ago
Life of an Addict (Pt. 3)
After spending a little over a month in the hospital, and another month and some days in a rehab center, I finally got to go home. It wasn't the "welcome home" I'd hoped for, considering I had gotten ...
Fellow Knee5 months ago
Life of an Addict (Pt. 2)
Hearing the Doctor tell me that I had shattered my L1 vertebrae and was paralyzed from the waist down was an indescribable feeling. You think I would have been crushed, numbed or brought to the though...
Arielle J5 months ago
The Beginning
Being awoken by police banging on the door at 6 AM when you’ve been hiding for a month is surreal. In that moment I knew shit was about to change. My 3-year-old is freaking out as they cuff her dad ri...
Not If but When Your Kid Is Offered Drugs
"You girls be careful! What are you two up to tonight, anyway?" Me: "We are going to sell drugs, mom." My mom laughed and playfully said, "Yeah, ok well, then for sure you two be careful out there." M...
Monica Hill5 months ago
Living in Honor of S.H.A.Y.E
A mother's story of living life on purpose after a great loss.
Kelly Sapien5 months ago
Vengeance at the Bottom of a Bottle
The dirt smeared mirror doesn’t give much of a reflection, but it is enough for me to see my ruined appearance. My mangled hair, split bottom lip, the dark purple goose egg that has started to sprout ...
Sarah Clark5 months ago
Sober Date: January 2014
Hello World! My name is Sarah. And this... is MY story. At the age of sixteen I was getting high on a daily basis. It got so bad it couldn’t be hidden anymore. Teachers, classmates, principals and eve...
Julia L5 months ago
Only the Good Die Young
It's a life altering experience. You find out the news and it's as if your whole reality somehow becomes altered. You're brain starts to turn off, I think this is your body's natural way of trying to ...
Kels Finex5 months ago
Unbecoming The First Teacher
My icy fade. The window is black. The star's light gaze is to save me from the pain of going insane in aloneness. No level of awokeness can restore me to eternal bliss amidst the suffering and the pli...
Drug of Choice
I remember very vividly the last time I did coke. I also remember how in my youth, I swore I’d never touch the hard stuff. How could I have known that the day I was pressured into it would also be the...
Grayson Articles5 months ago
The Short Walk Home
Walking the short journey from the bus stop to my house for the millionth time, I become suddenly drawn into the characters that I encounter on this short trip, little more than a minute from stepping...
Arlee Maxwell5 months ago
Secret Alcoholic
Life is no doubt hard, troubling, stressful, and down right hard. Not everyone has an addiction they turn to when trying to cope with past or current events going on around us, but for some a trip to ...
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Brendon N.5 months ago
Breaking the Hold You Had on Me
It was 2017 and at the time, I thought I was just like everyone else. Working to get ahead, just serving tables full time until something new came along or until I found my career path. Then, I was re...
David Wyld5 months ago
The Power of Addiction...and a Message of Hope
Addiction is such an important topic today. And yet, all too often, we see addiction as a problem dealt with by others—and not our own problem. However, the stark reality is that today, the sad number...
Kathy Roadman5 months ago
Addiction, and the Paramedic
Addiction is taking its toll. There have been so many overdoses in my district, that not only are we short on Narcan some days, we are also short on responders. I am not one to judge. As a paramedic, ...