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Old October 23rd, 2010, 09:12 PM   #1
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Addictions

What is an addiction?

An addiction is an obsession of an object/person/place. It can be from drinking coffee to an excess or drugs and alcohol.

Who is affected by someone with an addiction?

Everyone. Not only family, but friends finances and down to your state of mind. Addictions take over your life. It's mentally scaring not only for the user(Addict), but for everyone around them. It's a mind altering substance that can change take a turn in your life for the worst.

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Drugs and alcohol and addictions run in my family. They turned my family into thieves, criminals and dead beats. I had a family when I was younger, when they weren't hooked on something, but now I have practically no family left. They're either dead, old or strongly hooked on whatever they're on. It's taken it's toll on me because I really had no proper guidance except for my grandmother, she has since passed, but if it wasn't for her, I might have ended up like them if she wouldn't have shown me, that it really isn't my fault that they were mean. That they paid no attention to me. That they wanted nothing to do with me. That I was a rag doll for their aggression and after the divorce my brother and I were fought over because of child support. Just so they would have money to be able to get their next fix. They still are not well, and I don't anticipate them to get clean anytime soon. I never had the things that kids that had good parents had. Great Christmas gifts. Birthday gifts. Affection. Praise. Nothing to gain from them, but negativity and remorse.
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The lesson to learn from what I described is to not be like them. Do not take them as good examples, don't use drugs. You can be successful without drugs. You can be happy without drugs.
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Peer Pressure

In school there is a fascination for experimenting with drugs. Whether from TV, video games or other influences, they try it and some like it. Then they continue using. Though when they have friends that aren't on drugs or “Use” then they want them to try it to they can feel the way they do too.

Though in the process; it's a cycle. Either you fall into peer pressure and continue on persuading others to do it too, or you refuse and not let what your friends say dictate what you put inside or your body, consume or inhale.

Remember: Drugs will never solve your problems. They are only a mask what is going on. Only to procrastinate/delay the inevitable. Your problems are still going to be there, except, when you use drugs or other mind altering substances, you might:
1). Not remember what happened
2).You're broke
3).You are in legal (Or other types of problems, or trouble)
4). You burn bridges with people that you care about. Losing friendships, relationships, wives, husbands. All because of a drug or addiction of sort.

Though in the end... Is that really worth just feeling good for a couple of hours and risking so much to get it? Then end up with your same problems and even more if other occurrences happen. It will do so much more harm than good.

What do I do if my family or close relative or friend is addicted to drugs?

Well you have to first reassure yourself that if they are blaming you for anything, to know that it is not your fault. You have to know that what they're going through is hard and sometimes you cannot really see the pain they're going through because they're high/drunk.

The first thing you can do is you can attend Alateen meetings, which is a group of teenagers that have parents that are drug addicts and alcoholics. It's a support groups so everyone can vent and talk about their parent and know that they are not alone. The link Alateen That will take you to the official site so you can find meetings near you.

Also, when your parents or someone else is ready to get sober they can go to meetings called Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. When they reach their “bottom” as they like to call it. What those meetings are, is a fellowship of men and woman who share their experience strength and hope with each other so they may solver their common problems and help others who suffer from an addiction.
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Important things to remember:

1.)This is not your fault if your parents or friend are addicted to drugs. They just feel into it and it just takes time like everything else to stop. There are many ways to stop, but the important thing is, is that you're supportive. As long as they're not abusing you in any way, then just be there for them. So they can sooner or later find the help they need.

2.)Don't be an enabler. When someone you know or a parent is addicted to any substance do not condone it by supporting their habit with money, or giving it to them. Or letting them use around you. As they will only continue to take advantage until the supply is gone. Then move on to something else. Like a leech.

3.)If you, yourself are addicted to drugs, please do not be scared to ask for help as you are not alone and you don't have to go through this without support. Getting help and admitting you have a problem is the first step.

4.)There is always hope, but until they get that help or they are taking the initiative, there is not much you can do. There is detox programs at hospitals. There are rehab centers to go to. They have to be willing to go the length to stop. You cannot force them.
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Al-Anon/Alateen Hotline.

1-800-344-2666 (United States)
1-800-443-4525 (Canada)*



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Narcotics Anonymous*

1-818-773-9999 (United States)
0845 373 3366 (United Kingdom)

NACOA (National Association for the Children of Alcoholics: (United Kingdom):
0800 358 3456

Adfam (for families of those addiction to drugs/acohol: (United Kingdom)
020 7553 7640

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Old October 30th, 2010, 03:51 PM   #2
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Good, helpful post. However, it's very one-sided. I believe your experience has you thinking that ALL drugs form physical addictions and that no good can come of drugs.

You might want to discuss "physical" vs. "psychological" addiction. That seems to be a very misunderstood topic on the forum as we have people thinking weed and cigs are the same concept, when really cigarettes are much worse for you.

Also, you should consider yourself very lucky for the life you lived and the family you have. I am truly sorry for your life growing up, as no kid should experience that, but think about all that it's taught you. You're so ahead of all the other kids who live perfect lives and then get tossed into the world to fend for themselves. Only the kids that grow up with your kind of knowledge are the successful ones in our society.

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Old October 31st, 2010, 07:49 AM   #3
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Valid points, however any source will be biased (even primary sources).
If you'd like to write up your side of this with facts on psych/physical addiction and positives from [like? i can't think of any] feel free.

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Old March 22nd, 2012, 06:06 PM   #6
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Addiction means a person has no control over whether he or she uses a drug or drinks. Someone who's addicted to cocaine has grown so used to the drug that he or she has to have it. Addiction can be physical, psychological, or both.

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Not necessarily, you body/mind begins a craving for it in order to feel normal. A strong person can overcome addiction and they don't "have" to have it.

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Good, helpful post. However, it's very one-sided. I believe your experience has you thinking that ALL drugs form physical addictions and that no good can come of drugs.

You might want to discuss "physical" vs. "psychological" addiction. That seems to be a very misunderstood topic on the forum as we have people thinking weed and cigs are the same concept, when really cigarettes are much worse for you.

Also, you should consider yourself very lucky for the life you lived and the family you have. I am truly sorry for your life growing up, as no kid should experience that, but think about all that it's taught you. You're so ahead of all the other kids who live perfect lives and then get tossed into the world to fend for themselves. Only the kids that grow up with your kind of knowledge are the successful ones in our society.
I agree, people group all drugs into the same category when they really are not. Weed is not addictive and never has bee, yet cigs are legal and are addictive. That is one of the main reasons people get messed up in thinking what substances are bad and which are good.

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I agree, people group all drugs into the same category when they really are not. Weed is not addictive and never has bee, yet cigs are legal and are addictive. That is one of the main reasons people get messed up in thinking what substances are bad and which are good.
Saying that weed is not addictive at all is one of the most rash statements I've seen in a while. Marijuana can be addictive and you can be pretty dependent on it. We're not talking a vicious physical addiction but a psychological addiction. You find yourself wanted the feeling and nothing else but that. I would know from experience.

Your other remark saying people don't know which substances are good and which are bad is also pretty ridiculous to be honest. There are no "good" drugs, no matter how "harmless" you may believe they are. You must not know much about how brain chemistry works and how drugs affect it if you believe that there are "good" drugs.

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Liked the post! THX!

I found some pills in my 17 yo brothers room. The lable said hydrocodo 10/325. it had my aunts name on it, so i think he stole it from her cos i know she wouldnt give them to him. i asked him and he said he likes the feel of them, they give him energy. I told my aunt (Moms sister) and she told my mom (so he wouldnt know it was me). She said she knew it was him who took them. She said ther was less than the 50 when he took them and only 10 when i found them. Don't know if he's addicted or not, but scares me he could take 2 many.

I know he smoked weed b4, but i don't think all the time tho.
He got in tons of trouble for it. I feel bad but i don't think he takes them anymore. My Dad was really mad. Never tried them, but i had a half a extacy once. Weird feeling and very horny...kinda creepy to me.

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Is it weird that I've smoked cigs n weed n never got addicted, cuz throughout my family it is nearly impossible for anyone to get addicted

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i was addicted to alcohol for a year and went to drug treatment it hurt my family and freinds. when i got out i was clean for about 3 months, then i started heroin. it was a weakend type of thing to do in my town, everyone was using. one night i went to a party and people were smoking heroin and shooting up meth it was scary all i wanted to do was go home and cry, i thought maby if i shoot up some meth ill feel better so i took a shot it was painfull and i regret it, it started wearing off and i smoked some heroin and that i really wish i could take back and ever since then i staarted using heroin in school, at home, in treatment and with my "freinds". it was awfull i and at one point when i looked in the mirror i realized i was an addict again i got better and then moved to pills, gabapentin, oxycodone, MDMA and piparizine i wish i could stop but i cant. i really cant the worst part is that i dont even know why im addicted to drugs.
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I was addicted to opiates but kicked it

Now I'm just addicted to cigs and "addicted" to weed

Laying in my plastic bed thinking how things weren't so cool to me
My baby likes to shoot pool, I like laying naked in my bedroom
Tying on the dinosaur tonight, it used to be so cool too
Now I got the needle, I can shake but I can't breathe
I take it away but I want more and more,
One day I'm gonna lose the war.....
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Old May 10th, 2012, 10:42 AM   #13
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The psychological symptoms of withdrawal are also a very important feature in drug addiction. After a very bad crash in my competitive mountain biking races I was hospitalised for about three months, and during that time was hooked up to an on demand morphine drip. I got myself into such a state of mind that it was the morphine that was making me better, whenever I was in pain I pushed the button and it all went away. I really struggled when discharged, sure I had morphine tablets and some other really strong painkillers/antidepressants but they just didn't do the trick. Eventually when the prescription ran out I was in a dire place, whenever I was in pain or stressed I wanted morphine, and that still hasnt changed.
The doctors reckon i'll be addicted to morphine for the rest of my life, its something that never goes away.
The worst thing about addiction is not the health dangers, or what you do when you're high etc, its the fact everything pales in comparison. You never truly get excited, nothing stacks up to the same highs you used to get. Heck even when I lost my virginity I wasn't as excited as I would have been on the morphine/cocktails I was on. Its makes your life feel shit afterwards.
If you've come here to weigh up the pros and cons of drugs, whilst they do damage your health and cause you to do stupid things those arent the worst things. They make your life pale in comparison, nothing is ever as exciting again. In my case I cant sleep without inducers, any pain I get I can't deal with, and I dont get the same thrills as I used to.
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Its best to stay away from it...DRUGS!!

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i was addicted to alcohol for a year and went to drug treatment it hurt my family and freinds. when i got out i was clean for about 3 months, then i started heroin. it was a weakend type of thing to do in my town, everyone was using. one night i went to a party and people were smoking heroin and shooting up meth it was scary all i wanted to do was go home and cry, i thought maby if i shoot up some meth ill feel better so i took a shot it was painfull and i regret it, it started wearing off and i smoked some heroin and that i really wish i could take back and ever since then i staarted using heroin in school, at home, in treatment and with my "freinds". it was awfull i and at one point when i looked in the mirror i realized i was an addict again i got better and then moved to pills, gabapentin, oxycodone, MDMA and piparizine i wish i could stop but i cant. i really cant the worst part is that i dont even know why im addicted to drugs.
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i was having problems gettin hard right after my gf left me, and i tried viagra and ever since i havent stopped.
i was wondering if there are side effects to viagra or if it could be addicted?
i consume one pill every weekend!.. i simply cant stop. mentally i cant put my self through it without popping a pill.
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i am addict to my crush >.<

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but tnks for that info

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Old August 24th, 2012, 09:04 PM   #19
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Was addicted to Vikes and other prescription pain meds cuz my doc forced me to start cuz of my back and I just got off them 6 months off....

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I think I'm addicted to caffeine
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