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Did Maintenance Drugs Save Me From Heroin?

Did Maintenance Drugs Save Me From Heroin?

I wonder often if maintenance drugs saved me from heroin addiction.  My story is a little different from most of the stories I have heard.  I guess all of our stories are different when it comes down to it but here is a little of mine.  Fifteen years of my twenty-year addiction to opiates was spent on either Methadone or Suboxone.

 

On my first trip to the Methadone Clinic in Southern Indiana, I traded a Loratab habit for Methadone.  That’s the equivalent of trading a monkey on your back for King Kong.  I had no idea what I was getting myself into.  When I got to the clinic no one told me that I would be addicted to this as well but if I am being truthful it wouldn’t have mattered if they had beat it into me.  There was no way I wanted to continue hunting pills and I wanted to feel secure knowing I wasn’t breaking the law. The main thing though is that I did not want to be sick.  I was scared to death of it.  Makes no sense that someone terrified of a Loratab withdraws would start Methadone.  The withdraw is ten times harder easy.  There was no way for me to know this at the time.  I soon found out though.

 

During that Fifteen years I relapsed several times, and each time I went out I moved up to the next level opiate.  So after Loratabs, I went to Percocet.  My relapses always happen because I would try to ween myself off of Methadone as fast as possible.  The stigma that came along with the clinic was painful.  I didn’t want to be a slave to anything.  I was doomed to fail every time though.

 

So this is what my relapses looked like.  This is the order of opiates I used.  Each time you see a new drug that means a relapse.

  1. Loratabs
  2. Methadone
  3. Percocet
  4. Methadone
  5. Oxy’s
  6. Methadone
  7. Opana
  8. Methadone
  9. Suboxone

Xanax was part of the mix the entire way except for the last few months of suboxone. That was only because my source was no longer able to get ahold of them any longer.

My family hated the idea of Methadone or Suboxone.  As far as they are concerned I was still using just the same as if I were taking the pills.  So I always hid the fact that I was on any maintenance drugs so I was still hiding and full of shame.  There was no room for recovery when I couldn’t own the path that I was on.

In the end, I ended up being very resentful of the clinic.  They mislead me to believe that Suboxone was not addictive.  They swore that I would be able to just walk off of it whenever I was ready. As we all know now that is the farthest thing from the truth.  To be fair I was told this when Suboxone first came out.  Who knows maybe they honestly didn’t know. After I was on it for some time the Clinic told me that they were wrong and that I would have to ween down to come off of the drug.

 

I didn’t take the time to really think about what the clinic did for me because I was so focused on the drawbacks.  As you see from the list above I never made to heroin. If it were not for the clinic I would have for sure.  A few of the times I ended up back at the clinic it was because I was having trouble finding the drug that I wanted. What if someone had offered me heroin?  I would have taken it.   Probably after the Opana is when I would have eventually run into heroin.  There were numerous times when I was just taking pills that I was afraid to go to sleep.  I was mixing the Xanax with as many pills as I could get my hands on.  Heroin would have killed me for sure.

 

The clinic allowed me to have years where I wasn’t moving in the circles of drug dealers or people buying on the streets.  I may not have been in recovery but I wasn’t engaging in illegal activities and I was living my life.  On Suboxone, I never felt high.  I just didn’t feel sick.  The clinic offered me counseling one a week which I took seriously.  That ended up helping me in many ways too.  If nothing else just for someone to talk to.  Holding down a job was easy because I never had to call off so I could hunt down my daily fix. Being a functioning member of society was possible on the maintenance drugs.

 

What made me hate Methadone and Suboxone the most though was the withdraw.  All I kept telling myself was what the hell was I thinking?  I couldn’t handle a few days of this crap that is why I started the clinic.  Now I was having to face months of it.  Where I went wrong was how quickly I weened off.  I have since had several friends that followed the clinics recommended detox and they claim to have felt little to no withdraw.  My biggest advice is this if you are thinking of starting maintenance drugs.

  1. If you are only taking Loratab don’t go to the clinic.  Sit down and deal with the few days of being a little sick.
  2. If you start the clinic don’t go higher than fifty and for suboxone don’t take more than 8.  The higher you go the longer it will take to ween down and the more likely it will be that you decide to leave.
  3. When you do decide to leave follow the clinic’s recommendations for lowering your dose.

If you love someone suffering from addiction and they have decided to take Methadone or Suboxone please don’t judge them.  The worst thing you can do is to make them feel as though they have to hide things from you.  As long as they are taking this medication they more than likely won’t be taking heroin…which means they will live.  If we die we cannot recover.  Please remember that.

 

85 of MY FAVORITE Recovery Resources Online For 2016

85 OF MY FAVORITE RECOVERY RESOURCES OF 2016

I WORK RECOVERY ONLINE EVERY DAY, ALL DAY in the recovery community.  THESE ARE MY FAVORITE RESOURCES FOR INFORMATION, INSPIRATION, AND JUST ALL AROUND ENTERTAINMENT.

Whether you suffer from addiction yourself or are dealing with addiction in your family,  ALL OF THESE RESOURCES HAVE SOMETHING FOR YOU.

BE SURE TO CHECK THEM ALL OUT.  THEY HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE IN MY LIFE IN 2016.  I HOPE THEY WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN YOURS IN 2017.

I KNOW I WILL BE JUMPING FROM ONE TO ANOTHER.  I HOPE TO SEE YOU AROUND!!   The order means nothing.

All of these resources are awesome.

Ok, I love @rjvieds work…what I can’t help it.  Lol…enjoy

RJ Vied 

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About: RJ VIED is in long-term recovery. He is an Author, Father, Husband and Recovery Warrior.  RJ travels across the Country spreading hope and fighting the stigma of addiction.  He currently is doing a radio show Tuesday and Thursday nights at

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9pm-11pm Eastern Standard Time

The show is streamed live to that Facebook link or at their website www.recoveryradio.fm


 Magnolia new beginnings – nonprofit – family support

http://magnolianewbeginnings.org    Blog  

Support Group Families

 
About: Support for families struggling with the disease of Addiction, Substance Use Disorder.  This is a NONPROFIT that was created by a mother who found herself alone and clueless of how to help save her child who was using heroin.  This is an amazing group of mother and fathers that have some together to keep other families from going through the isolation and unknowing of discovering your child is addicted to heroin.

 A Hangover Free Life

http://ahangoverfreelife.com
About: This British blog is run by Lou. Lou offers personal blog posts, how-tos, interviews, and workshops. This blog is an excellent resource for anyone living in recovery. Lou also includes an excellent section on mocktails, including in-depth recipes and photos.

 Adam Sledd

http://adamsledd.com
About: Adam Sledd recovered from a substance use disorder. Adam was addicted for 27 years. Following this, he finally decided to get clean by entering a drug court program. Adam favours what he terms ‘self-directed, empowered recovery’ over the 12 step alternative.

Addiction Land

http://addictionland.com
About: Addictionland is designed to help all types of addicts. The site includes recovery experts, addiction support resources, and various recovery paths. The main purpose of Addictionland is to offer addicts, in and out of recovery, a place to blog and gain free insight.

 Addicts Mom – Facebook page and Support Groups

http://addictsmom.com  http://www.facebook.com/addictsmom
About: The Addict’s Mom” is a group focusing on the mothers of addicted children.

Addict Chick – Book & Recovery Blog Page – Facebook

http://addictchick.com     http://www.facebook.com/addictchick
 Addict Chick
About: At 34, Amanda Meredith had it all – A successful career, a home, a child, and everything that should have made her happy. She was also crazy in love; his name was Cage, and their love would become her first addiction—but not her last. Some would say that love destroyed her, but what she let ravage her mind, body, and soul had nothing to do with love and everything to do with a deep-seated need to destroy herself.

With the prick of a needle and a shot of methamphetamine, she lost everything- her child, her career, and she lost Cage. Homeless and alone on the streets of Dallas, she became a statistic. A broken nobody that had hit the gutter and licked it. Her story is not for the faint of heart. It is, however, an accurate account of what a life lived without an actual sense of self, without self-love, and addiction looks like.

Addict Chick: Sex, Drugs & Rock ‘N’ Roll is her heartbreak, her sorrow, and the story of how she fought like hell to save herself, with a little help from the Man above.

In this memoir, one woman proves that no matter who you are or how far you have fallen, nobody is beyond redemption.


 Alcohol Recovery Blog

http://ialcoholrecovery.com
About: Alcohol Recovery Blog is a written by an anonymous writer. The blog details this person’s journey into recovery.

 Casey’s Law 

http://www.caseyslaw.org   Support Group: CASEY”S LAW
About: If someone you love is struggling with the disease of addiction, Casey’s Law can help you get them the treatment they need. It is a law that allows family members and friends to petition the court to get the addict into court-ordered treatment without criminal punishment. This video features information on utilization of the law from the following individuals:

 Barbara Cofer Stoefen

http://barbaracoferstoefen.com
About: Barbara Cofer Stoefen’s website is for families who grieve a loved one gripped by the disease of addiction. Barbara’s daughter successfully navigated an addiction to crystal meth. Barbara’s writings detail her experiences with her daughter’s addiction and subsequent recovery.

James Sweasy Live

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 Watch One Of My Favorite Videos of James Sweasy

About: James SWEASY is a breath of fresh air in a community that all too often hears the same lines over and over.  James has found a way to deliver the message without sounding like he is preaching or that you are in hell.  Please check this resource out.  You will be entertained while you learn the truth about the disease of addiction.

After 20 years of addiction and recovery combined.  I found a way to live without drugs and alcohol. I carry this message with public speaking.


 Buy Buy Beer

http://byebyebeer.wordpress.com
About: Kristen started her blog in 2011 ago while newly sober and quickly discovered a supportive community and just how many ways there are to get and stay sober. These days she writes more about finding balance and celebrating

13. Buzzkill Pod

http://buzzkillpod.com
About: Buzzkill Pod is a podcast run by Paul. Paul has been sober for more than five years. Buzzkill Pod is about life through the eye’s of recovery. Paul comes from an AA background, but he respects all routes to sobriety.

 Candace Plattor

http://candaceplattor.com
About: This blog is by a registered clinical counselor with 20+ years experience. Candace has also struggled with her issues with addiction. She was diagnosed with Crones Disease at the age of 22. She was prescribed valium and codeine and later became addicted to these drugs. For many years she used these drugs. She also became addicted to cannabis. She’s been in recovery since 1987, and she uses the blog to offer inspiration and guidance for others.

 Catholic Alcoholic

http://catholicalcoholic.com
About: The Catholic Alcoholic is a blog written by an AA advocate and written from the perspective of a female Catholic now living her life in recovery.

Cathy Taughinbaugh

http://cathytaughinbaugh.com
About: Blog for CathyTaughinbaugh.com, who is a personal coach and author of Free Guide, 7 Ways to Find Parental Recovery When Your Child is Addicted

Heroin is killing my town

http://hikmt.us  http://www.facebook.com/heroiniskillingmytown
HEROIN IS KILLING MY TOWN
About: Heroin is killing my town is a nonprofit organization owned and operated by the founder, Dina Favreau.  HIKMT Has been instrumental in changing the laws in Massachusattes and Dina just got started.

This website is pretty new but it was already putting up high numbers and pumping out exceptional content.  This site is ideal for the one still suffering, in recovery or for their family wanting to understand.


 Changing Lives Foundation

http://drug-addiction-help-now.org
About: This blog aims to help the family, friends, and employers of someone who is struggling with substance abuse/addiction. The Changing Lives Foundation is a Colorado-based Charitable C-corp.

 Chipur

http://chipur.com
About: Chipur is a blog for people who suffer with mood or anxiety disorders. Chipur is run by Bill White. Bill is a mental health professional and he’s recovered from what he describes as ‘decades of mood and anxiety torture’. He’s also been sober since 1984.

 Crying Out Now

http://cryingoutnow.com
About: Crying Out Now is a community of women speaking about addiction and recovery – telling our truths, and breaking down the walls of stigma and denial surrounding addiction – One Story at a Time.

 Dirk Hanson

http://addiction-dirkh.blogspot.com
About: Articles and health studies about drugs, addiction and alcoholism, including the most recent scientific and medical findings.

 Discovery Place

http://discoveryplace.info
About: Discovery Place offers blog posts from the perspective of an alcohol rehab centre.

 Drinking Diaries

http://drinkingdiaries.com
About: A blog about women and drinking–the ups, downs, and everything in between.

Drinking to Distraction

http://drinkingtodistraction.com
About: This blog is run by Jenna Hollenstein. Jenna is a professional nutrition therapist. The blog includes personal stories, how-tos and podcast style interviews. Good information on different ‘holistic therapies’ and nutrition. Highly recommended.

 Drug Class

About: Drug Class is run by Rand Teed. Rand describes himself as a ‘nationally recognized leaders in the Drug and Alcohol Education and Prevention Field’. The main focus of the Drug Class Program is to help people better understand the nature of and problems associated with substance abuse.

Fine Anon

http://fine-anon.blogspot.com
About: Fine-anon is run by Syd. Syd is an adult child of an alcoholic married to an alcoholic who is learning the steps to recovery through Al-Anon. The blog details Syd’s journey in search of serenity.

 Growing up Chaotic

http://growingupchaotic.com
About: This blog is run by Dawn Clancy. Dawn manages the blog as well as a popular podcast that provides a 360° view on all topics related to the addict’s or alcoholic’s family and friends, codependency, domestic violence, drugs and culture, mental health, recovery and siblings and addiction.

 Guinevere Gets Sober

http://guineveregetssober.com
About: A top-rated blog offering reliable news, reviews and straight talk about addiction, alcoholism, smoking, and recovery… plus good stories.

 Heros in Recovery

http://heroesinrecovery.com
About: Heroes in Recovery celebrates the heroic efforts of those who seek the addiction and mental health help they need without feeling ashamed or isolated.

 Hip Sobriety

http://hipsobriety.com
About: The Hip Sobriety was formed in 2012 by Holly Glenn after hitting rock bottom. Holly was addicted to alcohol and cannabis. Holly uses the blog to discuss her individualized path of recovery. She believes sobriety isn’t just about quitting alcohol and drugs, but it’s about getting after your best life and having everything you ever dreamed of. It’s about living the way other people won’t live, so you can live the way most people can’t.

 Fu@k heroin foundation

http://fu@kheroinfoundation.com/
 Fuck Heroin Foundation
About: .If you or a loved one hurt those around you, if you or a loved one wake up with withdrawal symptoms, if you or a loved one’s life is unmanageable, you or a loved one may be suffering from heroin addiction.

 Jagged Little Edges

http://jaggedlittleedges.com
About: Jagged Little Edges is run by Lorelie Rozanno.

Lorelie has been in recovery for more than 18 years.She is now an alcohol and drug counselor, as well as an author. Rozanno is passionate about helping others recover from the effects of addiction. Her blog aims to inspire addicts and their families to reach out for help.


 Jody Lamb

http://jodylamb.com
About: Jody Lamb is a blog written from the perspective of an ‘adult child of an alcoholic.’ Jody uses the blog to share her personal story and what she learned on this journey.

 Leaving AA

http://leavingaa.com
About: Leaving AA is run by Monica Richardson. Monica is an avid supporter for those harmed in any AA or NA meeting or it’s culture.

 Life Corked

http://lifecorked.com
About: Life Corked is a blog written by Chenoa Woods. Chenoa turned to alcohol following the death of her mother. Chenoa’s blog reflects on her experiences with alcohol and subsequent recovery. Chenoa attributes her success to her relationship with God.

 Living Without Alcohol

http://livingwithoutalcohol.blogspot.com
About: This blog is run by. Mrs D. Mrs. D is a New Zealand housewife who started anonymously blogging about her struggle with alcohol after realizing her drinking was out of control and she needed to stop. She feels that writing out her thoughts and feelings in the early days of sobriety was immensely strengthening, and the community of support that soon grew up around her blog meant. Mrs D was able to develop a robust and lasting recovery.. Mrs D is now over four years sober and continues to update her blog weekly with all the goings-on of her busy, domesticated, alcohol-free life.

 Liv’s Recovery Kitchen

http://livsrecoverykitchen.com
About: Liv’s Recovery Kitchen’s Mission is to provide a dedicated resource for all you need to know about good nutrition & wellness in recovery from addiction. Whether your goal is to lose weight, to feel more energized, or to learn how to really enjoy life in recovery, this is the place for you.

 Mark Goodson

Site: http://markgoodson.com
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About: Mark Goodson offers a hodgepodge of poety, essays and creative non-fiction on addiction and recovery. Mark has been in clean for nine years. Mark’s blog aims to help and teach others who now face their own issues with addiction and recovery.

 Message in a Bottle blog

http://messageinabottleblog.wordpress.com
About: Message in a Bottle is run by Paul, a former alcohol who’s clocked up more than 25 years in recovery. Paul’s an AA advocate and uses his blog to write about life in recovery.

 Holy Addiction

http://www.holyaddiction.com

Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/holyaddict 

About: Holy Addiction is my blog, so I had to put it here.  I hope you like the messages of hope and my new found love of iMovie and Adobe products to bring you cool movies like this.

My Journey From An Addict

http://myjourneyfromanaddict.blogspot.com
About: My Journey from an Addict is a blog by Mary Beth Robertson. This blog details Mary’s life in recovery and offers inspiration to those contemplating life in recovery.

 My Life As 3D

http://mylifeas3d.blogspot.com
About: This blog is run by Dean Dauphinais. Dean dedicates the blog to breaking the stigma associated with addiction. The blog allows Dean a platform for thoughts on addiction. Dean is the Father of a Person in Long-Term Recovery from Addiction, a member of the Parent Support Network at the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, and a Lead Advocate for Heroes in Recovery.

 One Crafty Mother

http://onecraftymother.com
About: One Crafty Mother is written by Ellie Schoenberger. She is Founder of Crying Out Now, a blog where women tell their stories of addiction and recovery and offer each other support through a vibrant and growing community.

 Parent Pathway

http://parentpathway.com
About: Parent Pathway aims to support parents who’s children are affected by addiction. Parent Pathway was created for parents, by parents, to provide a place to find peace of mind at a time when their world feels like it is falling apart. Parent Pathway offers help for parents of addicts and alcoholics through information, support, community, and hope.

 Parents of an Addict

http://parentsofanaddict.blogspot.com
About: This blog is run by Ron and Darlene. Ron and Darlene are parents of a former addict now living in recovery. However, Ron and Darlene continue to share their experiences with the public through this fantastic blog. This blog is particularly useful for parents or over loved ones of an addiction/recovered addiction. This blog is an excellent companion to an Alanon program.

 Quit & Recovery Registry

http://quitandrecovery.org
About: Launched in September 2011, the International Quit & Recovery Registry seeks to understand what allows people to succeed in overcoming addiction, whether to tobacco, alcohol, drugs, or harmful behaviors. Led by Warren Bickel, PhD, a world-renowned addiction researcher, and director of the Addiction Recovery Research Center of the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, the registry taps the insights and experiences of people who are in recovery from an addiction.

 Quitting Crystal Meth

http://quittingcrystalmeth.com
About: Quitting Crystal Meth is a blog by Joseph Sharp. Joseph is a survivor of HIV and cancer. He’s also a recovering crystal me

Choose Freedom

   Choose Freedom
About: Choose Freedom is a heartfelt blog by a young man in recovery that works hard every day to spread a message of hope to the world.  You can also find him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/choosefreedom  

reach Out Recovery

Site: http://reachoutrecovery.com
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About: Reach Out Recovery is a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to Addiction Education, Prevention, and Recovery founded in March 2011

Johnsoshoies       WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/JOHNSOSOPHIES

About: Johnsosophies are flashes of insight gained over years of trial and error… The musings of a recovering mind.

Recovery Reflections

Site: http://recoveryreflections.com
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About: Recovery Reflections offers inspiring blog posts for those in recovery.

Sandy Swenson

Site: http://sandyswenson.com
About: Sandy Swenson writes this blog from the perspective of a mother of an addicted child. Through her blog, Sandy is a voice for parents–particularly mothers–of children suffering from the disease of addiction, putting their thoughts and feeling into words.

Shatter Proof

Site: http://shatterproof.org
About: Shatterproof is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to ending the devastation that addiction causes families.

She Recovers

Site: http://sherecovers.co
About: This blog is run by Dawn Nickel, Taryn Strong and Sharonlee Latham and Asley Prosser. She Recovers is dedicated to women now living in recovery. This blog is an excellent resource for women suffering from addiction or now living in recovery, and the blog is one I often recommend to female patients of ours at Ocean Recovery Centre.

 Since Right Now

About: This blog is run by Chris Aguirre. Chris is a former alcoholic now living in recovery. Chris offers many resources, how-tos, personal stories and podcasts. Highly recommended!

Smyls

Site: http://smyls.co.uk
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About: Beth’s main passion is Recovery Coaching, specialising in helping people to rebuild their lives and achieve success after problems such as addiction, stress, life changes, illness, divorce, life transitions and mental health disorders.

 kill the heroin epidemic nationwide

Site: http://www.kthen.org  www.heroinforum.org
About: Kill Heroin Epidemic Nationwide is a blog and forum on heroin addiction.  The page is very responsive and worth checking out.

 Sober Courage

Site: http://sobercourage.com
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About: Sober Courage is run by Magz Shores. Sober Courage is somewhere for people to get together and celebrate life in recovery. This blog’s main focus is on early sobriety, surviving Friday-Nights sober, sober parenting, and dealing with the social stigma.

 Sober Julie

Site: http://soberjulie.com
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About: Sober Julie is a treat for anyone living “straight up.” This funky sober mom blogger shares inspiration, life, health tips, recipes, reviews and giveaways.

 Sober Nation

Site: http://sobernation.com
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About: Sober Nation is a national resource center and online community for people seeking recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.

 Sober Senorita

Site: http://sobersenorita.com
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About: This blog is run by Kelly Fitzgerald. Kelly is an advocate for breaking the stigma of addiction. Striving to fit in with her peers and living the party girl lifestyle, Kelly quickly discovered her drinking habits were much more extreme than others, with devastating consequences. After escaping to Cancun, Mexico and living abroad for five years, she got sober in a spring breakers’ paradise. Today, she lives in Florida and writes about living life as a 20-something sober girl.

 Sober Unicorn

Site: http://soberunicorn.com
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About: Sober Unicorn is run by Cristina. Cristina has been sober since 2015. Sober Unicorn is an outlet for Cristina to be completely transparent and genuine. In this blog, Christina details her recovery experiences, and reveals her failures and awakenings as stepping stones so that others may know the grace that has found her.

 The Discovering Alcoholic

Site: http://discoveringalcoholic.com
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About: The Discovering Alcoholic is run by Gavin. Gavin is a recovering alcoholic since 1994. He started the blog back in 2007 and offers the blog as an attempt to lessen the stigma associated with addiction and to encourage others to share in this confidence or feel more inclined to seek help.

 The Hurt Healer

Site: http://thehurthealer.com
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About: The Hurt Healer is run by Carolyn Hughes. Carolyn is a freelance writing specialising in addiction and mental health issues. She overcame her own alcoholism and depression in the past. The Hurt Healer has a thriving community of worldwide members who want to make their own journey to emotional wholeness and empowered living. The blog reflects Carolyn’s passion to inspire others to live their lives as the person they were meant to be.

 The Immortal Alcoholic

Site: http://immortalalcoholic.blogspot.com
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About: The Immortal Alcoholic is run by Linda Doyne. This blog details the effect of being a non-alcoholic person married to an end-stage alcoholic. This blog also provides useful insight and facts concerning the complexities of conflicting information.

 The Soberwold

Site: http://thesoberworld.com
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About: TheSoberWorld Magazine is published monthly and provides addiction resources and recovery services.

 The Sobriety Collective

Site: http://thesobrietycollective.com
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About: The Sobriety Collective is run by Laura. Laura’s aim is to create a living, breathing community of sober individuals. Laura advocates a mental health approach to addiction treatment.

 The Spirit of Recovery

Site: http://thespiritofrecovery.net
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About: The Spirit of Recovery is a blog written by Ron, a 57-year-old recovered alcoholic. Ron attributes his success in recovery to AA. Ron’s blog aims to help those who still suffer in the problem or struggle to maintain a fragile sobriety.

 The Unruffled

Site: http://theunruffled.com
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About: The Unruffled is run by Sondra. Sondra has been in recovery since 2014. Sondra’s blog details her experiences in recovery. Sondra helps people fill the void created when drugs and alcohol are abandoned.

 Tired of Thinking About Drinking

Site: http://tiredofthinkingaboutdrinking.com
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About: Tired of Thinking About Drinking is a blog written by Belle. This blog details belle’s journey to sobriety. The website includes blog posts, Belle’s 100 day sober challenge and a sober ‘jumpstart’.

 Tommy Rosen

Site: http://tommyrosen.com
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About: Tommy Rosen has been in recovery for over 23 years and learned first-hand how to move beyond addiction to true healing and freedom, one breath at a time.

 Transformation Is Real

Site: http://transformation-is-real.com
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About: Transformation Is Real shares stories, books, and podcasts about personal transformation, resilience and addiction.

 Veronica Valli

Site: http://veronicavalli.com
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About: Veronica has worked as an therapist specialising in addiction for over 10 years; her experience includes working with young people in the criminal justice system, primary care adult treatment, outreach services and in private practice. Veronica has also worked in local government (in the UK) delivering the local drug and alcohol strategy.

Waking Up The Ghost

Site: http://wakinguptheghost.com
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About: Waking up the Ghost follows Marilyn Spiller’s life in recovery. She’s been dry since 2013. Marilyn’s blog offers many inspiration posts for people either in recovery or contemplating life in recovery.

 What Me Sober

Site: http://whatmesober.com
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About: What Me Sober is run by Bill. Bill has been a recovering alcoholic since 1989. Bill uses his blog to write about life in recovery. Bill started off blogging about Buddhism, but he now focuses on recovery.

William White Papers

Site: http://williamwhitepapers.com
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About: This site contains the full text of more than 300 articles, 8 monographs, 30+ recovery tools, 9 book chapters, 3 books, and links to an additional 15 books written by William White and co-authors over the past four decades as well as more than 100 interviews with addiction treatment and recovery leaders.

 Yoga and Recovery

Site: http://yoga-recovery.blogspot.com
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About: Yoga Recovery is run by Kyczy Hawk. Kyczy is a yoga teacher, and her primary focus is providing classes designed to help people recovering from addiction.

 RECOVERYRADIO.FM

Site: http://www.recoveryradio.fm
About: Live radio show that streams to Facebook at www.facebook.com/recoveryradio.fm and on their website http://www.recoveryradio.fm  Live Tuesdays and Thursday nights 9pm – 11 pm Eastern Standard time.  Palm Beach Florida with RJ Vied James Sweasy and Bobble as your hosts…Check it out.

 HEROIN BULLETIN

Site: http://HEROINBULLETIN.COM
About: HEROIN BULLETIN KEEPS YOU POSTED ON THE ONGOING EFFECTS OF ADDICTION IN OUR COUNTRY AND AROUND THE WORLD.  LAUNCHING ON JAN 1ST. 2016

RecoveryRadio.FM Review

 

December 1st RECOVERYRADIO.FM went live out of Palm Beach, Florida. Three huge names in recovery are hosting the show, RJ ViedJames Sweasy and Bobble. These guys are all forces in the recovery community but together WOW, you can expect lots of inspiration, differences of opinions and thanks to Bobble every topic will be explained so that everyone will understand completely.

The show runs for three hours every Tuesday and Thursday from 9 pm to 11 pm on

96.1FM for Pompano to West Palm / 97.5FM for West Palm to Jupiter/ 1340AM for all of West Palm County. You can also watch the show live on RECOVERYRADIO.FM OR on Facebook at www.facebook.com/recoveryradio.fm

If you aren’t familiar with these guys, let me tell you a little about them from my perspective.

RJ Vied is a Recovery Advocate who is a talented writer, speaker and all around genuine guy. I guess you could say he is the eye candy of the show…at least that’s what all the ladies are saying but don’t take my word for it, check him out yourself. You can follow RJ Vied on Facebook at www.facebook.com/rjvied. Don’t think that means he is just pretty to look at, this guy has a genuine passion for reaching the addict still suffering and supporting those in recovery. RJ Vied is a triple threat, intelligent, talented and honorable. The eye candy part is just a bonus.

James Sweasy is one of those magnetic guys that when they talk you just know you need to listen. Sweasy is from my hometown Louisville, KY and his no-nonsense approach to recovery has made him one of the most followed Public Persona’s in Recovery, and he is just getting started. Sweasy’s fans are die hard and with Sweasy’s creative video angles and call it like it is approach this guy going to be HUGE…ok he already is huge so how about Enormous. Relatable is Sweasy’s middle name. If you aren’t a Sweasy Fan, you need to hope on over to www.facebook.com/jamessweasy and learn you a thing or two. That’s what us Kentuckiana’s like to say.

Last but not least is Bobble. Bobble is a musician that is rocking the recovery world with his relatable rhythms and hip hop recovery music. I don’t know a bunch about Bobbleother than thank goodness for him being on this show. Sure enough, when I am scratching my head about some odd term, idea or recovery approach Bobble is quick to say, HUH? Please explain that so we all can understand it. You can follow Bobble at www.facebook.com/bobblemuzikRAW

I am going to give www. recoveryradio.fm a ten on a scale of 1-10. If you missed the show last night, you could listen to it on their website www.recoveryradio.fm anytime.

Be sure to check out their next show every Tuesday and Thursday. They encourage people to call in but remember this isn’t a podcast so no swearing or you will be disconnected immediately.

RECOVERYRADIO.FM is a great concept with incredible talent, I look for this show to have a long successful run. Congrats guys, we will be listening, that is for sure.

Video Teen Takes Of Dad's Heart Attack Goes Viral

Public Overdoses and other medical emergancies

Teen streams video of  Dad while he is having a heart attack on Facebook Live. The young man makes no apologies.  He says he wants the public to see what it’s like living in a home with a parent who doesn’t listen to doctors, continues to eat poorly, and refuses to exercise.  So when his father had yet another “episode” as he puts it,  Markus Adams decided to pick up his phone to record instead of dialing 911.

“You can hear his friends in the background making comments like ” eat another twinkie or bet you wish you exercised now.”  One of the teens in the house did call 911 after several minutes passed.”  

The first responder on the scene was a police officer who also decided to snap a few shots of the man who by this point had lost consciousness.   Once the EMT’s arrived on the scene, the patient was rushed to the hospital where he made a full recovery.

 

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The hospital released a statement saying: these overweight patients typically have Type 2 Diabetes as well as Heart Disease.  They have noticed that as soon these patients are stabilized they get up and leave the hospital.  An ER Doctor said the most concerning thing to him is that these overweight Diabetics with Heart Disease are stopping at the snack machines before they even make it out of the hospital.

Even after almost dying because of the choices they continue to make regarding nutrition, exercise, medication maintenance these food junkies make those same decisions.  These Junk Food Junkies practically run across the threshold of the hospital, so they can continue smoking after being told time and again that if they continue, they will die.

How do you feel about this story?  Is it right for anyone to record a medical emergency? What do you think about Police Officers taking photos of people that are in danger of dying instead of administering care and comfort at the very least until backup arrives?

We don’t see photos or stories like the one told above online or on our evening news because it’s wrong to exploit people who find themselves in a life or death situation due to a disease.   Unless of course, the person being photographed or videotaped suffers from Substance Use Disorder and is merely dying of an overdose.

When people make excuses for mistreatment of individuals with Substance Use Disorder one of their favorite arguments is the “it’s a choice.”  What about the person with Type 2 Diabetes that refuses to stop smoking, drinking, eating cake pops and who’s idea of exercise is walking to the fridge?

The hurtful words used in this article were only used to give an example of the harsh tones and words used when speaking about not only those who suffer from Substance Use Disorder but also when speaking to those who love someone with Substance Use Disorder.  It just goes to show that words hurt.

No matter what your opinion on Substance Use Disorder, it’s wrong to take photos and videos of people who are in need of medical care.  There is no doubt about that; wrong is wrong.

Note: The beginning of this story is fiction.  I also wish I didn’t need to use the awful terms I used to describe people who struggle with their weight but I felt it was necessary to drive home how individuals who have Substance Use Disorder are minimized and shamed in everyday conversation.  Please know I don’t use these terms and don’t think it is right to be mean to anyone.  

 

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Family Loses Third Son To The Heroin Epidemic

Family loses three sons to drug overdose

Losing one child to an overdose is devastating, imagine losing your third.  Jeanmarie McCauley is having to bury her third son, Jesse.  In the go fund me summary they wrote:

I can’t believe that I am having to do this again.  Jeanmarie McCauley is having to bury her third child, Jesse.  He was a big-hearted kid who was so lost after both of his brothers died. He went to Florida to try and get his life back.  Sadly, he did not make it.  I can’t imagine the pain she and the rest of the family are in.  She has to come up with the burial expenses as well as the added cost of bringing him back from Florida.   She wants to have the three brothers together in their final resting place.  We would be so grateful for any help. No mother should have to go through this.  She and her family appreciate all the love and support they have received.

If this story is not proof that our Country is in the midst of an epidemic, what more will it take?  It was only a few months ago that a mother that runs the page I HATE HEROIN, on Facebook lost two of her sons in the same night.  Both of these mothers are fighters that actively fight to spread the word about this epidemic in hopes that no other mother will have to endure the pain of  having a child who suffers from Substance Use Disorder, much less losing a one.

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When this happens to families that are knowledgeable about this illness and actively fighting it, it just goes to show how powerful it truly is.  So what does that mean?  It means that we as Mothers and Fathers cannot do this alone.  We need the full support of our police forces, judges, politicians, and communities.

When one of our loved ones gets picked up for possession or petty theft and it’s evident to the arresting officer that they are using opiates that person needs to be taken into custody. Not just for a few hours until they are let back out to wait for court.  The presiding judge needs to look over his podium and imagine it’s their  child standing in front of them. They need to recognize that this is their chance to possibly save a life.

Why can’t they be held until a bed somewhere can be found?  We know if they are released that the first thing they will do is whatever it takes to get high.  They can’t help it, it’s a disease.  So that means if they have to steal something out of your garage or sell their bodies they will make the money it takes to feed the disease that is doing everything in its power to kill them.  If the judge knew they were going to leave and commit suicide they wouldn’t let them go.  What is the difference?

The politicians need to pass laws that make it possible for judges and police officers to take advantage of these opportunities to save our loved one’s lives.  I know this is America and typically we allow adults to make mistakes and then learn on their own from them. This isn’t the same.  Many of these people won’t get the chance to learn from their mistakes, they don’t live long enough to.  Don’t you see, this isn’t like smoking pot, doing a line or having a drink?  You don’t have two, three or five years to screw up and decide that you want to get clean.  With the Fentanyl and now Carfentanil every single time they use might be their last.

15000006_10210938704172944_4691463102048334425_oThree beautiful young men, all from the same family are just gone.  It’s not the leading story on the news and the comments below this story will include horrible judgment and hate.  All because these beautiful young men have a disease that people have decided makes them less than.  I can promise you this. Those boys were loved, their lives mattered and their families feelings matter.  Please, take a stand.  If you love someone who suffers from Substance Use Disorder don’t be scared to speak out. You hold the keys, all of you.  If we all stand together and tell our stories we can stomp out this stigma and force the public to take notice.  Those of us who fight every day need you.  Together we can make a change.

Please give to the go fund me for this family and if you can’t afford to give you can surely share.

https://www.gofundme.com/jesse-mccauley-memorial-fund

Update: Thank you for your generous donations, please keep them coming for this family.  Because of all of you this mother might get to bring her son back home from Florida and allow him to rest beside the brothers he loved so much in life.   Every little bit helps.

don't make them live your drama

i don’t have the inside scoop
on heroin addiction
call it what you need to
it’s a personal affliction
i don’t have an inside view
of this new epidemic
but i survived an alcoholic
so here is my polemic
i was asked so i will say
and i may come down hard
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please protect the children
or the children will be scarred
if you have a child
but you can’t be
a dad or momma
get the kid to someone safe
don’t make them
live your drama
let them grow up happy
as every child should be
come back to them
when you get clean
they’re the priority
© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
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created by special request for inside out at holyaddiction.com to help bring attention to the growing heroin epidemic