30-Day Addiction Treatment Is Not Enough

We need to begin the discussion about 30-day addiction treatment for drug and alcohol abuse and why thirty days isn’t enough time for long-term effective and lasting sobriety. There is a saying, “We don’t get sick overnight, and we don’t get better overnight either.” Personal Experience with 30-Day Treatment I admitted myself into a thirty-day treatment center In California. I …

Video Game Addiction is Here

Video Game Addiction & Mental Illness According to the World Health Organization, video game addiction is now considered to be a legitimate form of mental illness. The organization has explained that, while games can be fun, the addictive behavior that can lie behind them is real, especially for young adults. The feeling of not being able to stop, playing for …

A Story of Relapse: Episode II

I was first introduced to Alcoholics Anonymous when I was 18. Addiction runs in my family, and my parents warned me at an early age that I might have “the gene.” This warning had little effect on me since: A. I didn’t know what it meant and B. I didn’t care. I thought I was invincible and that drug addiction …

A Story of Relapse: Episode I

The definition of relapse is, “suffering deterioration after a period of temporary improvement.” This temporary improvement is something that I’ve learned to call sobriety, and it requires consistent effort on my part to maintain. August 1st of last year is my original sobriety date and marks my first attempt at getting sober. It was a rollercoaster. First came residential treatment …

Case Management for Teens

When you are suffering from substance abuse, or are close to someone who is, chaos becomes the new normal.  At the core of addiction is arriving at a point in your life where some, if not all, of it is unmanageable.  The longer addiction goes on, the more chaotic the situation gets.  Not only does someone suffering from addiction begin …

Ketamine: A Personal Memoir

“I remember the k hole felt like you were falling forward into a dark hole. A forward kind of motion where I just curled up into a ball basically, and it was just darkness. My eyes were closed, but I couldn’t even open my eyes if I wanted to. It felt like falling forward.” According to the National Institute on …

Ketamine: A Personal Medical Experience

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“I started to think, have I gone into some futuristic place? Then I wondered if I was dead because nothing made sense to me – my wife wasn’t there. There were no doctors – everything just looked white. I started thinking, maybe I’m dead and this is what being dead is – lying still for eternity in this white space. …

Opiate Addiction is an Epidemic

I was in my first year of Graduate School at the University of Washington when I injured myself in a movement class. I herniated a disc in my lower back and was in extreme pain. L5. I had five years of sobriety under my belt, attended AA meetings, had worked the 12-steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and thought I had a …

A New Way of Life

I want to start out by thanking God for my recovery. It is a sheer miracle that I am sober. My life is good today, not because of anything materialistic or external, but rather because of how I feel on the inside. This is a direct result of working the twelve steps of Alcoholics Anonymous with a sponsor. Individual and …

Heroin: The Evergrowing Epidemic

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Heroin has always terrified me. I just had this strange feeling that if I ever tried heroin I would fall immediately in love and most likely die from an overdose within months. I’m just like that. A heavy hitter drug addict. When I find something I love, I go for it. All-or-nothing style. The self-awareness I had coupled with extreme …