Denial

Am I Addicted To Opioids?

Do you find yourself taking more Opioid pain medication than what you are prescribed? Do you check the clock frequently, hoping it is time for your next dose? Are you running out of medication before your next refill? Are beginning to feel the medication is losing its effectiveness and you need more and more just to feel okay? Have you ever purchased an opioid illegally or gotten some from a friend in a time of need?

There Are Bad Drugs and Good Drugs, And You Probably Aren’t Qualified To Decide Which Is Which

This Memorial Day and all those following will have a special meaning for us.  The 29th of May marked the one-year anniversary of our granddaughter’s suicide. The death of a beautiful 19-year-old is always tragic.  Cadi’s was especially so, because it almost certainly didn’t have to happen.  She suffered from profound depression, had gone off her …

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Hereditary, Environmental, Both? Who Cares?

The tendency towards addiction* is partly hereditary.  Substance abuse problems run in families; we know this to be true.  There can be argument about the relative importance of environment (living with an active addict or addicts, early exposure to the idea of taking drugs, abuse, permission of parents to experiment, etc.) versus heredity, but there …

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Iconoclasm and Addiction

Lindsay Lohan has been much in the news recently, and I’ve had several conversations about her, both in person and online.  Two things that they all seem to have had in common were (a.) contempt for Ms. Lohan, and (b.) the general opinion that with all her money she should somehow be able to rise above …

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What We Would Not Do For Ourselves

There’s a quote from the AA Big Book about God “doing for us what we could not do for ourselves.”  Now before you get all excited, this is not a religious screed, and I don’t talk religion here — although I may mention spirituality from time to time, which is not the same thing. But there is something about …

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The First Step Is No Theory — Unmanageability

“We admitted we were powerless over alcohol–that our lives had become unmanageable.” (The First Step of Alcoholics Anonymous, used by all 12-step programs in modified form.) We discussed powerlessness last week. We found that we are not powerless over alcohol and other drugs as long as we are not using them. We talked about the fact …

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