By the Grace of God. One addict’s secret to staying clean

“By the grace of God, I am clean today.” That is what my friend told me when I asked him how he did it. From everything I know about addiction, it should have been impossible. Or, at least, it should have been nearly impossible. Continue reading “By The Grace Of God – One Addict’s Secret To Staying Clean”

Freedom is one of our most valuable possessions.

Yet, we take it for granted. We don’t appreciate the value of freedom until we lose it.  To have freedom is to have options, to be able to do what you choose. Do you get to choose how you live? You may not realize how much control you have in your own life. You may wish you could live in a bigger home, or even a mansion. Maybe you wish you lived in another city. Have you ever considered that you are allowed to sleep in your own bed, the bed and mattress of your choosing? You can play music at night, or you can choose not to play music. You can fall asleep on the couch, watching television.

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Opiate Treatment Centers: Finding the right kind of help

Opiate treatment centers come in a variety of forms. There are programs which are live-in or inpatient. There are day programs, where patients spend the day and then go home. These more intensive forms of treatment are for people who need daily and close monitoring. There are detox programs to help the patient comfortably transition off of opiates and opioids. There are also less intensive opiate treatment centers which require only a brief medical visit. These centers may require daily or weekly visits. Then, there are opiate treatment centers which require only a single monthly visit. Continue reading “Opiate Treatment Centers: Which kind is right for you?”

Diabetes and Addiction: The Nature Of Chronic Illness

This article is not about people who have both diabetes and addiction. Rather, I would like to compare and contrast the two conditions. I chose diabetes as a comparison partly because it is often used in recovery literature and discussion. It has been said that addicts are in denial about their disease. They do not want to do the work it takes to get clean and stay clean. Twelve step meetings and step work are compared to diabetic medications. diabetics take there medicine to get better, why don’t addicts do the same?

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Opiate VS Opioid

What is an opiate?

The word opiate generally refers to naturally occurring drugs that bind to receptors found in the human body known as opioid receptors. Opiates are derived from the opium poppy plant. Morphine is an example of an opiate.  Codeine is another. Heroin is synthesized from morphine and is in a category known as semi-synthetic opioids. So, here is where the confusion between opiate and opioid begin. Heroin, a major drug of abuse all over the world, is not an opiate, yet it is often referred to as an opiate. Continue reading “Opiate VS Opioid. What is the difference?”

Ask For Help

Ask for help if you need help. Simon is a 35 year old man with two young children. His children don’t know that anything is wrong with their dad. Simon goes to work every day and comes home to see his family every evening. Simon’s wife suspects that something might be wrong. He has been moody and secretive. Recently, he has been coming home late. The car has been having a lot of problems. It seems like Simon is always having some kind of break down on the road and having to get something fixed. Simon has been taking off more and more sick days off from work. Continue reading “A Man Does Ask For Help. You Won’t Believe What Happens Next…”

The following text is a work of fiction in the genre of Addiction Science Fiction.  Some people struggling with dependence and addiction to opioids may relate to some of the concepts in this story, it is entirely a fictional account.

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