Stories of Addiction Abuse

Stories of Addiction Abuse are Important

In meeting and working with addiction recovery patients over the years I have found that one of the most important aspects of their recovery is having the opportunity to share their story, their life experience.

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Stories of Addiction Abuse don't always have a happy ending but what ever the ending sharing them is helpful.

A former teacher of mine is a psychotherapist, who always talked to us about getting to the "essence of self" when helping people tell those all important Stories of Addiction Abuse. It is the essence of self that drives the person's perceptions and creates meaning in life. Your Stories of Addiction Abuse are important. You are not alone and maybe there is someone who will benefit from you sharing your experience. We encourage you to gather your thoughts and share them with us.

A few Stories of Addiction Abuse

Here are a couple of Stories of Addiction Abuse that describe the process of recovery. We’re hoping that you will share your stories with us as well so that others can learn from your experiences.

Many people tell us that it helps them to read others Prescription addition stories because they understand what they've gone through a little better. Many times therapy sessions are simply a place where people come and share their Stories of Addiction Abuse.

You may find that sharing your Drug abuse and addiction story anonymously is the first step toward dealing with your own issues.

Here is an Addiction Story submitted from our readers

It happened. It ended. I was addicted to speed and used everything else. But no more.

I was like a chef. I would cook up the feelings and the high I wanted each day by using alcohol, MDA, weed and whatever.

But under it all would be a layer of amphetamines. If I got too drunk, no problem. Just wait a few and the speed would bring me back around. If the weed made me too paranoid, no problem, the speed would pull me out of it in a little while.

I thought I had the world by the tail. Then one night I had a nasty bad trip on mescaline.

It all changed overnight. I couldn't think, I was suspicious of everyone, even my best friends and girlfriends.

The only thing that "saved me" was speed. It would put me right again and mask all the effects of that bad trip.

Of course,the solution became the problem and I was dwindling away, unable to control the addiction and things were always worse when I crashed.

I almost died of an overdose in San Francisco on a Christmas Eve and when I got out of the hospital, my friends and family were waiting. They took me to a rehab center in St. Louis where I grew up and I quit using.

The weirdness from the bad trip still had to be dealt with, but the center helped me do that too.

Now I have been drug free for 34 years! It is great. I raised a family and they are all drug free too.

I speak in schools in Los Angeles about the dangers of drugs now and I have spoken to more than 300,000 young people over the years.


Don't ever let them tell you that you will always be a drug addict. The truth is, you CAN beat it. It isn't easy, it took me a long time to get back, BUT IT DID HAPPEN!

I feel great.

Drug abuse and addiction tears up families, as those watching their loved one struggle with the disease will bear the emotional scars long after the addiction is under control. What might have been concern for the addict at one point in time sadly can turn to anger and resentment. It’s a kind of “Look what you’ve done to us” mentality and nobody has to say anything. You can read it immediately. The family goes down the addiction path too, playing their roles.

Organizations like Nar-Anon and Al-Anon/Alateen are there just for families. Just as the 12-Steps were created by addicts for addicts, those principles were the basis for family groups. And just like the addict, the family member is not alone. There is help and support.

Janice gathered up her things. There was a short re-uniting in the lobby as she signed out. The moment was not joyous, no kisses, no “I love you” and it was like the husband was picking her up from work. His look told the whole story. She was leaving the structure and security of the treatment center and going back into the environment she was in while using. “Graduation Day” should be celebratory, but soHeroining was missing.

In treatment, Janice received compassion and understanding from the other patients. In group it is obvious that they all can relate to each other. There is human connection on a surprisingly deep level, even though the people in treatment may only see each other for a few days. That was going to be missing. Perhaps she had resources lined up and could call on them at a moment’s notice. My sense was she did not. Graduation day didn’t look so good.

Easy Access

“Kevin” was a registered nurse and participating in a short-term out-patient recovery program. Unlike many people who come into rehab, Kevin knew he had ... Click here to read more...

Popping Pills

“Judy” was participating in a long-term residential Prescription treatment program, and was three months into a six-month scheduled stay. He had sustained an injury ... Click here to read more...

The most unworthy of these

The nurses were all talking about the two brothers. It’s was at the daily morning meeting, when the interdisciplinary team gathered to discuss the status of each patient in the hospital. The nurses were exchanging notes on each patient and when the two brothers came up for review, the entire mood of the meeting changed. Click here to read more...

Who knew this would happen?

This is a story about a beautiful, bright and intelligent girl. She was the best player on her eighth grade basketball team and she appeared to have all of the requisite talent to excel in high school and perhaps earn an athletic scholarship. But she never went out for the high school team. “Too much time commitment” was her reasoning and she never played again... Click here to read more...

God bless the “bad guy”

When it comes to delivering a message, or taking even the most appropriate and necessary action, nobody really likes to be the “bad guy.” In the case of addiction, the “bad guy” is the one who takes action and intercedes on behalf of a friend or loved one. God bless the “bad guy,” who sees a problem, tries to help, and in so many cases may wind up saving a life... Click here to read more...

Accidental, but not uncommon

Actor Brad Renfro’s fatal overdose is a sad reminder that Prescription use can lead to devastating consequences. It’s an even sadder reminder that no matter how much money and resources are pumped into Prescription education programs, the message still doesn’t get out. It’s not like this is a new phenomenon. Click here to read more...

Busted and Going Downward

It was one of those sad stories that made no sense to me at the time. I was a young man, serving in the Navy overseas at the Naval Communications Station-Philippines. As the story goes, he got involved with a Filipino girl and failed to show up for duty for several days...

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