Narcotics Addiction Recovery
What does Addiction recovery look like? You may imagine yourself on a recovery path that is smooth, wide and straight.
Or your path may be winding and narrow, with rocks and overgrowth blocking your progress. Maybe your recovery isn’t a path at all, but a seemingly endless cycle of using and not using, a cyclical pattern of good periods of time followed by bad.
We ask this question because Narcotics Addiction recovery looks like the individual person, and no two people are alike. One person, through sheer will power and determination may be able to break the bonds of Narcotics Addiction, while another needs a multitude of services and nothing seems to work. Medical people might explain that contrast in terms of an alteration of brain chemistry by the drug, possibly connected directly to some clinical diagnosis of depression.
Others may deny completely that recovery has any medical component at all, that the recovering addict is one who has overcome the demons inside with no help from any therapist, counselor or physician.
If you accept, even for a moment, that Narcotics Addiction recovery can be explained in terms of a cycle, most of this section will make sense to you. While there are those who bristle over the idea of people being “helpless” over Narcotics Addiction, experience seems to show that most people ARE helpless!
by Joy B.
Growing up I had an older brother who I looked up to...I thought he was
the coolest person in the world so naturally I followed in his
footsteps...that included his addictions to cocaine.
Together we tried cocaine, and together we became addicted, but separately we are recovering.
In high school I lived off cocaine...I couldn't get myself up in the morning without blowing a line off the bathroom sink. In a nutshell- it took over my life and my brother's too.
My brother is still an addict but I am trying to overcome my addiction. BUT now that I am in college it is so hard to avoid it. It's everywhere...and nobody understands what I went through..and I don't have the courage to tell them.
I need support to help get overcome my addiction and avoid falling back into the trap while I'm surrounded by it. I think if I tell my friends, they will be more aware and know not to offer it to me..but I fear that they will drop me as a friend and judge me for my past.
What should I do?
How should I seek help?
by: Ned Wicker
Narcotics Addiction Recovery can quickly be derailed if we allow ourselves to be around our drug of choice all the time. I know that college is a drug seeker's candy shop, but you have to avoid contact with the party people, who either are completely unaware of the disastrous impact of cocaine, or are so stupid they don't think addiction can sit on their doorstep.
Have you considered NA for support and guidance? Recovering addicts are great teachers and nobody understands the pain and misery better than one who has walked through the tunnel.
If you are serious about recovering, you need to be up front with that and either tell people to quit offering cocaine to you, or better yet, get with a new crowd of people who don't think they need drugs to find fulfillment and prosperity.
It's all about lifestyle and making the right choices. You, I think, already know that.