Send a Message
to Recovery Addict

Comments

42

Joined

May 14, 2009

Recovery Addict Profile

Recent Posts

Harlan, KY

Out of town doctors and oxy!

Hi Ruthie, I'm very sorry you are having such a hard time. If you can lets look at this in a positive manner. I know it is very hard to have your mom and dad in jail or away from you. We want the best for our loved ones. If your mom and or dad are addicted to Oxy's or any other drug or alcohol jail might be the best place for them. Getting away from the drug may give them time to realize if they want to try and have a better life. When you are in a active addiction *I am speaking of myself* we want help and we want off drugs but we don't see how we can stop...maybe this is a blessing...if your mom and or dad are in the court system for awhile they will have time that they HAVE to be clean...drug tests...doing things to help them get past their addictions. It seems hopeless right now for you while they are away...I understand your children need their grandparents...but your children need grandparents that are sober and drug free. We always want to look for others to blame...doctors... dealers...friends. ..and not to say they do not have their part to play in this insanity...but the problem does lay with your parents...try to think that your parents getting in trouble as a good thing...*I know its hard* but this maybe the one thing that saves their lives. Addiction kills you better believe that....I know this time is hard for you right now...ask yourself this....would I rather have my mom and or dad in the court system or dead from a drug overdose...car wreck....or any of the ways drugs can kill you...I'll keep you and your family in my prayers....I remember a saying that has stayed with me...."we do not end up where we are by mistake" This may save their lives...they can get clean and sober...then and only then will your children have the best grandparents and you have your parents back the way it truly should be. God bless!!!  (Oct 15, 2009 | post #11)

Harlan, KY

Addiction is a disease

I want to quit, but I can't. For the addict, this is a familiar refrain. It is not indicative of a weakness; rather, chronic abuse has remade the brain in the image of the stimulus. Research has shown that addiction is a disease but many treatment advancements have been to assist one who is addicted to the path of recovery. This information was taken from the website of myaddiction.com.  (Sep 25, 2009 | post #25)

Harlan, KY

Addiction is a disease

Addiction Withdrawal and Cravings. Withdrawal occurs when an addict has used a drug long enough to create a physical dependence within the brain and body. When the drug is suddenly discontinued, the user goes into physical withdrawal; symptoms differ depending on the drug, but the general experience is driven by the brain and involves intense cravings that are manifested in physically painful and devastating ways. Colloquially called dopesickness, withdrawal is often the first huge hurdle for the addict to overcome in beating his or her addiction. It is a deeply unpleasant experience, and with some drugs such as alcohol or benzodiazapines (i.e. Xanax or Valium), unsupervised withdrawals can lead to seizures and even death. Withdrawal symptoms differ widely from drug to drug.  (Sep 25, 2009 | post #24)

Harlan, KY

Addiction is a disease

How Addiction Affects the Brain. In order to function, the human brain relies on neurotransmitters binding to certain receptors, which in turn initiate a biological response in us, such as a muscle movement or an emotion. When drugs enter the brain, they bind to these receptors as well, and the receptor initiates a response-that response is the 'high'. As prolonged abuse becomes addiction, that drug goes from being the brain's disruptive houseguest to its newest homeowner. it hijacks the receptor for so long that the brain stops making the neurotransmitters for that receptor. In other words, addiction has induced a physiological change in the brain. Now in a profoundly impaired physical state, the brain is diseased. It will remain this way long after the addict has stopped using, and often those changes are not necessarily reversible. For this reason, we don't refer to recovering drug addicts as 'cured'. Unlike a virus, addiction is not curable. It is a treatable chronic disease, like diabetes.  (Sep 25, 2009 | post #23)

Harlan, KY

Addiction is a disease

As a recovering addict I have looked far and wide for answers as to why I became an addict. Nothing I have read or heard has lifted any of the guilt and shame I have felt for my past behavior when in active addiction. I do want to share some information that I have found in my search. So here goes. Addiction is a complex disease. Physiological, genetic, psychosocial, nutritional and environmental factors are often thought to lead to the development of this disorder, and need to be addressed in recovery. It causes a person to act in a pattern of unhealthy, compulsive behavior which they carry out uncontrollably around the chronic use of a certain substance or stimulus such as alcohol, drugs, sex, gambling or cigarettes. It almost always features a level of psychological dependence, and often physical dependence as well. In general, an addict: suffers a persistent need to use fails at every effort to cut down, or stop, using on his own keeps using despite negative experiences and dangerous situations uses to cope with everyday life needs to use to feel "normal" is often preoccupied with obtaining and using the drug(s) of choice Every addict exhibits behavior similar to this. However, the specific signs and symptoms for each addiction differ. Addiction is not: A moral issue A simple character defect, such as being weak, or selfish, or irresponsible A lack of will power  (Sep 25, 2009 | post #22)

Harlan, KY

Twelve Steps to Recovery

Shame on you. You have given this alot of thought. I've tried to read this twice to make "some" kind of sense...Can't find it. I have never seen anyone take the 12 steps and abuse them and degrade as much as you have. God help you.  (Sep 25, 2009 | post #7)

Harlan, KY

A Trillion Dollars

I heard something last night that blew me away. John Hagy was preaching and mentioned debt...United States Debt...I'll try to explain it the best I can. How much is a trillion dollars? If you made one million dollars a day since Jesus Christ was here you still would not touch a trillion dollars...is that not amazing??? Hagy continued to say the United States admitted to almost 12 trillion dollar debt. That is admitted to. Think about it...we as a nation, a country will never ever get out of debt...our current president's plans for us will cost another trillion dollars...that would be 13 trillion dollars...we owe...to a general fund...I do not know who makes up this general fund...I'm pretty sure you are part of it... Honestly...do we think we will ever get out of debt??? Do we honestly think our money is going to continue to mean something??? I made a statement once that I worried about our children and their children that we will leave this debt to them...these generations will not even touch the debt...this is insane!!!! This has to be one of the scariest facts of all time. Oh well...just thought you would like to know...not like we can do ANYTHING ABOUT IT....we are so screwed!!!  (Jul 16, 2009 | post #1)

Harlan, KY

Umbrella Cockatoo

I've emailed you back twice and never heard from you. Please let me know if you are still interested.  (Jul 15, 2009 | post #6)

Harlan, KY

Umbrella Cockatoo

Sure email me at scottsally892@gmai l.com with your contact information. We can then set up a time.  (Jul 14, 2009 | post #5)

Harlan, KY

What is your biggest concern about Harlan?

Everything listed is of great concern for our county. Of course my choice if making one is stopping drug abuse. I agree with Princess on job crisis. There are so few good jobs in Harlan that it makes it almost impossible for people to gain good employment. As time goes on some things change and some remain the same, politics play a huge role in people getting better jobs. So many of us are over qualified for the jobs we have. The pay is very low, no benefits...this is why so many people relocate. The jobs don't always go to the best qualified, Harlan County still operates under the "its who you know" umbrella. That has never changed. Coal...sad as it is...is going...the current administration will make sure of that. One coming back to Harlan after being gone for several years how these mountains have been robbed by MTR...I wonder what happened to reclaiming. I know people need work, however if we keep cutting away at our mountains what do we expect??? IF you continue to take and take and never put back you cannot think we will have resources to fall back on. Corrupt politics have been going on all my life, however they have gotten worse...better highways would open up for more to come to our town...tourism.... ..should be addressed...it has been talked about for years....slooooooo wwwwwwwww process. We have such a beautiful place...the world would love to see this part God created. I think prostitution has increased because drug abuse has increased...as shameful as it is...people lose their thought of self worth and do things they normally would not do on normal conditions ie..drug abuse...education has always been a factor...however I see a huge improvement...keep ing our county clean plays into attraction to others as well as pride for what is ours...We can talk about this all day long...we need solutions....sugge stions...people willing to step out of their comfort level and do things differently...we still have the problem of the people in power...Political or wealth still controling what comes in and out of our county...people need to stop talking...or come to some conclusions and make a difference...One person cannot do it...there is hope in numbers...we need to get sick and tired of the way things are.....have been and do something about it...Operate on the concept I can't, we can....He will. That's my opinion for what its worth.  (Jul 13, 2009 | post #10)

Harlan, KY

expose police here

And one idiot, your it!  (Jul 10, 2009 | post #30)

Q & A with Recovery Addict

Headline:

You bet I'm in recovery

Hometown:

Harlan