May 16, 2017

Drug Addiction


Here’s a free collection of resources about drug addiction- Drug addiction blogs, videos, support groups, first-hand experiences and advice from people who have/have had a Drug Addiction, etc.

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Drug Addiction & Recovery Blogs

Here’s a list of drug addiction blogs- blogs written by people who have/have had a drug addiction, or about drug addiction and recovery.

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Bye-Bye Beer byebyebeer.wordpress.com 2017
The Fix thefix.com 2017
Addiction Blog alcohol.addictionblog.org 2017
Smart Recovery blog.smartrecovery.org 2017
Cathy Taughinbaugh cathytaughinbaugh.com 2017
B Here Today bheretoday.com 2017
Breaking the Cycles breakingthecycles.com 2017
Drug Class drugclass.ca 2017
An Addict in Our Son’s Bedroom parentsofanaddict.blogspot.com 2017
Rapid Detox rapiddetox.com 2017

Drug Addiction Support Groups

Drug Addiction Support Groups On Facebook

  1. Alcoholics & Addicts Recovery Group (57502 members)
  2. Grateful Addicts in Recovery (26447 members)
  3. Addiction And Recovery – You Can Handle the Truth (11492 members)
  4. Heroin Addicts in Recovery (5939 members)
  5. Recovery from Addiction & Alcoholism (5714 members)
  6. Heroin Addiction and Recovery (5274 members)
  7. Drug Addiction Awareness & Recovery Group (4919 members)
  8. Addiction & Recovery – How It Works (4601 members)
  9. Addiction Support: Nor-Cal Recovery (4445 members)
  10. Addiction Recovery: Hope Vs. Dope (4045 members)
  11. Addiction Recovery Group (2613 members)
  12. Recovery Warriors Heroin and Drug Addiction Support (2390 members)
  13. Addiction Recovery Australia (1980 members)
  14. Knoxville Recovery: No Addict Turned Away (1979 members)
  15. YYC Recovery & Addiction Support (1583 members)
  16. Addiction/Recovery Keep the Plug in the Jug (1549 members)
  17. Addiction, Family, Hope & Recovery (1489 members)
  18. Addiction Recovery Revolution (1430 members)
  19. Almost Broken Recovery & Addiction (1185 members)
  20. Enables and Family of Addicts Recovery (1414 members)
  21. LDS Addicts & Friends Finding Recovery (1140 members)
  22. ARC – Addiction Recovery Community (1082 members)
  23. Mothers in Addiction and Recovery (818 members)
  24. Empowering Addiction Recovery in NH (811 members)
  25. Mankato Addiction Recovery Group (697 members)
  26. Addiction, Recovery, Family, Faith (683 members)
  27. Drug Addiction Recover Now!  (642 members)
  28. Maryland Addiction Recovery Resources (550 members)
  29. Addiction Recovery Journey (546 members)
  30. The Recovery and Addiction Circle (522 members)

Other Drug Addiction Support Groups And Forums

  1. Addiction Recovery Forums

 

Drug Addiction Survey

We’re surveying people about their experiences with drug addiction. Here will be a collection of their responses.

*This information is not meant to replace medical advice, and the information gathered via surveys may or may not be correct. Hopefully it will be helpful to you!

*Response format = Answer (Name, Age)


**Click here to share your experience with drug addiction**


Drug Addiction Types

What type of drug addiction have you experienced?

  • Cigarette, alcohol. (Reka, 15 years old)
  • Marijuana and prescription pain-killers. (Katrina, 16 years old)
  • Marijuana. (Zoe, 21 years old)
  • Cocaine. (Ella, 30 years old)
  • Morphine addiction. (Lezroy, 32 years old)
  • Suboxin. (Shantel, 34 years old)
  • Many. (Debbie, 35 years old)
  • Opiates, hydrocodone. (Anonymous, 41 years old)
  • Meth. (Donny, 41 years old)
  • Alcohol, cocaine and pain pills- not all at once. (Mitchell, 47 years old)
  • Xanax, opiates and currently cocaine. (Anonymous, 47 years old)
  • Heroin, crack, alcohol. (Dominic, 48 years old)
  • Benzoate, opiates. (Sue, 56 years old)

Drug Addiction Symptoms

What symptoms have you experienced?

  • Hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings. (Katrina, 16 years old)
  • Sleepless nights, didn’t go to school, feelings are fading away, didn’t care at all. (Zoe, 21 years old)
  • Vomiting, sweating. (Ella, 30 years old)
  • Hanging out…vomiting…constipation and cramps. (Lezroy, 32 years old)
  • Withdrawal. (Shantel, 34 years old)
  • Nausea, cold sweats, body aches, insomnia. (Debbie, 35 years old)
  • Too many. Withdrawals, even lowering to 4 a day. High, happy, sad, rage, depression, etc. (Anonymous, 41 years old)
  • Excessive sweating, constant unrest, lack of appetite and sleep, boost of energy and paranoia. (Donny, 41 years old)
  • Insomnia, diarrhea, cold sweats, restless legs syndrome, severe pain. (Mitchell, 47 years old)
  • Complete psychosis, black out on Xanax. I didn’t even know I was addicted to it. (Anonymous, 47 years old)
  • Withdrawal, euphoria. (Dominic, 48 years old)
  • Taking the drug to keep from being dope sick, withdrawal after taking pills for awhile (more than prescribed or that is safe), panic if I can’t find the drug…(Sue, 56 years old)

Drug Addiction Facts

What are some facts you’ve learned about drug addiction?

  • It’s bad. (Reka, 15 years old)
  • You have to want to get better in order to recover. (Katrina, 16 years old)
  • That everyone has a story, an addiction isn’t something you get right away, it always has a reason. (Zoe, 21 years old)
  • It’s a disease. (Ella, 30 years old)
  • That it is a physical and mental addiction. (Lezroy, 32 years old)
  • It is not so easy to be in an addiction when you have cancer and have no choice but to use to ease the pain. (Anonymous, 41 years old)
  • It freaking sucks and will take EVERYTHING from you. (Donny, 41 years old)
  • Drug addiction is world wide, and can kill in a single dose. Recovery is possible. (Mitchell, 47 years old)
  • Just because the doctors say take every 4-6 hours for pain doesn’t mean you necessarily need it. I got strung out after 18 months on various opiates, both pill form and IV while hospitalized numerous times. I made the mistake of quitting cold turkey, and was hospitalized and so sick they gave me dilauded. 18 months later I still struggle, because the only thing I can take for pain is Tylenol. I am not able to take any NSAIDs. Even a Rx for 20 norco’s I end up strung out again. (Anonymous, 47 years old)
  • It’s no life. (Dominic, 48 years old)
  • It’s NEVER over. (Sue, 56 years old)

Drug Addiction Recovery

What are effective ways to recover from your addiction?

  • Talk to people who support you and care about you. (Katrina, 16 years old)
  • Talk with people who have experienced the same. (Zoe, 21 years old)
  • Removing yourself completely from the city you had the problem in. When you have too many people having the accessibility of the same drug or others, causes for a never ending cycle. Same stuff, different day. It’s hard, ESPECIALLY when you run into them at support groups. It’s a cesspool of exchanging connects. (Ella, 30 years old)
  • Suboxone. (Lezroy, 32 years old)
  • Rehab. (Shantel, 34 years old)
  • Stay away from triggers. (Debbie, 35 years old)
  • Work on yourself..go to treatments and meetings and remove all aspects of drug use from your life. (Donny, 41 years old)
  • Quit taking them. (Mitchell, 47 years old)
  • I haven’t found any. (Anonymous, 47 years old)
  • Rehab, outpatient, detox groups. (Dominic, 48 years old)
  • Medical detox, support groups (AA, NA, ETC), PRAYER, staying away from people who use or are part of that lifestyle. (Sue, 56 years old)

Drug Addiction Difficulties

What are hard aspects of living with drug addiction?

  • Disappointing your family and friends. (Katrina, 16 years old)
  • The only friends you have are the friends who do drugs, lying all the time, hurt the people you love. (Zoe, 21 years old)
  • It’s embarrassing and shameful. (Ella, 30 years old)
  • Relapse. (Shantel, 34 years old)
  • Hiding it. (Debbie, 35 years old)
  • Having cancer and not being able to stop due to pain. Lying to everyone around you that you are sober and really you are messed up and numb. (Anonymous, 41 years old)
  • Hurting your loved ones over and over. (Donny, 41 years old)
  • Being broke all the time, lying, effect on loved ones. (Mitchell, 47 years old)
  • Finances, health and all the lying. (Anonymous, 47 years old)
  • Misery, constant battle to stay clean. (Dominic, 48 years old)
  • It’s a constant battle. Even when you find the drug you want, you always have to detox when the pill source dries up (expensive per pill on the streets). (Sue, 56 years old)

Drug Addiction Advice

What words of encouragement/advice can you share with others who experience drug addiction?

  • I can’t promise it will be easy to beat your addiction, but I can promise it will be worth it. (Katrina, 16 years old)
  • Talk about your history, you can find reasons why you became addicted, if you know them it’s a lot easier to deal with it. (Zoe, 21 years old)
  • You can’t do it on your own. (Ella, 30 years old)
  • One day at a time. (Shantel, 34 years old)
  • Don’t give up, you’re worth it. (Debbie, 35 years old)
  • If you don’t have a terminal illness get help , people are here for you and love you , you just need to reach out. (Anonymous, 41 years old)
  • Don’t ever quit trying. (Donny, 41 years old)
  • Recovery is possible. (Mitchell, 47 years old)
  • I’m not sure, because I’m not clean. I don’t believe in the whole “pray to God, He’ll guide you” God didn’t make me an addict, I did. (Anonymous, 47 years old)
  • If you want it bad enough, anything’s possible. Weaker people than you have done it. (Dominic, 48 years old)
  • Quit doing it NOW, and don’t look back. (Sue, 56 years old)

Drug Addiction Diet and Exercise

What’s been your experience with diet and exercise?

  • It helped me with my addiction by focusing on something else. (Katrina, 16 years old)
  • I diet a lot, I have a strange relationship with food, sometimes I eat like really really much and sometimes I eat almost nothing, like one sandwich a day. (Zoe, 21 years old)
  • I lack energy, but my diet is OK. (Lezroy, 32 years old)
  • Slack. (Shantel, 34 years old)
  • Lol. (Debbie, 35 years old)
  • Cannot do either, terminally ill. (Anonymous, 41 years old)
  • Don’t do either one. (Donny, 41 years old)
  • Not good, I have a damaged lumbar. (Mitchell, 47 years old)
  • I spent 42 years morbidly obese. I had weight loss surgery, and fell very ill- that’s how I ended up on opiates. No exercise to speak of. (Anonymous, 47 years old)
  • None. (Dominic, 48 years old)
  • I don’t… (Sue, 56 years old)

Drug Addiction Treatments

What’s been your experience with treatments (medication, therapy, etc.)?

  • Never had therapy or taken medication for my addictions. (Katrina, 16 years old)
  • I’ve been to a therapy group and it helped me, I don’t take medication. (Zoe, 21 years old)
  • Not good. (Ella, 30 years old)
  • Methadone worked great. (Debbie, 35 years old)
  • Have not done either. (Anonymous, 41 years old)
  • Did 3 day detox. (Donny, 41 years old)
  • I’m still active. (Mitchell, 47 years old)
  • With Xanax and Opiates I don’t have the crave. With cocaine it’s completely out of control. I don’t know where to get help yet. I guess I’m not rock bottom enough. (Anonymous, 47 years old)
  • Hated methadone, subutex works best for me. (Dominic, 48 years old)
  • It helps…I take anti-depressant and anti-anxiety meds, and once I’ve detoxed, I feel good. (Sue, 56 years old)

Drug Addiction Recommendations

Anything you’d recommend for someone with drug addiction?

  • Talk to people you trust. (Katrina, 16 years old)
  • Talk about it and let people in. (Zoe, 21 years old)
  • Change your number, delete all social medias where you know you can score and move to a whole new city, whatever. (Ella, 30 years old)
  • Seek help…it is out there. (Lezroy, 32 years old)
  • Get help. (Debbie, 35 years old)
  • Prayers and church is a good start. (Anonymous, 41 years old)
  • Get help and keep at it. (Donny, 41 years old)
  • Be careful who you turn to for help. Some people are not as accepting as you’d hope. I’ve lost a lot of friends in the last three years. (Anonymous, 47 years old)
  • Rehab. (Dominic, 48 years old)
  • Get help now…You can’t do it alone. (Sue, 56 years old)

Drug Addiction Resources

What specific resources have you found most helpful?

  • Facebook pages, help lines. (Katrina, 16 years old)
  • Talking to others with the same issues. (Zoe, 21 years old)
  • Nothing. (Ella, 30 years old)
  • Recovered addicts. (Lezroy, 32 years old)
  • My husband. (Debbie, 35 years old)
  • FB groups. (Anonymous, 41 years old)
  • Surrounding myself with positive people with support and encouragement. (Donny, 41 years old)
  • Online support groups. (Mitchell, 47 years old)
  • FB support groups. (Anonymous, 47 years old)
  • Online groups. (Dominic, 48 years old)
  • AA. (Sue, 56 years old)

Drug Addiction Stories

Share an experience you’ve had related to living with drug addiction.

  • Didn’t finish high school because of it. (Zoe, 21 years old)
  • Fighting with family for no reason at all. (Lezroy, 32 years old)
  • It’s hell. (Debbie, 35 years old)
  • Being this sick and then having an additional problem with addiction really makes life miserable and not worth living like this. I actually pray for death most days. (Anonymous, 41 years old)
  • All my kids moved away due to my usage. (Donny, 41 years old)
  • Working 70 hours a week, and spending it all on pain meds. (Mitchell, 47 years old)
  • I had a complete breakdown, and don’t remember any of it. It started at about 10:00 am on a Sunday, I was in a therapy session with my husband, found myself home alone, no clue how I got there, writing a letter saying good bye to everyone, took 20 2mg Xanax, and spent three days in jail. No recollection of before or after the pills..only what I wrote in the letters. (Anonymous, 47 years old)
  • It got so bad and miserable I OD’d on purpose. (Dominic, 48 years old)
  • I become a hermit who does nothing nor goes anywhere when I use. Otherwise, I’m friendly, outgoing, an extrovert who likes to do a variety of activities. (Sue, 56 years old)