“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” By Natalie C.
I was prescribed valium for what started out as legitimate reasons: anxiety from a high-stress job, and having to travel a lot. Unless you’re superhuman—or at least a better person than me—the stuff is great.
Too great. So spectacular that I was soon popping the round yellow pills daily, then multiple times a day. Finally, I started chewing the valium to make its soothing bliss hit my system faster. Reality went a dull shade of grey and I was left with worse anxiety on days I tried not to take any.
Eventually, I found myself taking valium to even check my e-mail. At work, I got slower and sloppier and eventually I found myself quitting my job with a shrug so as not to get fired. After that, the empty days slid by, panic creeping in around the edges but kept in check by the little bottle next to my bed.
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I had never heard of the small town of Sebastopol, California until I was on my way there. On the morning of Friday, January 26, 2018, I was in the car with my parents driving west to Sonoma County from Sacramento en route to my first stay in a residential rehab facility.
Clothes were hastily thrown into my bag. The hangover was hitting me hard from the night before. I had finally reached a breaking point. I could not go on like this. I could drink and use no longer. I needed to get my life together. But I could not do it on my own.
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The truth is that I was using cocaine and alcohol to cope with some deeper issues in my life that rose back to the surface when I started embracing sobriety.
As a result, I was able to think clearer and analyze myself and my thoughts much better than ever possible. Naturally, this led to me wanting to express those thoughts. Here are the top 5 Ways Art Got Me Sober. Continue reading Top 5 Ways Creative Expression Saved Me From Cocaine and Alcohol
When I first went to treatment I was utterly mystified. I had no idea what was coming, but I was sure it was going to be bad.
Mostly, I just thought life was finished. As someone who is on the young end of the baby boomers, I just assumed life consisted of drinking and at least a little weed. All that was definitely done.
I quickly learned that there was an entirely new road ahead of me. I still wasn’t convinced it was going to be a good road, or a road that was going to be all that much fun, but I could at least see that there were possibilities ahead.
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The standard treatments for addiction include an array of pharmaceutical treatments for drug addiction. From Suboxone to Methadone, these drugs have become standard practice for many treatment programs.
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As men over 40, we really shouldn’t have any addiction problems. We should have our act together by now… Not having control over ourselves is a young guys problem, right?
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Having an addictive personality, and quitting my last 37 year addiction on New Year’s day 2018, I feel I can help others who are still struggling with their addictions, or with their addictive personalities. Here’s the Top 5 Ways How ex-Addicts can Stop Running from Themselves.
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There is no better time to change your life except after New Year’s.
However, I’m not new at quitting addictions. Over the last 10 years, I have quit alcohol, cigarettes, porn. . . and now sugar and Autistic rocking.
Yes, autistic rocking – it’s like sitting indian style on the floor and rocking your body back and forth.
I don’t swing back and forth dramatically, but do a gentle sway that I have done since I was 8.
This will definitely be the hardest addiction to quit because I have rocked at least 4 hours a day since I was 8 – that’s 37 years.
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How to Use CBD Oil for Stopping Addictions Naturally
Addictions plague millions, and they are incredibly hard to quit. Here’s How to Use CBD Oil for Stopping Addictions Naturally.
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How Alcohol Led to my Heart Attack at 32 Testimony
Alcohol can be a vicious lover.
It can be a true love/hate affair.
And, it can slowly swallow you whole. . .
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