Addiction affects your life in many different ways. It’s not uncommon for people struggling with drug or alcohol abuse to lose their jobs as part of the collateral damage. However, everybody has bills to pay, so you need to have some means of bringing in money.
When children die, the parent is left shattered, with a hollowed out soul and stuck at a crossroads of which way to turn. When the child dies a drug related death, the struggle is worsened by the stigma, the regrets, the helplessness – and the anger at the injustice. But there is hope for change.
Gambling problems can happen to anyone, and it can come in many forms as well. You may start by playing games and harmlessly wagering bets, but soon find yourself getting too deep into the world of gambling. Eventually, professional and family relationships get affected, and sometimes health problems can occur as well.
The discipline and perspective built into an adult during their recovery arms them for a fight they will continue with the rest of their lives. In time, living free of the harmful influence and compulsion of substances is made easier, but it’s an ongoing challenge – and that challenge is made easier through continued aftercare.
“Hi, I’m Adriana Matak and I am an alcoholic.”
Not the most glamorous introduction, I know, but I’d prefer to set the scene from the start. You’ll either connect with my journey and message or you won’t.
While the road to recovery is seldom straightforward, making the first few steps is one of the biggest challenges. Once you’ve committed to those, you’ll be in a stronger position to tackle your addiction once and for all.
If you are trying to get and stay sober, having new sober relationships can save your life. Having someone to talk to when things were bad has done so much for me in my life and continues to.
We clearly know what our bad habits are, but why do we keep doing something, over and over, if we know it is inherently bad for us?
Drug addiction looks different for everyone. Everyone’s story is unique, including yours. The substance used is different, as is the time spent struggling with the addiction. Regardless of how long you’ve been a victim of drug abuse, it’s never too late to take that first step towards recovery.
My addiction to opiates began as a teenager after a significant sports injury. I was going through surgery and dealt with excruciating pain. I was prescribed a powerful painkiller. The doctor told me it was Oxycontin. I did not question it nor did my family. Next thing I know, I’m an opiate addict without even realizing it.