The Picture of Drug Addiction

The Picture of Drug Addiction drug rehabilitation and alcohol rehabilitation

When you think of drug addiction, what kind of picture do you get in your mind? Do you see a person dressed in tattered clothes sitting in a rain soaked alley with a needle in hand? Do you picture addiction in terms of a person begging on the street for money to buy just one more hit? The picture of drug addiction can be either of these images, but you might surprised to learn that there is another side of drug addiction you may never have thought of.


Consider that the picture of drug addiction includes a man in a business suit sitting at a desk every day working a full-time job. He has a family, children, a dog, and a wife. To everyone else, he projects the picture of having it all. The only problem is, the pressure of life got to him and he looked for a way out. A colleague offered him some cocaine. He liked the way it made him feel. Now he juggles credit card advances to pay for his $100 a day habit.


The picture of drug addiction could also be the popular cheerleader at your child’s high school. She’s blonde, beautiful, smart, and personable. But every morning, she takes a shot of vodka to stop the shakes. At lunch, she drinks a six-pack in her car, and at night, she’s at all the parties drinking until someone has to bring her home because she’s passed out.


Finally, the picture of drug addiction could also be in the form of a bored housewife. She has three children, laundry, dishes, and many other responsibilities. She’s tired all the time and sometimes just can’t get out of bed because of her exhaustion. She saw something on television about housewives taking their child’s Ritalin for energy. She decides to try it with her own 7-year old’s medication. Now she has to make excuses to the pediatrician why her child has run out of medicine before he should have.


Sure, we all picture a person with drug addiction as the homeless, down-on-their luck bum (so to speak) begging on the streets for money to buy drugs, but the cold reality is that drug addiction occurs in all walks of life to all types of people. Drug addiction has no boundaries and doesn’t pick and choose its victims.


The picture of drug addiction has changed over the years to include your neighbor, your child’s teacher, and even possibly your clergy. No one is immune, but all can get help. If you notice drug addiction in someone you care about, have a talk with them and encourage them to get help for their problem. Maybe one day, the picture of drug addiction will be a blank canvas.

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  1. Addict

    I would attempt to involve him in positive activities- new hobbies, sports, doing something responsible around the home, and try to build his self esteem and feeling of being loved by his family and community. Perhaps Alateen, narcotics anonymous, and/or church fellowship - many have midweek "rock" concerts, for example, or volunteer work, but the ideas might be more receptive if offered calmly with love, and not as a shameful experience or punishment. Listen to him, and allow some choices to help the power struggle, and follow his lead on what he might like to do instead of the illegal or unsafe activities. At some point, maybe have him list the pros and cons of the substances if he can maturely understand health and legal consequences, money, problems with other relationships, the sacrifices he is making on himself by not exploring other hobbies and goals. You need to set loving boundaries, and to protect yourself from the behavior problems, and do it with expecting his respect. Take care of yourself, pray for serenity, and for other people to cross his path teach him. An addict sometimes will only listen to another addict. Try to detach your love for him from thinking you can control it.

  2. Addict

    You should get him into inpatient treatment as soon as possible and don\'t enable him. Meaning--don\'t give him money to support his habit. I realize he is a teen, but you have to cut off his resources.

  3. Addict

    I have a question. My son 18 is barely getting by in school. I just found out he is smoking pot and that pain pills due to a injury. His friends are not who I would approve of. I asked him is his friends be someone that he would want is kids hanging around? He said NO. His grandmother has just been diagnosed of terminal cancer and they were close. He isn't visiting her. He states he just can't deal with it. He is skipping school alot. Should I cover him with excused notes or should I just let this year go to the birds?What should I do?

  4. Addict

    Have a look at some of the top numbers of searches around the word addiction on the internet. You will be surprized what the number one searched addiction on the internet is.

    http://www.clearhavencenter.com/addictions-research/special-features/top-10-non-drug-based-addictions.html

  5. Addict

    We have addictin in my family that goes back generations. Both of my sons are drug addicts. One dead murdered buying drugs the other still using. Addiction is a horrible disease. Just ask the parents of any drug addict. This is from a parent & recoverying addict's point of view.

  6. Addict

    i am trying to get my life back. i was hooked on xanax for many years now i;ve went threw detox and going threw theropy now but im not sure why i stopped .i know for my family but i still want something to help me hold it together cause i cant!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Addict

    well my mom was addicted to pills and meth at one time and it made her think about lots of things then when her kids got taken away she relized what she had really lost and changed her life all the way around. I Love You Mommy! Thank You alot of caring!!!!!

  8. Addict

    well me and my brother used many different drugs for years and a couple of months ago he died due to drug over-dose. i promised myself to never smoke again but shortly after found myself smoking marijuana. everytime i use i want more and more but when i dont im very aggresive and anxtious all i want to do is stop.

  9. Addict

    My dad is addicted to cocaine and pain pills and he has been in-n-out of rehab and theropy most of his life. He lost people that meant more than life to him. I dont know what to do. My sister and I are stuck we want to help but how can we help a person if they cant help themself?

  10. Addict

    Drugs are dangerous and govt should build atleast one rehabilitation centre in each city and the entire team has to work hard through outreach activities.

  11. Addict

    Everyone that I have read here seems to be worried about what they can do for another person. It's a great concept, but most of the time, until that person truly wants your help, there is NOTHING you can do for someone who really doesn't want your help. They have to decide on their own that they need to do something about their behavior. Otherwise, every attempt that you make will be viewed as an interruption to their daily routine. Just be sure not to enable them in any way. I lived with an addict for quite a while. I slowly, but surely removed the things that he depended on to help him keep up his habits. I thwarted those habits whenever I could and stood back to watch someone that I loved dearly hit rock-bottom before I offered any assistance. At that time, he realized that his behavior was hurting everyone including himself and it was time to make a change. Stay strong. It can and does happen to people every day. They clean up and straighten out. You can be strong enough to help them do it.

    • Addict

      I do agree with you but it is very hard to watch the person you love dearly go down the addiction path.. I have a 17 year old daughter that was addicted to pot and pain pills have spent endless hours in rehab it has been a year now she has found another form to still get high a pass the drug test. Now my son is going down the same path. I have stopped giving them money but every chance they get they steal it either from me or their dad.. I am trying to give them both tough love.. But I am divorced my ex husband just doesn't see what he is doing.. They get money and continue to use.. It hurts so much to see how bad their lives are turning out to be.. I try to remain positive but a mother is suppose to help their children addiction runs in both sides of the family . I am just asking for your thoughts and prayers to help both of my children.

  12. Addict

    If you have a child under 18 who's grades drop, and who is hanging with the "wrong crowd", etc. DON'T ALLOW IT TO HAPPEN. DO WHATEVER IS NECESSARY TO MAKE SURE YOUR CHILD IS NOT LEFT ALONE OR UNSUPERVISED. Forget about their privacy, wanting them to have fun etc. THEY are doing drugs and you need to intervene! Once they are 18 there is nothing you can do. If you are lucky they will just "experiment " and get over it. DO you want to leave your child's life to luck. Get involved and don't worry one damn bit about what they think YOU ARE THE PARENT! My 22 y.o. son just called and started cussing and calling me names after I refused to come pick him up and give him a ride. He has been an alcoholic and drug addict since early teens. He has been living on and off the streets for the last 4 years. I failed to see it until it was too late. He went to live with his mother when he was 15. He quit school 3 months from graduation. He calls occasionally like nothing is wrong until you try to reason with him or explain to him he needs help. Then his whole personality changes and he becomes angry. His mother finally quit letting him move back in. She moved and filed a restraining order on him. He has been back to my house only once when he stole a car and tried to switch license plates with my car. He has been in and out of jail. He has worked a total of maybe 6 months at 5-6 different jobs. He has not worked at all in 3 years. He has been to every shelter and rehab, in Oklahoma City and several other towns. I quit visiting him years ago and tried to stop taking his calls. The problem is I never know if this might be the one call I fear or maybe even the call where he finally is serious about help so I pick up the phone only to again be disappointed. Now I am afraid, He has been in the area for the last month and continues to call. I cannot understand where or how he gets money for his drugs and alcohol. He called 4 times from a bar the other night. I believe now that he has serious mental health issues from all his drug use. I am just surfing the net hoping to find others who are or have dealt with this. It is effecting my health and causing me to become extremely depressed whenever anyone asks about my son. The worse is meeting someone knew and being asked about your children. What do i say.I have no answer.

    • Addict

      I totally feel your pain. I too have a 20 year old son that i found out has been addicted to pain pills and drinks until he blacks out...2010 New Years Eve (my birthday ) Michael my son began drinking while using pain pills he was so out of it he came to my mother (grandmother) and said I need help look at all the pill I take...At that moment I called an intervention the next day...In fact he did agree to go and I began to feel releived....But due to my surprise this was only the begining of a nightmare.. Michael had 1 week left to go to complete his rehab ... Until he went to the store while others were getting food for the week that is required for the program, he opened a wine bottle drank the whole thing...I got the call to inform my husband and i that he would go back to detox this is his last chance...so now I know I have to get ready for the phone call that all parents dread...BUT the good new is YOU need to get to a Al Anon meeting, you will need the comfort of other parents going thru the same pain... Im trying to prepare myself and get as much support as I can...and the next time someone asked you how your kids are you can look at them straight in the eye and say the fam is fine, but I do have one drug addicted son that I love with all my heart but he is sick and Im not willing to love him to death... I hope you son finds sobriety .. GET TO A MEETING we are not alone

  13. Addict

    I totally agree with everything you posted.It is very difficult and heartbreaking but like you rightfully say it is the person who has to help themselves.We just pray it doesnt come to late and we hang in there with them and show them we still love them to ride the storm until the suns shines again.................

  14. Addict

    My family just recently found out that my brother is not only smoking pot, but he is also selling it as well as pills. My family is not of a good income, I'm 18 and already pay for my own car, clothes,gas, and insurance. He is almost 17 and soaking my parents dry of cash;claiming its for "gas". I've privatly known about him smoking for a while now when he knew about me experimenting drugs as well. he has told our family he finds nothing wrong with smoking pot, although he has offenses for driving under the influence. When he is not high he lashes out at people, expecially my dad. I do know he is going through a lot, a good friend of his just died of an overdose recently; the kid was barely 18 with a deep drug related past.my mom slips my brother money when my dads not looking although the both agreed they were not going to give him anymore untill he finds a job to occupy his free time. I don't know what I can do, I understand a lot of people don't want to quit what there doing untill they are ready on their own.

  15. Addict

    My family just recently found out that my brother is not only smoking pot, but he is also selling it as well as pills. My family is not of a good income, I'm 18 and already pay for my own car, clothes,gas, and insurance. He is almost 17 and soaking my parents dry of cash;claiming its for "gas". I've privatly known about him smoking for a while now when he knew about me experimenting drugs as well. he has told our family he finds nothing wrong with smoking pot, although he has offenses for driving under the influence. When he is not high he lashes out at people, expecially my dad. I do know he is going through a lot, a good friend of his just died of an overdose recently; the kid was barely 18 with a deep drug related past.my mom slips my brother money when my dads not looking although the both agreed they were not going to give him anymore untill he finds a job to occupy his free time. I don't know what I can do, I understand a lot of people don't want to quit what there doing untill they are ready on their own.

  16. Addict

    My family just recently found out that my brother is not only smoking pot, but he is also selling it as well as pills. My family is not of a good income, I'm 18 and already pay for my own car, clothes,gas, and insurance. He is almost 17 and soaking my parents dry of cash;claiming its for "gas". I've privatly known about him smoking for a while now when he knew about me experimenting drugs as well. he has told our family he finds nothing wrong with smoking pot, although he has offenses for driving under the influence. When he is not high he lashes out at people, expecially my dad. I do know he is going through a lot, a good friend of his just died of an overdose recently; the kid was barely 18 with a deep drug related past.my mom slips my brother money when my dads not looking although the both agreed they were not going to give him anymore untill he finds a job to occupy his free time. I don't know what I can do, I understand a lot of people don't want to quit what there doing untill they are ready on their own.

  17. Addict

    The only thing that anybody can do for a family member is to separate themselves both financially and mentally. You can be there for someone to listen to them when they need a shoulder to cry on, but you can't support them. Worry about yourselves. You've been affected enough and the only thing you can do is try and make yourself better. In AA we say, keep your own side of the street clean. About a year ago, I had an intervention. I went to a drug rehabilitation facility for thirty days and when I got out I stayed sober for about a month and a half until I started using drugs again. Once I realized that my life was going the exact same place as it was not only two and a half months ago, I went back to treatment on my own. So far, it has worked for me. But the only reason why I am still sober today is because I want to be. Not because anybody else wants me to be. Not one addict/alcoholic in this world cares about who s/he looses. How can they if they don't even care about themselves? The ONLY thing that can be done is trying to get them into treatment. If it doesn't work after that, either they'll figure it out for themselves, or they won't. That is completely out of your control. Just pray about it and hope for the best.

  18. Addict

    I really hope what the recovering addict wrote isn't true. I love my wife very much and we have three beautiful daughters. I'm afraid my wife is addicted to prescription medication. When I ask her about it she doesn't agree, but the number of pills just don't lie. Is there anything I can do to help her?

    • Addict

      i am sorry to hear that about your wife. i am also addicted, well, 8 days clean now, to pain medication. the only thing i suggest, seriously, is to call her doctor and tell him/her the situation. more than likely she is no t in pain, just wants the medication. you have to help her. and be there with her when she withdrawls from them because that is like hell!

  19. Addict

    You all have opened my eyes. Thank you. Our enabling will stop now.

  20. Addict

    Wow!!! I tend to think what the recovering addict wrote is true enough. You see, our daughter had been using drugs...hid it well until we finally figured it all out recently..her lies,memory loss, losing her hair,losing her JOBS due to high absenteeism, her loss of sparkle, her disappearing for days...not knowing where she went..Our daughter, whom we will always love...is not the personn we thought we knew. A stranger indeed!!!

  21. Addict

    My son is addicted to PCP Just recently he exhibited signs of paranoia, delusional, hallucination, apathy, self destructive. He is 25 years old and has no medical insurance. We have no money to pay for a program. Today is Sunday and I cannot get any immediate help. I have to wait to tomorrow. I am interested in knowing other family's experiences and what can be one to get immediate in this situation.

  22. Addict

    My story is much the same as everyones here, but he wasnt my son. He was my boyfriend from the age of 15 I am 29 now. From the start of our relationship he abused drugs and alcohol. Mainly pot, meth and alcohol. I spent my whole time with him trying to make him stop. I lived what I thought was my own life, when we separated I realized it never was my life at all. My life was a lie a facade.

    I still suffer daily guilt stricken that I didnt do enough (or I did too much, its confusing) I also knew that when we did part he would only become worse, this has happened. I sometimes think that if I had turned my back from the beginning he may have hit what they call rock bottom earlier and he would be sorted now. Who knows. I will never know the answer to that question.

    I still have not been able to shift my self from this life even though I have never used pot or meth myself. It becomes a way of life. The effects have been enormous and debilitating. My advice is to others is to turn your back asap. As soon as you know there is a problem remove them from your life, nothing you do can help and it will only affect you long term. Another mistake, I never talked to anyone about his problem. Talk to as many people as you can and get counseling to deal with the guilt of walking away.

    Its been almost 2 years since we parted, I still need to see someone to help me overcome the effects on me personally. I thought I was able to heal myself but I cant. Out of anger I found my self always criticizing him and attacking him personally, I wish I could take it all back. This is especially hard to deal with.

    Drug addicted loved one, child, relative or parent is the hardest thing anyone has to deal with. The grieving process feels similar to death but you still have to continue thinking and worrying about them daily, this is the hard part.

    Three things I have to keep telling myself are: Enabling and codependent behavior is as irresponsible as the addict themselves, I didnt make him an addict and there is no such thing as recreational drug use. (Dont let them trick you, if you suspect addiction there is one)

    Good luck to everyone who has to endure addiction. Starting your life with out them is hard and unthinkable but you can do it.

  23. Addict

    My ex boyfriend hid his drug addiction from me for about a year. He became a different person after becoming addicted to marijuana, cocaine, and pain pills. He lost his job, our relationship, and now works odd jobs to barely get by. I am praying that one day he will goto rehab and regain his life and tried to help him, but he lives in denial. Sometimes you have to hit rock bottom.

  24. Addict

    there is a solution after years of the same sort of addiction I have been free of all mind altering substances

  25. Addict

    My father died of an overdose when I was 17. I am now 24. My mother and my brother are both addicted to drugs - any drugs they can get. They are both in denial. My brother is 22, can hardly take care of himself and is now bringing a baby into this world. I never know exactly what to do, but I do know you cannot enable them. My grandmother paid for EVERYTHING for my father when we were growing up. I cannot blame her for his death and I love her. I know she was only giving him money hoping he was feeding my brother and I and paying the bills so we had a place to live. But I agree with a few posts up - they have to WANT help and recognize they need help. All we can do is pray for the best, and do the best for ourselves. I am a senior in college now and have never tried a drug in my life - not even a ciggarette. Growing up I always cried because of what my parents did and say I would NEVER live like that - and I don\'t. But please, do not enable the addict.

  26. Addict

    My father died of an overdose when I was 17. I am now 24. My mother and my brother are both addicted to drugs - any drugs they can get. They are both in denial. My brother is 22, can hardly take care of himself and is now bringing a baby into this world. I never know exactly what to do, but I do know you cannot enable them. My grandmother paid for EVERYTHING for my father when we were growing up. I cannot blame her for his death and I love her. I know she was only giving him money hoping he was feeding my brother and I and paying the bills so we had a place to live. But I agree with a few posts up - they have to WANT help and recognize they need help. All we can do is pray for the best, and do the best for ourselves. I am a senior in college now and have never tried a drug in my life - not even a ciggarette. Growing up I always cried because of what my parents did and say I would NEVER live like that - and I don\'t. But please, do not enable the addict.

  27. Addict

    I spent over half my life addicted to drugs. I am now 32 years old. Most of my life was spent on crystal meth. I am now a born again christian and I am starting a home for drug and alcohol addiction as a ministry of my local church in Spartanburg, S.C. I am raising funds to remodel the house that we have purchased to use for the work. I am also putting together a video presentation that shows the pain and destruction of addicts and their families. Anyone who would like to volunteer to help me with this by way of interview would aid in getting this ministry under way quicker. Lord knows we need a place! I can be reached at joey@samaritansinn.com

  28. Addict

    I have a boyfriend but I won't mention his name. He is addicted to E-pills, Marijuana, and is also an Alcoholic. I was 13 when I met him and he was 16 yrs old. He's been in and out of jail but I'm still with him and his struggle.

    I tried to move on with my life but I couldn't because he needed my help. He would go through black-outs and do very crazy things to people that landed him in jail. He started at a very young age and he's 19 now but he still hasn't learned his lesson. He needs to know that this may kill him.

  29. Addict

    Being a heroin addict for 3 years, I have spent 10 years of my life in total on drugs. These comments break my heart. I can only imagine the worry and stress I put my mom through.

    I would like to tell you to cut them off, they will find a way to get it when they want it. However, if my mom would of cut me off all together I think I would be dead.

    Mind you after ten years towards the end, she wouldn't give me money but she was always there. Just listen to them and be there when they do hit rock bottom so you can help them find their way back up. On my ninth drug rehab I finally got it. I thank God everyday my family never gave up on me. I've been clean 5 months and I work here so I can help others achieve what I can.

  30. Addict

    My son is 24, an alcoholic, and addicted to crack cocaine. Inside, he is a beautiful person, but he is very tortured with guilt and depression. It is very sad that the most I can do for him is to pray for him and ask God to please spare him from death or prison. It is very frustrating and I feel totally helpless!

  31. Addict

    My son and daughter-in-law are addicted to Herion. I tried to help them with a cure called Suboxone. They failed and I had to take their 5 month old baby. They have her back now.

    They told me that I opened their eyes. Somehow I don't believe them. I used to watch the baby 5 days a week. Now I am not allowed to watch her any more. Please Help!

  32. Addict

    I have been a heroin addict for 20 years . I have lost my young brother and sister to heroin. I don't think there is much hope for people like me and all I can say is Methadone is not the answer if you are addicted to heroin.

  33. Addict

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  34. Addict

    I was once very addicted to Ecstasy. That addiction alone lead to a lot of drinking and use of marijuana.

    I don't even like marijuana because I don''t really like the feeling of being lazy or sleepy, and Ecstasy is the complete opposite. Sometimes when the feeling of Ectasy wears off, I have to take more to get high.

    I tried marijuana when I was 13 because my older brother use to sell and he asked me if I wanted to try it. I did but I never liked it.

    When I turned 19, my best friend asked me if I wanted to go clubbing and everybody we went with had Ectasy. Of course I got asked if I wanted to try it and I did. From then on it became my drug of choice, because it was cheap and it keeps me moving. I'm usually always hilarious around people when i'm on it, because it gave me the confidence to do whatever.

    I didn't really get hooked from there though. I only did it on special occasions or at parties. It wasn't until I was 25, I started chilling with an old friend who sells it. He would always come by every weekend and it was always there. From then on my addiction got really bad.

    Now I'm 29 still living with my parents. I work under the table at odd jobs whenever one is available. Because of Ectasy I grind my teeth a lot and sometimes I do it while I am sleeping also.

    Now I am hopeless with nothing going for me and I know I need help for my health, but I don't know where to go. I had fillings done when I was younger, and they have all fallen out. My teeth look like I have done meth. I know I need help really bad but I don't know what to do or where to go.

  35. Addict

    I really feel the pain of a lot of families out there. I am a mother of a teen addict and it hurts you to your soul.

  36. Addict

    I am 21 years old and I am a drug abuser. When I was 15 or 16 I did not know what a drug was. It made me very weak. As a result I pulled away from my family. They have also pulled away from me.

  37. Addict

    My 22 year old son is an addict. He does very well in covering it up. He is such a bright and promising young man. It breaks my heart to see him throw his life away. I want to help him but don't know where to start. We can't afford an Inpatient Rehab for him (although this is really what he needs), If anyone can help us please do!

  38. Addict

    I am that house wife that has a pile of dirty clothes, dishes in the sink, a house to clean, a very boring job, and always tired from long hours.

    I started by just smoking pot once in a while then it was every day that I had to have it. My husband and I fought over my smoking and my kids wanted to know about the funny smell.

    Then one day my dealer gave me some Heroin to snort because there was no smell or odor. Now my best friend is Mister H. I really want to quit but I am afraid to tell anyone about this. Please, what can I take to help me quit?

    • Addict

      Mary Ann you really should open up to your very best friend who u know will support u all the way! i know when i started opening up the weight felt so much lighter!! oh sorry i failed to mention I'm also a stay at home mom with 2 little ones plus my brothers 5 yr old who i have custody of now until he is released from prison for the same addition Mr H I'm now 7months and counting! i had done with my ex for 2 yrs and became so secluded and the funny part was after i started to open up and i found out 60% already know!! good luck u can do it!!

  39. Addict

    I have a drug problem with meth and it has taken over me. When I am not getting high on meth, I am taking pain pills to sleep away the cravings. I need help badly but have no insurance or money to pay for treatment. What can I do?

  40. Addict

    MY QUESTION IS MY BROTHER IS ADDICTED TO PCP,WE KNOW THAT HE NEEDS HELP BUT HE DOESN'T HAVE ANY TYPE OF INSURANCE, AND WE ARE HAVING SOME FINANCIALLY PROBLEMS AT THIS TIME, HES UNEMPLOYED, IS THERE A REHAB THAT CAN HELP HIM OUT?

  41. Addict

    People can get addicted to all sorts of substances. When we think of addiction, we usually think of alcohol or illegal drugs. But people become addicted to medications, cigarettes, even glue! And some substances are more addictive than others: Drugs like crack or heroin are so addictive that they might only be used once or twice before the user loses control.

  42. Addict

    I am a middle aged women, I am an active mother in the lives of my children & their education, I am a wife, I am in a abusive marriage, My husband abuses opiates. I do not have medical insurance, I cannot find help in the form of meds or talk therapy. I am a opiate addict, however I am taking suboxone. I have not touched an opiate since beginning suboxone (nor have I had the desire to). However, I have to get my suboxone in a less than an traditional way... I was seeing a doctor, keeping within the protocol of my recovery until it became unaffordable. It was costing $400.00 a month in doctors fees ($200twice a month), plus medication cost. When I began the program the office visit fee was $200 initially, $75.00 per visit thereafter (minus the cost of meds) In the year and a half the office fees steadily rising to $400. a visit, in which my husband refused to pay any further. This particular doctor didn't work with the manufacture with assisting the cost of the medication. In fact, there's a handful of doctors who do work with the drug assistance program. For several reasons-- If you find one, they have met their quota allowed or their office, you can be added to the long waiting list.. OR, the doctors office visit is so expensive for the patient, even with the assistance program it's not be affordable OR the doctor's office is not equipped to receive the meds, due to lack of security (at least that's what they tell me). So a friend of mine (whom also is having financial issues, and is a opiate addict) and I split the cost and the medication & office visits. She actually meets with the doctor, and he prescribes her the medication. Because the meds are chalky, and many times crumbles when splitting, it can be difficult to keep within proper dosage. And now my friend is finding it hard to keep on paying her portion. She brought it to my attention that we can purchase these meds "other ways" by either online or from the streets, eliminating the doctor's fee totally! I am not in agreement with it at all! I feel criminal the way we are doing it now.. I feel ashamed & nasty. A poor example to my children (though they are unaware of this) Though my 4 adult children are aware of my addiction (as I confessed to them when I began the treatment) however, my minor children have no idea of this whole mess. My 2 older children are married, beginning their own family. My next other set of adult children live at home, both students of well known college universities. My 5th child is in his first year of high school and my youngest still in elementary school. I've called for help from several resources. One therapist on the phone, sounded appalled a women of my age having a addiction proyblem (he didn't even address the emotional abuse, nor my husbands addiction) though he couldn't help me (he's fees were too expensive) he couldn't hang up before asking how a women of my age could have an addiction problem. I told him it was a doctor who led me into this world by prescribing 10 mg. percocet for 2 years for a bulging cervical disc and bursitis in my cervical regeion. Two years into "treatment" of medications he wanted to do a "infusion" surgical procedure. I declined the surgery because the risk of possibly being paralyzed, he then refused to treat my "condition". So he cut me off like that! In fact, I had no idea I had a addiction problem at this point. As I never ran out of my medication to go thru a withdrawal, when I finally did & experienced the pain of withdrawal, I didn't even reconize it!!! I thought I was sick with the flu and went to the hospital.. After exam & questions, it was an emergency room doctor who told me what i was experiencing!! He actually gave me a shot of pain killer that almost instantly made me better! He informed me of suboxone, wrote me a prescription for enough hydrocodone for 3 days giving me time to line up a doctor that qualified for the treatment of addiction. Needless to say, the therapist urgently hung up the phone, I believe he was embarrassed... He didn't even offer me any other possible resources... My point is, people who want to be better.. people who scratch and climb to stay better... These people aren't curled up in some dark alley, nor sticking a gun in someone's back or robbing stores.... It's embarrassing in the first place, no less to get a health care professional talking, making you feel dirtier than you already feel.. The government talks about the "War On Drugs", they spend billions of dollars to fight this war.. They abandon the people who are ready to be done with addiction-- Even for the addict who doesn't know their ready-- Some people don't know there are ways of getting pass this huge mountain by ways of medications, holistic techniques, coping skills, exercise, talk therapy, emotional support, etc., You don't have to be locked in a room alone or left in a large room with a bunch of strangers in beds sweating, moaning and crying in midst of withdrawal process... If the government would spend half as much money they do putting people thru the legal process of the courts and then housing them for decades (sometimes due to over crowding, allowing violent offenders free on that farce called parole) In prison they do drugs, drink alcohol, and join "in-house" gangs, and eventually let back into society to practice everything they learned in prison... The real punishment is to society... As these people are coming out bigger, badder criminals...

    I can't afford a doctor, no less a program that teaches coping skills, offers emotional support and a clean, healthy, serene environment in which I can keep what little dignity I have left. It would be nice to speak with professionals that see you as a human being with a medical need, rather than a "run of the mill" get what they deserve addict. Even if I come across a doctor I might be able to afford, I'm only given meds.. Nothing more to help aid in ending this never ending nightmare... I know my addiction would have been over with a long ago if the medical community gave me half the respecet, half the time they did when they first treated me for this bulging disk and bursitis. I was led into this addiction by a professional medical associate and I was also left there by a professional medical associate....

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    I am a perfect example of the "not so typical addict".

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