“Hope, Health, Happiness, Heroin, & Other Drugs” - this is the title of my BLOG that I have been working so hard on. This follows the years of my family dealing with addiction and how addiction truly does harm more than just the user. I will warn you that I use RAW REAL language in my posts. This is NOT to throw blame, or cause anyone pain - this is to show the TRUE feelings that have come out through the years as I’ve written down each and EVERY moment that has happened so I could share it all with you. I want you to be able to see what it’s truly like living with a sibling facing this demon daily, and how each of us have dealt with it differently. I even have some recommendations of reading that have helped me, and for those who may be dealing with it too... YOU ARE NOT ALONE!! I’ll be adding as I go, but stay tuned every week for a new story & follow our journey - NEXT POST WILL BE NEXT WEEK #addictionrecovery#addictionawareness#addiction#familylife#freeyourself#makingnegativesintopositives#bestrong
Have you heard of FOMO? Fear Of Missing Out was the biggest hurdle Ive had to overcome. When I started this business, I had no idea how much I was sacrificing. I had no idea all the things I would miss. It hurts. I feel like I'm losing ground. I miss out on every new experience my friends have together. I hope the finish line is worth the prime of my life. Because that's what I'm sacrificing. I'm missing out on absolutely everything, and that is my biggest fear.
I remember the intensity of the cravings. When sticking a needle into my arm was all I could think about.
The screeching discomfort of reality setting in while detoxing.
I remember multiple times, multiple rehabs, there was always a breaking point around 15 days where the urge to use would take over and I would find myself making my way back to whatever branches of city landscaping foliage held my stash, or whatever canyon boulder had the drugs buried next to it.
I’m grateful that eventually I made it through those first shaky two weeks. My mind became more clear. My body healed itself. Pains, fears, anxieties, and horrors slowly lost their control over me. I became more powerful and new outlets, opportunities, perspectives, experiences, and relationships appeared for me.
I’m grateful that they continue to appear and enrich my life. I’m grateful that things get better.
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When this starts happening with you around drugs and alcohol, you know that your moving into recovery!
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Some things never change! 😂
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"We cannot walk alone. And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always March ahead. We cannot turn back."
- Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.
This is part of my story for sure. Some of you may be able to to relate and some many not. When it comes to my story I lacked personal honesty so bad that I never though I was really and addict. In my mind “normal” people went out for dinner and a movie and I consumed drugs instead. What was the big deal? Wild…. Right? I know that reflecting on the situation. Do you ever wonder when the transition takes place from a causal type to full blown user? For me I think it was when opiates really entered my life. Mostly heroin. Once I started to Chase the dragon they call it my life truly began to fall apart faster then any lie I could tell.
I know someone out there still struggling will read this post and I want you to know a few things. I never pictured happiness in my life. I didn’t plan to live past 25 and I had no idea how to stop using. My first step was asking for help and quickly followed by being honest with myself. If I could have quit on my own I would have. In fact I tried for a year. I was no match compared to the substances. They did for me what I could not do for myself at the time. Breaking that cycle was the best thing to ever happy in my 31 years. If your struggling start small, reach out to someone and ask them to help you but be willing to meet them halfway. -
My story @brad_mcleod 👈❤️
My first thought was to create a clothing brand cut from the same cloth (no pun intended) as @toms (helping underdeveloped countries) @tentree (helping the environment) and @bombas (helping the homeless) with the mission of changing the dialogue around addiction, reassessing the problem of drugs in society, and provide aid to those in need. Thus #opendiscussionapparel got it’s start. My vision is to create the most interactive apparel brand ever created, where each piece tells a story. The designs we use will be inspired by someone who has been through the ringer of addiction and with each purpose you don’t just get the apparel, it would also unlock the story behind the person who inspired the design in the form of a podcast.
From there things got interesting 🤗🔥🤗
Dig deep and empower yourself today. Stand in your inner strength. Be uniquely you.
- Amy Leigh Mercree
싱크로율 200%!!👀 정말 똑같은 리퀴드 치크 뷰칼코마니를 소개해요 :)💃
여리여리한 발색과 쉬운 사용감으로
많은 사랑을 받고 있는 리퀴드 치크!💕
오늘 옐로픽에서는 리퀴드 치크 중에서
가장 비슷하다는 @vdl_cosmetics 과 @addiction_ayako 을 직접 비교해보았어요!!❤️
(에디터도 실험하면서 여간 헷갈렸다는 후문이...)😱
자세한 내용 확인은 옐로픽 포스트에서 확인 할 수 있답니다!!
People have been comparing themselves to one another since, well basically forever. The main difference now is social media. Imagine when you are in school and you see the popular kids and all you start doing is wanting to look like them or to be them. With social media that has multiplied. Anxiety, depression, eating disorders, self harm, self hate, and low self esteem has increased over the years. It’s one thing to have positive role models to look up to. It’s another when you start comparing yourself to other people and deem yourself unworthy. -Anna from Your Truth Foundation ❤️💜
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This is actually my nightlight. I took it last night when I had insomnia. I think it looks a bit like a bird in flight.
Most of the time recently I have wanted to stay in my warm bed in the almost dark and rest. Part of it is depression; part of it is the pain and fatigue from a chronic illness that I have. I am waiting on insurance to approve a medication that I need that is $1600 for a two week course which should be all that I need. My physical illness affects my mental health and vice versa. You all know this.
Tonight, I talked to my sponsor in my 12 step program. I told her all of this sucky day and how I was trying to do the next right thing. Still there remains this feeling that I’m “bad”. A loser. A failure. I’ve missed work and family stuff and had to cancel plans with friends because of this physical illness. I am mostly powerless over it. But I still feel guilt about not being at work, at taking care of me when it impacts someone else.
Do you feel that way about your struggles? Even when they are legitimate, is there still a nagging voice that says “you are bad” or something like that? It’s so hard to reframe when I hear that voice. Is it hard for you? I welcome your experiences. #irritablebowelsyndrome#ibs#depression#anxiety#chronicillness#recovery#addiction
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"My drug of choice was meth.⠀
Due to my addiction I lost my kids to CPS and my marriage went downhill.⠀
In this picture on the left I made a decision. A decision that would change my life.⠀
I was tired.⠀
I really believe I wouldn't have lasted much longer if I didn't make that decision...⠀
I decided to surrender my life to Jesus!🙏🏽 little by little He started to restore me.⠀
Yes it was a process, but a process that was well worth it.⠀
Now I'm even a guest speaker where I went to rehab.⠀
Today by the grace of God my marriage is restored and we have my girls home 😁"⠀
That is such great news @ozzy_chavez07!! We're so happy for your transformation!! May you continue on the path 💪👏🙏
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Actual footage of pre-2017 Ashley. 👹 This meme literally killed me. Probably because this is more closely relate to a documentary of past-me than a spoof. All jokes aside, my relationship with food has been one hell of a ride. Food has been my chosen vice/route of escapism for as long as I can remember.
I was obsessed with food. My first thought upon waking was often what I was going to eat that day, aka, figuring out what short-term mouth pleasure I could shovel into my being for ongoing dopamine spikes to get me through life. The planning behind the operations was quite impressive.
No stone was unturned in the world of cuisines: “sandwiches for lunch today, burritos tonight for dinner, which means I can fit burgers in for lunch tomorrow and pizza tomorrow night for dinner. YES!” Dessert was non-negotiable after meals. It might as well have been a limb. I had about 4-5+ pints of ice cream/week, if not more.
Fully loaded burritos with extra sour cream and cheese multiple times per week was also a thing. If the burrito wasn’t big enough, I took it back to the counter, demanding they re-do it, and probably freaking the fuck out of the workers (who seriously cares THIS much about 17% more cheese, sour cream, and beans?). I would order large amounts of food and sincerely fear it wouldn’t be enough. “Enough” for what...I don’t know.
Sometimes I couldn’t choose between two food places, so I would get meals from both. I would be SO full and my stomach would be aching in pure agony (my poor GI tract), but something that felt like a demonic force kept prompting this seemingly never-ending reel of “just another bite.” Eating late at night was cool in my world, and I would plan so much food into my evenings that the blood sugar instability would often knock me out. Falling asleep during meals wasn’t unusual. I started to feel like shit from the garbage food I was putting into my body.
I became a chronic partaker in insane diets and ultimatums. I would give up this or that, just to find myself in the same old patterns a few days later. Why? Because It took so long to ask the one question that changed the game. Cont. in comments.👇🏽
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A landmark study published in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology looked at the long term health effects of the common ADHD medications. The researchers found that those diagnosed with ADHD and prescribed with a typical stimulant medication (Adderall, Ritalin) had 8 times the risk of developing Parkinson’s Disease and Parkinson’s like disease symptoms later in life. This was the first time research has linked a childhood diagnosis and treatment with the geriatric expression of neurodegenerative disease. The work is entitled “Increased Risk of Diseases of the Basal Ganglia and Cerebellum in Patients with a History of ADHD” and is available online in the September 2018 publication of Neuropsychopharmacology. #ADHD#ParkinsonsDisease#Stimulants