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Old 03-12-2018, 07:50 AM #1
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Beauty ravaged by addictions and endless happy hours

But running through the primary artery, the thing that ultimately accelerated their world and then took them down, was speed. Amphetamine magnified their paranoia, robbed some of their innate powers, drained their confidence, and ravaged their beauty.

Ė Patti Smith, Just Kids

And it was the same for me with prescription dextroamphetamines, Ritalin and Adderall for 12 years, to treat the manic depression I was diagnosed with at age 22. Those pills ultimately drained me of life. Wasted years. Lost time.

I am in recovery now, 201 days of freedom. Clean and sober since August 23, 2017. Attended outpatient drug and alcohol rehab for four months. One day at a time.

Sometimes an hour at a time.

Boarded a train to take my memories back/make up for time that I have lost/Iíll never know if Iím delusional/I just believe that I am not

Gonna work for my sanity/give it everything Iíve got/though so far I have cheated death/I know someday Iíll get caught/just living

Ė Time Forgot, Conor Oberst

What helped me the most in my recovery was finally getting honest with myself. Believing I was an addict who just canít have a couple drinks or just smoke one joint. Or take pills as prescribed. Because I canít stop. I have a problem with saying no, with saying no more. I have an illness that is not easily treated if you donít believe that you have one.

I was also honest with my psychiatrist after a dozen years of him treating me and prescribing me meds. I admitted that not only would I take more of the addictive pills than prescribed, I would often crush them up and snort them. My psych no longer prescribes me any addictive meds and my moods have been fairly stable on daily doses of lithium and neurontin.

I relapsed earlier this year on crystal meth and for awhile thought I could convince my doc to begin prescribing me Adderall again. It was better than meth! Iíd save money! I would tell him. But I got smart and realized that taking addictive pills were just as bad because I donít know how to stop with anything addictive. Even oreos. After nearly totaling my car (again), time in jail, and a psych ward stint (again). enough was enough was enough.

My innate powers as a father, my confidence and beauty in life would continue to be drained and ravaged with any addictive substance. Thankfully I saw that bleak future and the insight prevailed.

Clean and sober 59 days now. I have cheated death numerous times. I truly believe I have run out of chances. I really donít want to find out the hard way. I am grateful for this day, and happy and confident again.

I have worked so hard to get here. No turning back this time.
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All the best! Sometimes it takes the roughest learning experiences. I'm glad to read you have started loving yourself.
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