Five secret truths about alcoholics and addicts

Auburn Pub

Secrets About Alcoholics and AddictsYou’d be surprised at the secrets addicts and alcoholics keep. Some are hard to comprehend, others downright dangerous. Here are five of the most common ones:

Addicts and alcoholics are profoundly ashamed.

Ashamed of what they have done. Ashamed of what they have neglected to do. They can’t believe they sat there in that bar, crack house or heroin den all night when they should have been at their kid’s birthday party. Hell, there isn’t even money left to buy a present. No one judges the addict as severely as they themselves do. They remember the lying, cheating and stealing. Many live with the shame of having sold their body and soul to all comers for one more hit. Total strangers. Unwashed. Unbelievable. Remembering all this can actually be a good thing. Because who wants to return to such a miserable existence? Both treatment and the 12 steps help deal with shame that, if left unattended, can drive a relapse. Sure, I’ve had plenty of clients with nary a drop of shame. They are the ones who really worry me. They come into treatment, do their time and leave unchanged. A little shame can be a good thing. It speaks volumes about morals and values.

They’re in recovery.

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Steven Tyler: Substance abuse ‘not the issue’

By Inside Track

Steven Tyler Substance AbuseBruised and battered Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler yesterday insisted that his fall in a hotel shower in Paraguay was not accompanied by a fall off the wagon!

“It’s not the issue,” said Tyler during a call into Matt Lauer yesterday morning on “Today” from Buenos Aires.

“People thinking that is natural and normal, it still bothers me,” said the “American Idol” judge, who went public a few months ago about tripping on his 12 steps. “But it’s something I have to deal with for the rest of my life.

“We flew last night from Paraguay after that incident and (now) we’re in Argentina for two hours. And anyone knows anyone who uses substances wouldn’t be up at this hour having a talk with Matt Lauer and the rest of America.

Full story at Boston Herald

Should High School Athletes Be Tested for Drug Use?

By Keith Ablow

High School Athlete Drug TestSooner or later, we need to respond to the fact that we have an epidemic of substance abuse that is taking a real toll on the lives of young people in America. 

These are not, by the way, only inner city or impoverished teens who wish to escape the realities of economic or social hardships. They are also suburban young men and women with every opportunity and resource. And they are not using only alcohol and marijuana (although these would be concerning enough).

They are snorting heroin, which is now plentiful in every single community in America. They are grinding up and snorting Adderall, the medication used to treat attention deficit disorder. They are taking prescription drugs bought on the streets or stolen from their parents—medications like Klonopin and Percocet. They are sniffing household cleaning supplies and aerosol products. They are buying and using products like Salvia from the Internet. They are doing anything and everything they can to get high. They are hooked.

Full story at Fix News

An Addiction Vaccine, Tantalizingly Close

By Douglas Quenqua

Addiction VaccineSAN DIEGO — Imagine a vaccine against smoking: People trying to quit would light up a cigarette and feel nothing. Or a vaccine against cocaine, one that would prevent addicts from enjoying the drug’s high.

Though neither is imminent, both are on the drawing board, as are vaccines to combat other addictions. While scientists have historically focused their vaccination efforts on diseases like polio, smallpox and diphtheria — with great success — they are now at work on shots that could one day release people from the grip of substance abuse.

“We view this as an alternative or better way for some people,” said Dr. Kim D. Janda, a professor at the Scripps Research Institute who has made this his life’s work. “Just like with nicotine patches and the gum, all those things are just systems to get people off the drugs.”

Full story at New York Times

The Global Pain of Alcoholism

By Carole Bennett

alcoholismThrough the blogs I write about addiction and recovery I am fortunate to find many clients from all walks of life, all over the world. I encourage my clients to keep an ongoing journal about how they are feeling, what they are experiencing and how they are coping. Like all of us dealing with life on life’s terms, some weeks are naturally better than others, but living and loving an alcoholic/addict is sometimes a roller-coaster ride by the hour or day.

I have been counseling a woman in Monte Carlo for a few months. She was born into royalty and continues to live that lifestyle. With her permission, I have shared her current journal of confusion, anger, pain and suffering regarding her husband’s alcoholic condition. I disclose this for two reasons — it is moving, candid and a heart-rendering interpretation of her life with her loved one, and because this disease knows no boundaries as the family struggles regardless of what their bank account looks like.

In her own words (English is not her first language, so please keep that in mind), I have altered nothing other than the layout for easier reading. Meet a bold, empowered woman living the life of luxury from the outside, but tormented on the inside.

Full story at Huffington Post