Recovery from Alcohol and Drug Addiction Is Possible
It’s Like I Have a Gun in My Mouth and I Like the Taste of Metal – Robert Downey Jr.
It does for thousands of men, women, teenagers, and even children, all over the world.
Addiction has become more and more common here in the States and in other countries. That’s the bad news. The good news is that treatment facilities and programs are also becoming more common.
Even better news is that Recovery Resource Center has gathered together the ultimate information to move you forward in your recovery. We can help and we want to help.
I’m Not Addicted, I Can Give up Anytime I Want
Really? Are any of these part of your regular, every day, routine?
- Cravings for that one substance that just won’t be relieved
- Hangovers that last anywhere from 1 to 3 days
- Extreme thirst that you just can’t quench
- Diarrhea with or without constipation
- Vomiting, even though you haven’t eaten anything
- Financial problems including not being able to buy food or pay the rent
- Lack of motivation, for anything other than taking your substance of choice
- Feelings of desperation
- Isolation from family and friends or avoidance of family members who don’t use
- Absence from work and sporting activities
- Fatigue, frequent napping, and a lack of appetite
- Euphoria/mania, that feeling that you’re invincible and can do anything you set your mind to
Are you still saying that you can give up anytime you want?
Addiction is sneaky, it doesn’t usually hit you over the head to get your attention. By the time you realize you have a problem, addiction has got a firm grip on you.
But I Only Use on Weekends. If I Do Use During the Week, I Can Still Function at Work the Next Day.
So, which is it? Do you only use on weekends, or do you use at least once during the week as well? And what about that day you called in sick last month?
Any statement that starts with “But” is just an excuse. The problem is, the excuses just don’t ring true anymore. Not even to you.
Addiction isn’t a picky creature, it’s an equal opportunity employer. It doesn’t care if you’re a mother, a firefighter, a doctor, a businessman, a teenager, or a senior.
It doesn’t care if you live in a mansion, on the streets, or in public housing. And it really doesn’t care if you use it because it was prescribed to you or not. All it cares about is that it’s got you well and truly in its clutches.
I Know I Shouldn’t Use, But It Doesn’t Really Do Any Harm
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, there were more than 64,000 deaths from drug overdoses in 2016. These were mostly due to synthetic opioids and fentanyl. These are just the overdoses that we know about.
And that’s just overdoses, it doesn’t include deaths from accidents, drug-related illnesses, or childhood neglect. It doesn’t include the incidents of depression, psychosis, or the cost to our criminal justice system.
What about alcohol? The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism tells us that in 2015, 15.1 million adults (18 years and older) had a diagnosis of Alcohol Use Disorder. And you can guarantee that there are a whole lot more people out there suffering from it. We just don’t know about them yet.
An increase in alcohol abuse and dependence often comes with an increase in domestic violence. How many people have ended up in the emergency room after their partner’s evening of drinking? And a good, old-fashioned bar fight isn’t actually that much fun when people get stabbed or permanently injured.
Aren’t Some Drug Addictions Easier to Control Than Others?
Still looking for a way out, huh? Let’s take a look at the facts. At what we know, not just what we suspect.
The problem with any addiction isn’t that it just takes over the life of the user, it’s that it always has far-reaching effects. There are people who get hurt – partners, children, parents, brothers and sisters.
Consuming 3 standard drinks for a woman or 4 standard drinks for a man, at one sitting, puts you at risk for developing alcohol dependence.
The symptoms of alcohol dependence include:
- Needing more and more alcohol to achieve the same effect
- Not being able to control or stop your drinking
- Dry mouth, shaking, sweating, and anxiety
- Giving up social, work, and family activities so that you can drink
- Poor decision-making and behavior
Amphetamines aren’t necessarily illegal substances like Methamphetamine and Ecstasy, they also include prescription drugs such as Adderall and Dexedrine. Amphetamines are prescribed mainly for conditions such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Narcolepsy.
Taken as a recreational drug, either by injection or in pill form, will result in higher energy levels, euphoria, and heightened focus. Until you crash. And you will crash. You know that.
Symptoms of amphetamine addiction include:
- Sexual promiscuity
- Poor decision-making and behavior
- Dry mouth, shaking, sweating and anxiety
- Skin disorders
Cocaine comes from the Coca Plant and is native to South America. It’s usually snorted as a fine white powder, but can also come in a solid crystal form. Cocaine stimulates the neurotransmitter Dopamine in your brain, which gives you the high.
In other words, Cocaine can make you very happy, very quickly. But it can also make you very miserable and very sick. It can also cause you a lot of physical problems such as heart attacks and heart disease, bowel problems, and chronic nosebleeds.
Symptoms of Cocaine Addiction include:
- Sexual problems
- Anxiety, fatigue, depression
- Poor decision-making
- Lack of concentration
- Muscle aches, chills, and nerve pain
There’s not really much difference is there? And don’t forget that with all these addictions, the risk of overdose and death is always present. Also, accidents, criminal activity, co-morbidity, psychosis and mental illness can occur as a result of alcohol and drug addiction and dependence.
Are You Tired? Are You Over It? Are You Done?
We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” – Albert Einstein
At the Recovery Resource Center, we know how hard it is to kick that habit. And we know it’s particularly hard on your own. Sometimes, it’s unachievable. That’s why we’re here and why we created this site.
With the right resources, the right information, and the right treatment, you can get clean and stay clean. Drug addiction, alcohol addiction, even food and sex addiction, are all just different faces of the same beast. However, they each bring a different set of problems, and they need different treatments.
Make Yourself Comfortable, You Might Want to Stay Awhile
The professional team at the Recovery Resource Center have gathered together all the information you need to begin, continue, and sustain your recovery.
On our pages, you’ll find information about treatment facilities. Where they are, who they help, and how to access them. We’ll tell you about which treatment programs are best for which addictions.
In our forums, you’ll read success stories from people who’ve overcome their addictions. You can join the discussions, ask for help, and celebrate your successes. You don’t have to do this alone.
We’ve got the latest news about treatment, the latest scientific and medical discoveries, and which celebrities are currently struggling with addiction and which have beaten it.
Are You Ready to Recover?
In the next section on this page, you’ll find a more in-depth version of the menu at the top of the Recovery Resource Center’s home page. It will help you find your way around the site and will direct you straight to the information you want right now. Including the information you don’t know that you want yet.
Got sober, lived long, and prospered – Leonard Nimoy
You know it’s time. This is not the life you want anymore, it’s not who you want to be anymore. And it doesn’t have to be.
We can help. We don’t judge. We just help.
If you can’t find what you’re looking for, get in touch. If we don’t have the answer here, we will find it for you. What have you got to lose? Apart from your addiction?