Happy hopping and welcome! My theme for the Challenge is addiction because both my hubby and I are recovering addicts. No worries though. I like to keep things fairly light even when dealing with a heavy topic like this one. Want a glimpse into my world of cocaine addiction? Listen to Metallica’s, Master of Puppets. If that’s too heavy, you can try Staind, It's Been Awhile instead. Much more mellow.
How lucky am I? My theme for this year’s A to Z Challenge coincides with the letter A. Sweet! No strange segue for this chick. Although, I suppose it may be a bit awkward to find out that the blog you decided to visit for the Challenge is one that focuses on addiction all month long.
I’m a recovering substance abuse addict and my husband is a recovering sex and love addict because ya know, one addict just isn’t enough for our family. Go big or go home, as they say.
It seems that you can’t turn on the news or surf the Internet without hearing about someone struggling with addiction. It’s everywhere. Heck, a town not far from me made national headlines for a huge bust not long ago involving a gang running drugs up and down our coast. Not exactly the kind of thing you want to see on the crawler of Good Morning America as you’re eating a bowl of Cheerios. Okay, fine, Captain Crunch.
Addiction is and has been for decades, a huge problem in our country. I feel it’s because we’ve either become numb to hearing about addiction, don’t have the funding to treat addicts, don’t recognize the signs of addiction, and/or simply don’t feel that the underlying cause of someone’s behavior is actually due to an addiction. I think this leaves many addicts/alcoholics untreated or in places they shouldn’t be like in jail or on the streets. I’m fortunate I didn’t end up in either place myself but came close to both.
I began smoking weed and drinking while a Freshman in high school. Sophomore year I started using mushrooms, acid, yellow jackets and anything else I could get my young hands on and then decided no more weed for me! It made me too tired. I even quit the hard-core drugs. At least until my graduation day when I celebrated with cocaine. Talk about putting some pep in your step as you walk across the stage to get your diploma.
Funny thing about cocaine though, it had a way of shaking hands with my brain, and then not wanting to let go. So she didn’t. She held on tight and sunk her claws into me. What began as a celebratory blast ended with me living in a trap house with a speedballing dealer who didn’t mind using a 9mm to kill the roaches in our bathroom. But did I quit using? Nope. Not yet. Why would I? He gave me my drugs for free. Well, no money was exchanged. But my dignity went out the window, but who cared about that as long as I was high? Plus, I didn’t feel like I had a drug problem. So what? A few bullet holes in the wall? Big deal. Drug raids, overdoses, drive-bys, and people being hauled off to jail…isn't that what made life thrilling? Ain’t addiction grand?
Laugh of the day comes from comedian Mitch Hedberg, who died from a speedballing overdose. “Alcoholism is a disease, but it's the only one you can get yelled at for having. Goddamn it Otto, you are an alcoholic. Goddamn it Otto, you have Lupus...one of those two doesn't sound right.” Rest in peace, Mitch. Your humor is still one of the best.
Do you know anyone affected by addiction? Are you proud of overcoming something?
To celebrate the A to Z Challenge my self-help book, Steps Along My Shore will be free until April 5, 2018.
I look forward to seeing everyone during the Challenge! Click here to get to the master list sign up sheet.