The Darkest Night of My Addiction

Cockroaches scampered up the bed and scurried across my Greenwich Village apartment floor. A tarantula writhed atop my dresser. I knew I was hallucinating. The empty liter of Bacardi rum glared at me next to barren packets of cocaine. I had hit bottom in my addiction.

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Austin Eubanks

Mass Shooting Survivor Austin Eubanks Talks About Life After Columbine

Austin Eubanks survived the Columbine shooting but almost lost everything after his addiction took him to the brink. “I could literally get whatever I wanted. Telling them I’d been shot at Columbine and lost my best friend was like [getting] an open prescription book from any doctor.”

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12 Tips for Coping with Sensory Overload During the Holidays

I have had meltdowns because of too much noise, or too many people talking at the same time. I don’t like parties, crowds, or the demands of the holidays. I don’t like Christmas or New Year’s or any other holiday – except for maybe Halloween.

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Hep C

Chasing a Cure for Hepatitis C | The Fix

When I quit drugs and drinking, I found out I had chronic persistent hepatitis C. I’d contracted it in 1978 when I was 17. As the years went by, my chances increased for developing cirrhosis, liver cancer, or liver failure. I might even need a liver transplant. I’d heard about interferon and its brutal side effects, including suicidal depression. I had HCV (hepatitis C virus) because I’d been so depressed as a teen, I shot drugs and shared needles in hopes I’d croak.

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Halloween Horror

Halloween Special: Tales of Addiction Horror

There is nothing more diabolical than the voice of addiction hijacking thoughts, rationalizing atrocious behavior.

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Cat Marnell

Cat Marnell Gives the Addiction Memoir a Makeover

‘How to Murder Your Life’ by Cat Marnell is what every addict memoir should be: adventure-packed, shocking, darkly humorous, and gut-wrenching—the only thing missing is sobriety. You’re likely to read it in one fast sitting. It’s a fascinating, yet disturbing, tale about Adderall addiction.

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Non-Addicts Had Questions About Addiction. Here Are Answers

Answers for non-addicts about addiction to drugs and alcohol. For 15 years I was a heavy drug and alcohol user. After trying to quit repeatedly—and failing miserably—I finally asked for help in 1988. My recovery began with spending 31 days in a rehab, then decades of therapy, plus 28 years of surrounding myself with sober addicts who “get it.” Am I cured? No. But I’m grateful for the daily reprieve.

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Jon Hamm

Jon Hamm Opens Up About Recovery And Therapy

Jon Hamm talked about his 30-day stay in an alcohol treatment facility. “There’s something to be said for pulling yourself out of the grind for a period of time and concentrating on recalibrating the system. And it works. It’s great.”

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Steven Bauer

Steven Bauer of Ray Donovan Returns to Rehab

Bauer said about using coke, “I was carelessly casual about it. It was as natural as the ingestion of liquor. But it hurt me in more than a few ways. I behaved irresponsibly when I should have been professional.”

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quit smoking

How I Am Trying to Kick My Smoking Habit by Boris Dzhingarov

These evil little things have haunted me most of my life, ever since that first sweet drag of nicotine when I was 14 I’ve had an on-off love affair with the cancer sticks. Quitting is something that I’ve done intermittently

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