Unravelling the “Choiceless” Choice of Addiction :

All the time addicts hear, why cant you just stop? Why do you choose to live that way? You’re loosing everything, how can you not care? The American Psychiatric Association (APA) has created a manual of all mental disorders DSM is the standard tool for mental health diagnoses, including substance use disorder (SUD). The APA… Continue reading Unravelling the “Choiceless” Choice of Addiction :

The last day I saw my best friend…

We met way before my addiction took place and took over. You became my ride and die from the very first moment we met. Best friends or love of my life would be some the words I would use to describe you but they don’t even do it justice. You were one of a kind… Continue reading The last day I saw my best friend…

Milestone: One Year Sober

If someone was to ask me “Will you ever get clean from heroin?” a year ago today, I would probably say no. I came to a point where I just accepted the lifestyle of a drug addict and thought I was going to be living the rest of my life under heroins spell. One year… Continue reading Milestone: One Year Sober

Five Songs That Help in Early Recovery

Music in early recovery was an essential tool to assist me through this lifestyle change to sobriety. Music that had depth, meaning, and were powerfully positive are able to help shift your perspective on the world around you. Taking me out of my head of with all the triggers and cravings, music was an assistance… Continue reading Five Songs That Help in Early Recovery

Cultivating Mindfulness

The dictionary defines Mindfulness as mind·ful·ness / ˈmīn(d)f(ə)lnəs / noun the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something. a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique. Keeping in the present moment has… Continue reading Cultivating Mindfulness

Chronic Pain & Addiction

Chronic pain, pain being an underlying symptom of something that is wrong with the body, lasting longer than 10 weeks. Doctors are still trying to figure out why so many of us experience pain and how to treat us, especially the patients in recovery from substance abuse. Always talk to your primary care before starting… Continue reading Chronic Pain & Addiction