Category Archives: FROM OVERSEAS

Digital Journal: A Global Digital Media Network

Drug abuse of any kind has risks, but some methods that abusers use to take drugs are more dangerous than others. Intravenous, or IV, drug use is the act of injecting drugs into your body. It is one of the most dangerous and invasive ways that drugs are taken. Using drugs in this way can lead to some serious medical conditions like Hepatitis C and the HIV virus, and continued use and repeated trauma to injections sites can lead to

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Michael’s Voice Still Speaks – Facing Addiction – Facing Addiction

My name is Betsy Ragone. My son Michael struggled with heroin addiction for over 10 years. He died on January 17, 2016 of an accidental heroin and fentanyl overdose. He was in his childhood home in Charlotte, North Carolina. He was 30 years old.Michael was a hilariously funny kid and man. He loved fishing, football, poker, jokes, his girlfriend, and friends. He loved our family, especially his grandma, Gram. He sang songs that he’d memorized in Italian. He lit up a room with his smile and personality.He was ashamed of his addiction and always thought he could beat it on his own. One of his last texts to me was, love u 2 Moms. Don’t let fear control you. I know how bad this sounds but I promise I will not make you bury me. I’m going to out live u.He didn’t mean to leave us. It was an accident. Michael was lured to his death by a cunning drug that destroys impulse control. He was crushed under the shame and stigma of being addicted. He used alone and died.

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Stephen King: Alcoholism, Drug Addiction and Fame – SoberInfo

Stephen King’s Addiction and Horror StoriesThe American novelist, Stephen Edwin King, is one of the worlds most recognized and successful horror authors of all time. Throughout his journey to fame and during his career, King battled with alcoholism and drug addiction.Over a span of 35 years, King wrote a total of 63 novels; his stories, including Carrie, The Shining, IT, Misery and The Green Mile, quickly became best-sellers and turned into Hollywood and television films.Although King has had much success and is estimated to have a net worth of 400 million to date, the author has had his ups and downs along the way.In a new biography, King reveals that during the 80s, he spent most of his time binging on drugs and alcohol. So much so, King claims to have no recollection of writing some of his novels during the time period.

Source: Stephen King: Alcoholism, Drug Addiction and Fame – SoberInfo

A Sense of Calm – Facing Addiction – Facing Addiction

My name is Kelvin Young and I’m a Holistic Stress Management Instructor, Sound Healer, Addiction Recovery Coach, but most importantly a person who’s in recovery from alcohol and other drugs.After many years of struggling with depression, anxiety and drug addiction, I found freedom from alcohol, cocaine, marijuana, heroin and other opiates and began my healing process in a drug treatment program in prison. Within this prison program I learned about the healing powers of meditation, yoga and expressive arts. I had a lot of misconceptions about yoga and meditation but the things that I was doing prior to my prison sentences weren’t working, so I had to step out of my comfort zone and try something new.By utilizing meditation and yoga I was able to find a sense of calm and inner peace while being in a very hostile and restrictive environment. Also, I was able to go “within” to understand the root causes of my experience with addiction. From my experience with these healing practices, I was able to understand that emotional distress, pain, trauma and stress were at the root of my addiction. I was looking for relief from my emotional pain and found it in alcohol, cocaine, heroin and opiates. They worked for a while until they didn’t work anymore and I got caught in the vicious cycle of addiction. This was a very profound learning experience for me.

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‘Alcoholism continues long after you stop drinking’: my 15 years sober | Society | The Guardian

It is easy to get morphine in University College hospital, London, if you are a good liar. It hurts, you tell the midwife, although you can’t feel anything, being so high on morphine already that someone could hit you with a sledgehammer and you would only laugh: what else you got? It was close to midnight on 13 August 2013, and I was on medical-grade opiates; nothing else can make you forget you are about to give birth. Eleven years without alcohol or drugs, and I fell, complete, into the waiting groove. I loved it. I was having a party in the high-risk maternity ward and they didn’t even know it. I lay back on my pillow and gurned with joy: oh, Morpheus, god of dreams.Guardian Morning Briefing – sign up and start the day one step ahead Read moreWhen the morphine ran out, I had a baby. He was very small and handsome, and he was an imposition. I could say I was frightened, but that would be self-serving. It is possible, even likely, that I was afraid. I was definitely high.

Source: ‘Alcoholism continues long after you stop drinking’: my 15 years sober | Society | The Guardian

Chris Cornell’s Wife Just Blamed His Death on an FDA-Approved Psychoactive Drug

Not only are doctors handing out psychoactive drugs like candy at the behest of their drug sales reps, but the drug manufacturers are lying about the dangers.We have no way of knowing the long-term societal impact of millions of children being irresponsibly given potentially dangerous psychoactive medication, as this is a relatively new path Americans have embarked upon.

Source: Chris Cornell’s Wife Just Blamed His Death on an FDA-Approved Psychoactive Drug

NA Historical Documents | Upper Cumberland Area of Narcotics Anonymous

NA HISTORICAL DOCUMENTS

We believe we need to know the history of Narcotics Anonymous in order to understand where we are today, and where we are heading tomorrow.We are putting together an outline of the History in all areas of Narcotics Anonymous. These are electronic copies of the original documents.Feel free to read, download, print, or share any or all of the files in this web site. This material belongs to all of the addicts of Narcotics Anonymous.We only have a part of this history. We are looking for more. If you have any historical data you would like to contribute, feel free to

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Patrick Kennedy on Curbing America’s Addiction Epidemic – Future of Personal Health

Several years ago, the youngest son of Senator Ted Kennedy made a bold decision to leave politics behind to focus on his drug and alcohol addiction and bipolar disorder. Now healthy and sober, he is advocating for changes to mental health care by sharing his own experiences with the world.

Source: Patrick Kennedy on Curbing America’s Addiction Epidemic – Future of Personal Health

Isabella Sammartano Obituary – Kirkwood, Missouri | Bopp Chapel

Isabella Marie SammartanoWith deep sadness we mourn the sudden passing of our dear daughter Isabella (Bella) Sammartano, age 20, who succumbed to her battle with addiction and died from a heroin overdose in our home on March 24, 2017. Showing strength, determination, and a love for life, Bella lived clean for the last 16 months before her sudden relapse last week, succumbing to this terrible disease, now an epidemic and taking far too many of our loved ones from us every day.

Source: Isabella Sammartano Obituary – Kirkwood, Missouri | Bopp Chapel