do you believe that drug addiction is filling a void?

i believe that drug addiction is either a filler or a crutch. meaning, every drug addict is either using his drug of choice to fill a void in their life, OR to run away from something.

i know because i used to be a drug addict myself, and i’ve relapsed 2 days ago.

prior to relapsing i was clean for over a year. then suddenly a few weeks ago all my friends left me and my girlfriend left me (for unrelated reasons). both have no desire to talk to me.

i am turning 20 on saturday. i am alone and lost and depressed.

when i’m high on opiates i am totally okay with what’s going on in my life. when i’m not on opiates i sit on the computer miserable.

Addiction is complex matter and it is often the case that people use drugs or alcohol for different reasons. I will say that once an addict always an addict, whenever an addict stops using does not mean that her or she is no longer an addict. It is usually the case that recovering addicts find something to put in place of their drugs or alcohol to deal with life’s challenges. Many turn to faith, while others turn to some sort of 12-Step program which incorporates a higher power of ones choosing. I will say that few ever recover if they do not find an outlet like the aforementioned, those who do recover are those who are willing to be honest with themselves about the severity of their problem and are willing to take certain steps to change their life for the better.

I am sorry to hear about your relapse, please do not be discouraged, sometimes relapse has to be a part of one’s story in order for them to reach a point where they are truly ready to take a different path. i would also like to point out that it is next to impossible to recover with out the help of others.

Opiates once made me feel good, nothing could bother me in life. However, as time passed and I went deeper into my addiction my problems increased exponentially to a point where I was looking up at the bottom. Addiction is a progressive illness and if it goes untreated there is usually only three places we end up: jails, institutions, or worse – dead.

I wish you the best….

4 Responses to “do you believe that drug addiction is filling a void?”

  • James says:

    Well, I found on prescription Lortab that it wasn’t really fun. I took it for an injury, and needed it, but had some left over. Sometimes it would make me "happy" for about 15 or 20 minutes, but then I would just be tired. Yes, it DID numb my psyche–I didn’t feel emotional pain or "give a shit" when I took it.

    I know when I lost a job, I sort of wished I had some pot or Lortab, but I didn’t go look for it and didn’t miss not having it. I got another job. I manage to "sleep off" my little depressed states and make the best of each day.
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  • sl0wm03 says:

    I think people use drugs to fill a hole in their life. They lack real happiness, and drugs either make you happy, make you feel good, or just completely make you forget about it. You have to control your train of thought. You don’t NEED drugs at all. Its just a want, an urge to use inside of you because your feeling down. Really, using is making it worse, because then your train of thought goes from being happy your high to "damn my life sucks" and the ONLY thing you can think about is depression and unhappiness, which makes you use more. Try filling it with a different hobby like working out so hard you go home so exhausted and tired, you don’t think about problems, you crash out on your bed. Sometimes its best to erase memories, some of your happiest memories can be your downfall. At least working out helped me get over some problems in my life.
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  • jare bare says:

    Yes. I lost my job, my home, and both my kids stopped talking to me. I used weed to self medicate. Then I woke up one day mentally and physically sick. They put me on antidepressants and now I’m all jacked up. Every day, all day long, I struggle with depression and what the drugs have done to me. Sucks!!
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  • Finnegan says:

    Addiction is complex matter and it is often the case that people use drugs or alcohol for different reasons. I will say that once an addict always an addict, whenever an addict stops using does not mean that her or she is no longer an addict. It is usually the case that recovering addicts find something to put in place of their drugs or alcohol to deal with life’s challenges. Many turn to faith, while others turn to some sort of 12-Step program which incorporates a higher power of ones choosing. I will say that few ever recover if they do not find an outlet like the aforementioned, those who do recover are those who are willing to be honest with themselves about the severity of their problem and are willing to take certain steps to change their life for the better.

    I am sorry to hear about your relapse, please do not be discouraged, sometimes relapse has to be a part of one’s story in order for them to reach a point where they are truly ready to take a different path. i would also like to point out that it is next to impossible to recover with out the help of others.

    Opiates once made me feel good, nothing could bother me in life. However, as time passed and I went deeper into my addiction my problems increased exponentially to a point where I was looking up at the bottom. Addiction is a progressive illness and if it goes untreated there is usually only three places we end up: jails, institutions, or worse – dead.

    I wish you the best….
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    Myself

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