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Weed Laced With Crack

Stories of AddictionThe stories of addiction are real stories about addiction. Let me tell you about what doing 2 drugs together will do to your life and body. Let’s start with smoking weed everyday and how it takes you to a whole weird world. It keeps your body all mellow like you enjoy it, but it takes your blood pressure to a lower level that can be very life threatening. The brain cells you are killing over time can make you become a nonfunctional human being. When you mix it with crack, because it is an upper, you figure you can do anything. Yeah anything is right, like a heart attack, stroke and low lung respiration which could cause death right then and there. Besides that, the two are mind boggling drugs and will make you lose half your weight in about 8-10 weeks and it will not take long to take your whole life away.

It took four months for me until I had no home, no job, no daughter and had pawned everything I owned, even the pop-up trailer I was living in. We did keep one truck out of seven landscaping trucks we had; and the company took another three months until everything was gone. So living in a truck and killing ourselves with these two drugs laced together really took a hold and wouldn’t let go until you let it go. So if you have hit rock bottom like I did and lost everything, please take my advice that mixing two drugs together will kill your body and it loves to eat you up. You need to get help to get healthy. You will probably feel fat because I did. You are 40-50lbs under weight so when you get healthy you might not feel real good about your body at first. When you realize you are healthy and you need all those foods and three meals a day, you will come to feel confident about your healthy lifestyle. Stay on track and start living life…you only have one of them.
Jenny W.

The Worst City for Crack Addiction is Detroit, Michigan

If you come to the city of Detroit, there are great sites like Hart Plaza and Renaissance building. Detroit is beautiful and it is even home of the Tigers. Unfortunately, it is the BIGGEST Crack town around and when you walk down the streets that were once so beautiful with two story houses, flowers and gardens, this is no longer the case. Drug dealers have taken over the streets and you can’t even walk to the end of your block without getting approached by a drug dealer. These people are ruining our young people today. They come to the inner city and sell at the school and kids are dying from overdoses.

In Sterling Heights, Michigan at Fraser High School, they sent a kid into the school as a pupil and he fit right into the popular crowd. He introduced the little packs for $10. Wonder what those were? Well, we call them heroin packs and within three months, 10 kids overdosed and ALL died. One “student” dealer from Detroit ruined 10 lives. Crack and Heroin are a major issue in our young kids’ lives. We do have a lot of programs to help these kids out. The problem is these are two very strong drugs and 99% of the time you will need help when you do one hit or one pack. If you are in this situation, there are people out there that have been where you are right now so please reach out to them. Just because the major cities like Detroit, Michigan sell Crack on the street doesn’t mean it is the worst city in the U.S. for addiction of Crack. We all have choices. You need to go to www.stopyouraddiction.com. There is so much support out there so PLEASE use it !!!!!!
Jenny W.

Alcoholism Is A Disease

stories of addictionMy name is Jim, and I am an alcoholic. Most of the things I was sentenced for were direct results of alcohol. In a prison in Canada, a couple of guys asked me to go to an A.A. meeting within the prison. I really didn’t want to but figured I could get out of my cell so I said why not. I sort of wanted A.A. to help me but I didn’t want to stop drinking. I went that night and found out that alcoholism is a disease so I felt a little better about myself. I still fought everything I heard for the first couple of months, then they suggested to me to get involved in the A.A. group, so I became the secretary and threw myself into the program.

It started to change my attitude about A.A., drinking and life in general. Before I gave my all to A.A., I was on a self pity trip that was not leading me anywhere. So I gave my life to A.A. and after 8-10 months I realized I no longer wanted to drink, so I got an outside sponsor and he bought me literature and books that I could read when I was locked down. I learned a lot from reading. You no longer feel like you are the only one this is happening to because it is a disease and there are millions of people just like you. So I received parole and went right to an A.A. meeting. I was scared at first but it took me 5 minutes and I was right where I needed to be. I was afraid I wouldn’t have fun on the outside without drinking but boy was I wrong. A.A. is my family and I love everyone that is involved. They tell me One Day At A Time and I live by that and it works. Try it and you will love it, it saved my life……..let it save yours.
Jimmy L.

Gal In The Glass

When you get what you want in your struggle for self,
And the world makes you queen for a day,
Just go to a mirror, and look at yourself,
And see what that gal has to say.

For it isn’t your husband, or family, or friends
Whose judgment upon you must pass.
The gal whose verdict counts most in your life
Is the one staring back from the glass.

Some people may think you are a straight-shootin’ gal,
And call you a person of place
But the gal in the glass says you’re only a bum
If you can’t look her straight in the face

She is the gal to please: never mind all the rest,
For she’s with you clear up to the end,
And you’ve passed your most dangerous, difficult test
If the gal in the glass is your friend.

You may fool the whole world down the pathway of years,
And get pats on the back as you pass,
But your final reward will be heartaches and tears
If you’ve cheated the gal in the glass.

To The Members of A.A. and N.A.

stories of addictionBecoming a new member of A.A. or N.A. is scary but it is the best thing that could happen to you. It will save your life. When you decide to make that first step and walk into that first meeting, you need to introduce yourself to the chairman and tell him or her that this is your first meeting and you need help. They will get you a sponsor the first night and you need to get three phone numbers before you leave. Go to as many meetings as you can. Usually, you should do 90 in 90 which means 90 meetings in 90 days. Go early and set up with the chairmen, make coffee, set up tables and chairs and set up the literature table. The more you stay involved, the better chance you have to stay clean and sober.

Make sure when you have the urge, day or night, to call your sponsor or one of the three phone numbers. You will never have to feel like they won’t be there for you because they always will be. Have faith in them and yourself and you will all get through it together. Remember they have been exactly where you have been. Everyone had to surrender one day. Just know that a sponsor can’t bring anything to your house to keep you sober and you have to attend meetings. Make sure if you are struggling with your home life to change it. If you do not have support at home, you need to have other plans even if you can’t get out right away. Go to meetings once a day or more to get the support you need to move forward in life. If you need rides to meetings, always ask. There are people that will be glad to help you out. I guess my main thing to all of you is just keep going, court ordered or not, JUST GO. It works if you work it.

The 12 step program works at a lot of things in your life. Always have a positive attitude. Life is rough out there and the opportunity rises all the time. Drive by those liquors, stay out of the bars and stay with your new family in A.A. For the N.A. folks, find brand new friends. PLEASE REMEMBER THAT BECAUSE IT IS THE TRUTH!! I had to change my whole way of thinking and sticking with the program helped me understand how I should feel and that I do love myself and the world can be tough but you will always get through if you stay clean and sober. Here is a little poem for you all to write down.  It is a good one.

When you are feeling alone like no one cares, read this because it is true:

Every night, someone thinks about you before they go to sleep. At least fifteen people in this world love you. The only reason someone would ever hate you is because they want to be just like you. There are at least two people in this world that would die for you. You mean the world to someone. Someone that you don’t even know exists loves you. When you make the biggest mistake ever, something good comes from it. When you think the world has turned its back on you, take a look.  Always remember the compliments you have received. Forget the rude remarks and always believe in YOURSELF.

Sure Beats Living In A Cell

I am an alcoholic, and my name is Billy. I started drinking at the age of 17 and right away I knew I liked it. I started doing things I did not want to do. I went into life and ended up in 13 jails in one year. So while in there the 13th time, I was only 18. I went and signed the sheet to get to an A.A. meeting and I knew I needed this to meet the parole board. I attended the meetings to mainly get out of my cell and have a cup coffee and a cigarette. So I saw the parole board and got out early. I had every intention to live the A.A. way of life, get a legit job, meet a nice girl and get married. Well after leading the A.A. way of life in prison, I thought didn’t I deserve a drink after that? I will only have one. It lead me to the next 22 years in and out of prisons.

Things got worse and I got sicker from my alcoholism disease. There in prison once again I started listening with an open mind. I got honest with my booze problem. I became willing to do anything to stop drinking. I asked the prison for A.A. books and pamphlets. I started to enjoy my cell and living one day at a time. I became a free man in prison. I accepted the A.A. ideas and I had time working for me instead of doing time. Six months later I was released. Something inside me had changed and I was afraid of the outside world because all it had given me was heartache. I went to an A.A. meeting my first day out and the people in A.A. outside were exactly like the people inside the prison. They were warm and friendly and welcomed me with open arms. Now, I would rather be Billy than anyone else! Through A.A., I found the real and sober me.
Billy V.

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