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AG's MOM lost Aaron to an Overdose

Faith will get me thru it...In the end, that's all I have.  My faith will help me sustain all my challenges.  When fear, anxiety try to surface I return home -- I remember FAITH WILL GET ME THRU IT..

Last week my dear friend buried her youngest son David age 36.  Her middle son Adam said ," the drugs took his life."  " He said my brother lost his apartment, Loan sharks were chasing after him . He had to move in with his dad."  It was a dark moment when they found David slouched over in a chair  DEAD.   I couldn't get to the funeral on time in Long Island.   I came after everyone was gone and it was just me and the clean dirt with his name on it and  the name of  Chapel who brought him.  I couldn't face seeing my dear friends face at her tremendous loss.   I knew how that feels and I wasn't ready to come face 2 face with losing another son to heroin overdose.

When I'm in that negative space.  There's one thing that gets me thru it.  FAITH.  I cry to G-D and ask him to take it all.  It's too much to bear.  Help me get thru it.  It's like that huge wave from the PERFECT STORM.  I just have to go thru it and ask G-D to get me there with a safe landing.  I used to find myself not getting out of bed until I called  30 friends.  I was in such a bad place from  fear of not knowing what will be that it paralyzed me.  Friends loving words cushioned me or that was my band aid.  I knew that I had to do the real work.  FAITH - NO MATTER WHAT - Faith was going to get me thru this and the slogans ONE DAY AT A TIME.  No one but me was going to  kick my ass.  I realized NO, I must survive this.  Missing Aaron never goes away that dreadful day  when I got that call that he was no more.  I know now that I have to survive and only my FAITH can get me thru it.  No meds as I had the worst reaction to Ambilify to topomak.    I'm  going to have to get thru this with FAITH. Knowing my G-D is right here inside me, I allow my fear to be replaced by faith.  FAITH knowing if I put in the effort, the work I'm going to see the light at the end of the tunnel.  I'm going to stay connected to my community of Samaritan Daytop Village, Thrive,  Magic Chairs (support group of parents with addict children)  (Compassionate friends, Cope - Support groups of parents that lost their children, and  (Nami - Nat. Alliance on Mental Illness).  I set aside a time to connect to my higher power and realize I am not running the show.  When I turn my tiny power over to my higher Power, I tune into a magnificent power.  This infinite magnificent power is what gives me the strength to control myself.  I cannot do it alone.

Faith means detaching from controlling other people and getting on with my life.  Faith means hoping the end result is going to be positive. Even if I have to fake it till I make it which I do everyday. I  will live and visual life's living thoughts.  I will visualize that my addict daughter living in a domestic shelter with my 9 year olds grandson is being cared for in a shelter.  They have their food and shelter needs provided.   My faith and gratitude will help me to say get on with your life .     I will do my weekly goals - day by day goals, fill up my calendar with hour to hour schedules of work, play dates - sets target goals for the month.  My faith will help me focus on me - my needs.  Keeping busy will save my life , my faith will keep my compass going north and if I slip south I will pick myself up and start again - all over again. one foot in front of the other.  I have to look at FAITH as a new opportunity has just arrived - FAITH.

My recovery is linked to your recovery.  We are not alone.

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AG's MOM - MY INTRODUCTION

By Aaron's Mom (NYC unspoken Poet)

I start my message to you with - I LOVE YOU.  When my son Aaron was alive, he always asked me, "Mom, why is that the first thing out of your mouth when I call?"  I said,"Aaron, Sometimes you don't call for weeks, even months, and I have to seize the moment. I don't know when I"m going to get that opportunity next to say to my only son, I LOVE YOU."

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Is Codeine An Opiate? Find out here!

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Q) Is Codeine An Opiate?

Is Codeine an opiate? Many people think Codeine is a common painkiller, whilst true as it is one of the more socially accepted painkillers, but like all opiates is heavily addictive. SCROLL TO ANSWER

 

 

 

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Can You Die From Heroin Withdrawal? We Have The Answer!

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Q) Can you die from Heroin Withdrawal?


Whilst very rare, it is possible that withdrawing from Heroin could have potentially harmful effects.


Can you die from Heroin Withdrawal?

 

 

 

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If you or someone you know is addicted and is asking the question, 'can you die from a heroin withdrawal', please contact us for support & guidance immediately.

 

 

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A Breakdown of Drug Maintenance Therapy (Vivitrol, Suboxone, Methadone)

A Breakdown of Drug Maintenance Therapy (Vivitrol, Suboxone, Methadone)
Addiction is unique among the many diseases that exist. While most diseases are either physical or psychological, addiction is actually both, existing somewhere in between the two. Oftentimes, we focus on the physical effects of addiction such as the weakening of the immune system, the damage to specific bodily organs and systems, and an overall worsening of one’s health. However, there are many other effects that can result from the development of an addiction, especially those effects that are mental and emotional. In fact, virtually the entire personality changes when a person develops an addiction, resulting in behavioral changes and other such effects.Fortunately, there are resources available that can help individuals to regain their independence from alcohol and drugs. More often than not, people think about inpatient drug rehabs; these are the residential-style facilities where people live on-site during their recoveries. During the process, he or she remains within the facilities to participate in various treatments throughout every day from the staff of experienced professionals and physicians. These inpatient programs can last as little as thirty days and as long as several months. However, inpatient programs aren’t the way to overcome an addiction. In fact, an option that’s been unexpectedly successful has been drug maintenance therapy. But what is a drug maintenance program? What drugs are used in this type of program?What Exactly is Drug Maintenance Therapy?Most of the time, when people hear the words “maintenance” and “therapy”, they associate the treatment with methadone, which is surely the most common form of maintenance therapy. However, we’ll discuss methadone a little later; first, it’s important that we gain an understanding of maintenance therapy in general. While the majority of addiction treatment options include and require abstinence, maintenance therapy is a bit different in that the individual is actually switched to a controlled, monitored substance in lieu of the drug to which they’d been addicted. In fact, it’s also known as medication-assisted therapy for this very reason.It works like this: A person suffering from addiction — typically to some type of opioid like heroin or prescription painkillers — is brought into a program wherein they’re provided with daily doses of some type of medication. The medication used serves several key purposes. For one thing, many addicts are resistant to the recovery process due to the fear they have of withdrawals. However, drug maintenance therapy allows them to discontinue their use of illicit drugs without having to suffer through a period of withdrawals. This makes maintenance programs much more accessible as detoxification is typically considered the most intimidating stage of the recovery process. Individuals can remain on maintenance therapy for an extended period of time without having to worry about hunting down their next fix. Additionally, maintenance programs often require some level of addiction treatment participation, whether it’s attending twelve-step meetings, psychotherapy, or some other requirement. In other words, the individual is able to learn some important recovery skills while being able to skip over the detoxification part.As well, the medications that are used for maintenance therapy are specially selected because they don’t cause intoxication in the same way that illicit street drugs would. There are three main drugs used for maintenance therapy: Methadone, Suboxone, and Vivitrol.Methadone Maintenance TherapyWithout a doubt, the most popular medication for use in drug maintenance therapy programs is methadone. As you might not expect, methadone is actually an opioid agonist that affects many of the same areas of the brain as opioids; in fact, it’s sometimes prescribed to patients who suffer from conditions involving chronic pain since it can offer comparable effects as those of most opiate painkillers. However, it doesn’t have the same abuse potential as other opioids while satisfying the cravings that opioid addicts tend to have for drugs. For this reason, methadone tends to have extremely high retention and success rates; according to the World Health Organization, methadone is one of a limited number of drugs that any country will need in order to run smoothly. On the other hand, there are a number of people who don’t support methadone — or any other form of maintenance therapy — because they see it as a person substituting one drug for another and still being physiologically dependent rather than totally free from addiction.Suboxone Maintenance TherapyAfter methadone, Suboxone is definitely the second-most popular medication to be used in drug maintenance therapy, but it’s a very, very different drug than methadone. While methadone is an opioid agonist, Suboxone — or buprenorphine, which is the active ingredient in Suboxone — is a partial opioid agonist that can satisfy cravings much the same was as methadone, but it tends to have something of a blocking effect to other opioids. Being only a partial agonist, there’s very little chance of individuals dying from respiratory depression if they were to attempt to abuse Suboxone, which is another reason why it’s grown in popularity.Can Vivitrol Be Used in Maintenance Therapy?If methadone is on one end of the spectrum and Suboxone is in the middle, Vivitrol is on the other end of the spectrum. More commonly known by the name naltrexone, Vivitrol (a common trade name for naltrexone) doesn’t do much for cravings like methadone and Suboxone; instead, this drug actually blocks the effects of opioids and will induce withdrawal symptoms in an individual who attempts to use opioid drugs while on Vivitrol maintenance. Until recently, the most common use of Vivitrol has been in alcoholism treatment, but since the FDA recently approved the use of Vivitrol for the treatment of opioid addiction, its popularity has been growing rapidly.There’s no form of treatment that’s optimal for everyone, but it’s hard to deny the numbers. Studies show that rates of success are higher for maintenance therapies than for abstinence-based clinical treatment. It’s important that every addict be able to access the form of treatment that is optimal for his or her needs, and that’s where we come in. If you or someone you love would like to discuss drug maintenance therapy or the treatment options that are available, call Sober Services toll-free at (877) 212-5798. Our recovery specialists are available anytime, day or night, so call us now and break free from the chains of addiction.
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