About Us

Addiction is a brain disease, not a social issue. It is a genetic, chronic, progressive disease that affects the entire family. Not just the addict. It should be viewed like any other disease and treated as such.

This is my family’s story. We have an addict that we love and cherish and miss with each passing day. You will hear about our struggles, our triumphs, our guilt, our anger and our longing for easier times. You will learn something about addiction and how it affects us in different way. The struggles are real and they are daily. Each day presents a new set of emotions and feelings. What I feel today, may be totally different tomorrow.

The purpose of this blog is to bring awareness to addiction. Many times I hear “drug addict loser this” or “crack-head loser that”. My favorite is when someone complains that a drug addict was treated, seen or given more attention than another or another’s loved one. I recently over-heard a conversation in the grocery story between a woman and the cashier. The cashier stated “To bad all the druggies don’t overdose and die”. Those addicts are people. I want to spread the message to hate the addiction and not the addicted. I am hoping readers will see the human side of drug addiction. While some are hoping drug addicts die, I am fighting every day to make sure mine doesn’t. And this is our story.

 

10 thoughts on “About Us

  1. 'Steen says:

    Is addiction really a “brain disease” though or more of a “brain disorder” like anxiety? Not trying to argue semantics but I personally think of disease as a foreign body or deformity vs. a disorder. I feel like a disease is something you can fix with drugs or surgery, but disorder is something you learn to cope around. I feel like the word “disease” should be replaced with “disorder”.

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  2. Brittany says:

    I am with you on that one Mel. There are lots of things once considered disorders which should be considered disease. To be completely open here my anxiety I need to treat quite heavily and frequently as well as learning to cope on a daily basis. Before I started getting treated for it at the beginning of this year I was agoraphobic. I stopped going to school and to see my parents and the only reason I went to work was because the thought of losing my job caused more anxiety than the thought of leaving my bedroom, let alone the house. I, as well as my therapist, consider anxiety of such severity a disease, at times borderline disabling. Addiction and anxiety are similar in such a way, I think, as they are both problems with the brain where something gets broken by something foreign, whether it is drugs or a traumatic experience, which then causes symptoms of said breakage, such as compulsive drug use or unplaceable, overwhelming fear. Disease is a perfect word for it in my opinion.

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  3. I’m so glad to have found your blog! I can imagine how you feel, as a mother, but as a recovered addict, I don’t want to.
    I’ve seen the pain in the eyes of addicts’ friends and family, and felt it, too, when my Dad’s alcoholism/addiction played him like a marionette.
    I look forward to reading your work.

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  4. Hello, I was wondering if you would be interested in doing a guest post for me. If you want I could do one for you too. Might be interesting, you would get the side of an addict and I would get the side of a mother. Let me know.

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