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Hopelessly Addicted MAG

By “Amy,” Tucson, AZ, Tuscon, AZ

Why is it that no matter how incredibly hard I try to point myself in the right direction, I end up exactly where I started? It’s like a never-ending cycle of failure. I sometimes wonder why I even bother to try if nothing ever comes from it. The last few years have been extremely chaotic and frustrating; from friends ­dying, to my coke addiction, to running away, life has taken a huge toll on me. I have had nothing but horrible events, one after another. But my biggest struggle has been my addiction; it’s the hardest thing I’ve ever had to deal with.

I realize that many people think the life of an ­addict is easy – we just sit around all day getting money off of people and scoring a high. Do you ­really think it’s all fun and games? Or that we want our addictions to run our lives? My addiction, anyway, was ­anything but easy.

The days were long and endless when I couldn’t buy coke. I would spend between $40 and $100 a day, just on me. My weekly debt was only $60 when I first started. I was not ­using that much back then, but that changed when my boyfriend broke up with me. Then my dealer, who happened to be my best friend, started giving me coke for free.

Soon I couldn’t go a day without it. The white powder lifted into my nasal passages with ease. I took line after line into my body, hoping I could block everything out of my mind. My mind quickly relaxed, my heart raced, and my hands shook, but everything was good. I was happy – for the 10 ­minutes the high lasted. Then I’d do another line. Eventually my friend cut me off and tried to talk me into getting help, so I cut him out of my life.

With no coke in my system, I became angry, an­grier than I had ever been. My body shook for no reason. I was irritable and distant. I couldn’t think of anything but coke. I wanted it all to stop – to go back to the way things had been before I started. I wanted my life back. I didn’t want to have to sneak out of my house and score in alleys with money I stole from a sleeping homeless guy. My life was out of my control and I would have done anything to get it back, but my body wouldn’t let me. I was lost.

Just when things were starting to improve and I was finally getting my life under control, I ran away. I met lots of new people who quickly ­became friends; they were either runaways or dropouts pushing 30, but they were all addicts. Our apartment had one bedroom with nine people in it. They took care of me. They fed me, bought me clothes, a toothbrush, and whatever I needed, as well as kept me safe and ­hidden from the cops.

Then one day I overdosed. It was like any other night at the apartment. A bunch of us decided we wanted to party somewhere else. One of my friends offered his mom’s house since she was out of town. We all hopped into cars, and on the way we stopped to buy some coke.

When we arrived the house was dark and music was blasting in the living room. I headed straight for the bathroom to get high. Everyone was dancing and drinking and laughing and having fun. That’s when I made more bad decisions. A friend took a “donation” from everyone and showed up an hour later with ­ecstasy pills. I took two.

I started to feel faint and collapsed. My friends carried me to a bedroom and put me on the bed. ­After I convinced them that I was okay, a friend helped me up and made me promise not to do any more drugs.

I promised, of course, but seven lines of coke later I was stumbling down the hall, falling every few feet. I ended up hot and shaking on the bathroom tile with four “friends” gathered around me while the others waited nervously outside. My entire body shook ­uncontrollably, and I couldn’t catch my breath. I felt as if I were suffocating and had no ­control over my body. The feeling was almost indescribable; an overdose is one of the worst feelings ever. I was scared. I was trying hard to keep my eyes open but couldn’t. My friends took turns pouring water on me to cool me down while the others tried to keep me awake.

Even after that I still didn’t stop using for another three weeks. And even though I was able to stop ­before I ruined my life completely, I still wake up in the middle of the night craving coke, almost ­tasting the drip in the back of my throat.

I ask myself every day how I let myself get ad­dicted. Truth be told, no answer ever seems reason enough. Yet here I am, a year and a half sober. Drugs are the biggest demon any person can face. Once this demon is in your life, it’s hard to break free. It takes control of you, of your life, and pulls you down before you realize what is happening.

Escaping is an ongoing battle I’ll face every day for the rest of my life. I made the choice to quit on my own, without rehab or counseling. I relied only on my family, my closest friends, and myself. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. Long, sleepless nights, mood swings, huge fits over nothing – I was on an emotional roller coaster and was a complete wreck. I know that those who were there for me had an equally troublesome time.

Though I am now a recovered addict, if I could make the choice over, I would have asked for help. Being with someone who had experienced with what I was going through would have been a relief and therapeutic. I was hesitant about completing this ­article; this private part of my life will be out there for anyone to read. It scared me. I then thought, Would I have felt so alone then if I knew what ­someone else had gone through?

I no longer feel the need to turn to this demon in my times of pain and confusion. However, I often ­reflect on that time in my life.

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Hover BRONZE said...
on Mar. 10 2011 at 1:49 pm
Hover BRONZE, Mukwonago, Wisconsin
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Favorite Quote:
Sophistication isn't what you wear or who you know
Or pushing people down to get you where you wanna go
They didn't teach you that in prep school, so it's up to me,
But no amount of vintage dresses gives you dignity.
~Taylor Swift
*Defy Gravity!*

That's so amazing that you had the bravery to post that. :) You're also a great writer! This is a really good article.

on Mar. 10 2011 at 12:22 pm
Crazy, story of my life, i went through the same thing and have been a year and four months sober. Its hard but you can get through it it just takes strength. I allowed to let my byfriend beat me and treat me disgustingly because of the drugs i havent been sober since i was fourteen and in this last year ive learned so much about myself and learned who i reallly am, sober. Keep it up girl

speedy295 said...
on Mar. 10 2011 at 7:17 am
really? im wondering how you can say something so rude. shooting up is nothing compared to overdosing on coke. dont be a jerk.

on Feb. 16 2011 at 3:47 pm
Hellllo, im really bored right now so i read this haa; it wusz pretty good (:

G@PE HORN said...
on Feb. 16 2011 at 7:32 am
i used to shoot up with my friends, it was a poor time in my life.  but this coke story isn't really impressive.  its just about irresponsibility.  if you wanna write, take some lessons to impress some readers.

on Jan. 27 2011 at 1:48 pm
.iloveyou. GOLD, Evansville, Wyoming
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Favorite Quote:
"There are but two certainties in life; death and taxes." Ben Franklin

I've been six months sober and struggling. Coke was my drug of choice and reading this has helped quite a bit. I read this and felt you. I know what its like to be so scared for your life but can't stop using. Having someone there that understand really does help, even if its just a beautiful piece of writing.

on Jan. 26 2011 at 4:41 pm
Internal-Love PLATINUM, Queens, New York
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Favorite Quote:
Nothing's black or white, its all just a shade of gray---

TI "Live your Life" ft Rihanna

Hello. I know this must've been extremely hard to write (if i wrote a true story like this, my hands would've been shaking!!) so thanks for posting this and for your HUGE honesty, like i said, it must not have been easy. And yeah, people are reading............and they're understanding.........and they're moved (or at least i am!!) So just by posting this article your showing young peeps like me the harsh reality of drugs and maybe you'll even change lives too. The more people who read this article, the more people who WONT wanna do drugs. I'm sorry a horrible portion of your life had to be spent in coke, and I'm happy you were brave and couragous enough to get through it AND write this article.  You did me proud :)

Curly_Sue said...
on Jan. 26 2011 at 4:04 pm
Curly_Sue, Sand Springs, Oklahoma
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Wow. I cannot convay to you how unbelievably brave I think this was. To come and and just tell it how it is-no sugar coating attached-was amazing. Congradualtions for getting past it and i pray you never go back. Good luck and God bless.

on Jan. 26 2011 at 12:14 am
MaskedCellist GOLD, Saratoga, California
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I've never been on drugs, or alchohal, but I understand the difficulty of stopping an addiction. It's definitely nice to know you're not the only who's had problems quitting troublesome habits.

on Jan. 25 2011 at 10:08 pm
Jakethesnake SILVER, Hernando, Mississippi
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Favorite Quote:
"Read, Read... Read everything, then write."-William Faulkner

Through all your hardships and difficulties in life, you have proven at least one thing- no matter what it is, with the right amount of determination, anything is possible.

Hats of to you, my lady.

on Jan. 25 2011 at 8:02 pm
xKeli826x BRONZE, Middletown, New York
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wow this is a great article. thanks for posting. btw im sorry u went through that it sounds really scary but a think we all have to go through some kind of superbad experience when were young. i've faced what i believe to be mine already.  anyway thats great that you were so strong when it came to quitting and im happy that you're okay now :)

on Jan. 3 2011 at 6:29 pm
Supergirl101 BRONZE, Portsmouth, Virginia
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Favorite Quote:
"When people who don't know you hate you, that's when you're at your best."

Hi. This is my first time up here and my first article read. This is my first time ever really looking into the life of a drug addict and I'm amazed. You told like it is not suger coating anything. So thanks. I've never done drugs and don't ever plan to either.

on Jan. 3 2011 at 11:27 am
TheContentedWanderer94 GOLD, Tallahassee, Florida
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Favorite Quote:
Happiness is as a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but which if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

Wow! I never realized the feelings addicts go thru to recover. I've never tried any drugs and your story makes me not want to ever try them. Keep Writing! and I hope you are doing okay!

1234567890 said...
on Nov. 29 2010 at 7:42 am
hi u guys this is sooo sad and i am soooo glad u got thru such a terible time

on Nov. 5 2010 at 9:53 am
cupcake23 BRONZE, Livonia, Michigan
2 articles 2 photos 6 comments

Favorite Quote:
Dance like no one is watching, sing like no one is listening, and love as no one has ever loved before.

Umm, that would make no sense whatsoever.   I did not think it was soda, but it would be an interesting story if it was.

on Oct. 29 2010 at 8:52 pm
ErisRose DIAMOND, Ashburn, Virginia
50 articles 1 photo 81 comments

Favorite Quote:
Omnia vincit amor et nos cedamus amori- Love conquers all let us yield to love
Sweat Dries, Blood Clots, Bones Heal, Suck it up and dance!
If they give you ruled paper, write the other way

thank you so much for sharing something so personal. it is amazing that you have come this far after your addiction... This is an amazing story!

gape Horn said...
on Oct. 29 2010 at 4:20 pm
this was an amazing piece of writing It really got me thinking that any of us in this world could be sucked in by an addiction

K_Rose said...
on Oct. 29 2010 at 11:40 am

hey this story was pretty cool. And im glad you got over your addiction and im very happy for you. I hope you do very well on your recovery.

But I lost somone very close to me on September 25, 2010 because of addiction. At first he was only smokin weed and after a while that didnt do anything for him. So he went to snortin pills and after a while that didnt do anything for him either. So then he started shooting up. He shot up with contaminated water and then his whole body was contaminated and then he got MRSA. Hwent to the hospital 4 times and was on life-support every time he was there. He's had 2 open heart surguries and has had heart attacks and has had multiple strokes. he was brain dead and his body had shut down. He was only 28 years old

on Sep. 15 2010 at 5:05 pm
its_just_me PLATINUM, Greensburg, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
Life is not measured by the amount of breath's you take, but by the moments that take your breath away.

I have a friend that had an overdose and it took him three months to finally realize that he should quit. He did it for his baby girl, but is still having a hard time. Your story tells everything from getting addicted, the emotions you feel, to quitting. Very good job!

on Sep. 15 2010 at 2:45 pm
SingleGal SILVER, Huntsville, Arkansas
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I loved it. its really great i used to have friends addicted to things like that and i tried to make them stop.....died