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    Opiate Addiction: The Relationship Between the Risk Factors, Treatment, and You

    In the United States, there has been a struggle against a growing opioid epidemic.

    Fighting my multiple addictions

    Being addicted to meth and feeling like I need to be praised for the things I do or getting the feeling I'm loved by anyone I'm talking to or around and realizing that I don't need the approval of people, but of Jesus cause in the end.

    My Recovery Story

    Hello, my name is Rachel and I am an addict. I have been in recovery for the last 6 years and 4 months. I am not going to lie and say that it's been an easy road because that is far from the truth. I guess I should start from the beginning. Just a little background as to why I started using pain killers to begin with. In March of 2006, I started having the worst headaches I've ever experienced. These headaches were not typical headaches. I suffered from them every day, from the time I woke up until the time I went to bed, get up and repeat. What it felt like was someone took both hands and cupped my head and squeezed as hard as they could.

    My Way to Recovery

    I spent my middle school years and the first half of high school trying to be accepted by the people there. In a town full of wealthy people, the only friends I was able to make were the degenerates. I started drinking and taking drugs because I wanted to be accepted.

    Overcoming Addiction but still Suffering

    In 2016 I landed myself in the hospital where they had to bypass my liver with a tip. On that day I swore off alcohol for good. My husband, on the other hand, continued drinking and hiding a secret of heroin addiction.

    A Recovering Crack Addict

    I have always been a drug addict for most of my life. I have come from a large family of alcohol and drug addicts. I grew up watering my parents' pot plants. My father was a cocaine dealer in the eighties and my mother was an alcoholic and addict.

    Dear Addiction: A Poem to Addiction

    Dear Addiction, You destroyed over 10 years of my life that I will never get back. You made me do things that I said I would never do.

    Loss After Loss

    I have lost my brother, my wife, and my mother all in the past three years. All at the same time while battling an active addiction to heroin and pain pills