Garrett Holman never saw his twenty first birthday

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by Garrett’s Dad, Donald A. Holman

Garrett’s 21st birthday was on February 17, 2017, but he never saw it. He died on February 9th just 8 days prior to his third overdose in 2 months. Garrett is a statistic of the current Opioid Crisis and makes up less than 1% of the victims that died that read more

Even if you relapse, we love you

fall off the wagon

You have felt worthless.

Others have treated you like trash.

The criminal justice system treats you as criminals.

Society has labeled you a throwaway.

I believe that lack of support and compassion has fed the epidemic and contributed to your feelings of low self worth.

Typically those with addiction read more

I have a son that just hit 2 years clean

by Anonymous Mom in North Carolina

2 years clean and sober

I know they can go back, with triggers and all the other life stuff he can easily go back!

It’s a nightmare being a mother worrying with daily fear of where my son is and if he is safe–with sleep deprivation and riding the roads at night! I don’t read more

Resources for mental illness and suicide prevention in Virginia

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If you or someone you know is experiencing an emergency, call 911.

You can download this word doc with the numbers/info you see on this page. I am read more

Letter to that child still struggling with addiction

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Dear Addiction Sufferer,

I want you to know that even though you are struggling, maybe even using, you are loved. That last time you relapsed, you think you saw disappointment on our faces.

But that’s not what that emotion was. It was not disappointment.

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A crazy post about name calling

I don't like to be called chicken

Drug addict, junkie, crack head, coke whore, druggie, doper, pill popper, dope fiend, stoner, tweaker, bag bitch.

Crazy, psycho, bat shit crazy, cuckoo, fucked up, cray-cray, dodgy, lunatic, demented, nutty, loony, demented, off his rocker, mad, unhinged, loco.

These are phrases we use to refer read more

My love affair with heroin ended with recovery–by Honesty Liller

by Honesty Liller

I sit here today with 10 years of recovery from a Substance Use Disorder and I feel unbelievable gratitude of how my life has changed.

Starting drug use at age twelve wasn’t a typical twelve year old’s life in my hometown. The first time I used, I felt free, happy, and read more

Suffering from depression. Addicted to pornography

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From Anne Moss: Jason is in his early 20s and is from Chicago. He and I were emailing back and forth for a few weeks earlier this year. I emailed him recently to follow up and see how he was doing since I’d not heard from him in a while. The first time he wrote me, read more

I have been clean for 4 months, 1 week, and 5 days

by Kendall Baker

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The counter on my phone counts it for me down to the seconds, which, at the moment of this writing is rolling over to 11,472,931.

The counter is one of those little things that keeps me going in moments where I really want to throw in the towel–moments where I’m so desperate read more

If it were called heroin, would a doctor prescribe it?

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Drugs like Oxycontin, Vicodin, Dilaudid, Tramdol, Percocet are heroin. They are all opiates. Just because it comes to you on a prescription pad makes it no less dangerous than heroin.

What if the bottle said what it was. Heroin. Would you take it? Would you ask for it? Would you hesitate?

It starts read more