As far back as I can remember, I have been searching for something, yet never able to identify the source. That is, until I decided to embark on the path of recovery. In my disease, I both dabbled and delved into drugs and alcohol in this unnamed search. There were a few years in which I felt I had found my answer in substances, only to end up disappointed and more broken each time.
The holiday season is supposed to be a time filled with love and laughs shared with family and friends. For many people suffering from the disease of addiction, this can be a very stressful and difficult time. This was the case for me.
Throughout my own personal recovery process, I’ve completed multiple treatment episodes at both short-term and longer-term facilities. I’ve experienced the short-term “spin dry” treatment method a couple times where my transition back into the stream of life was an abrupt and difficult process.
A great deal of media attention has been focused on the escalating opioid epidemic in America. More than 52,000 Americans died of a drug overdose in 2015 and that number is likely to be even higher for 2016, but the statistics also make clear that alcohol kills even more people in the United States.
Benzodiazepines, such as Valium and Xanax, are a group of tranquilizer drugs frequently used to treat anxiety, depression, insomnia, and various other conditions. Many people treat “benzos” lightly, thinking that they are less dangerous than other kinds of drugs. Because of this misconception and their relatively widespread availability, benzodiazepines are frequently abused.