The year was 1991 and I was in my late 20s chronologically speaking, but I was living like a rebellious teenager. In my mind I was enjoying life, but in reality . . . I was in prison. Things started out with me simply snorting cocaine, but then it turned to freebasing. My life took on an … [Read more...]
Episode 10: The Depths of Addiction: Breaking Cycles
A woman changes her life to help her kids and, ultimately, others.
Relapse can cause many individuals struggling with drug addiction to feel like they have failed. The resulting feelings of shame, guilt, frustration, and anger often leads to further relapse and a sense that the cycle will never end. The American Addiction Centers however, has a different view on … [Read more...]
Episode 10: The Depths of Addiction: Artificial Happiness
A man gives an honest response to what his life is like living in the throes of addiction.
Have you watched a family member or friend or even a stranger struggle with addiction? According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Organization, about 1 in 4 young adults aged 18 to 25 in the United States are current illicit drug users. On average, 130 Americans die every day from an … [Read more...]
On February 11, 2015, Union College professor and Facing Project writer Sarah Hendrix was tragically killed. This post, and this week’s Featured Story, is in her memory. Just the other day I was pitter-pattering across the belt of an old, dusty treadmill at my gym trying to recount the ups and … [Read more...]
The word drug addict stirs up images of individuals who have hit rock bottom, people who have made bad choices in life, or folks who are so seduced by the sense of a high that they give up everything they love to not have to come back down. Those are the images most of us think about when we hear … [Read more...]
Addiction. It knows no boundaries. It does not discriminate. It will eventually kill—if not your body, your mind and spirit. There are 23 million adults currently living in the U.S. who have struggled with addiction to drugs or alcohol.¹ And in the state of Kentucky alone, an estimated 1,000 … [Read more...]
It's easy to judge a mother who is an addict. Debbie's Story from“Facing Addiction in Knox County, Kentucky: It’s Our Move” is this week's featured story. Debbie reminds us to take a step back to empathize with a mother struggling with addiction. And more than that she reminds us that... Our … [Read more...]
A pharmacist has changed how she operates behind the counter. A teen broke the cycle and finds peace through her poetry. A man lost everything important to him but rebuilt his life through God. Their common thread: addiction. Eleven stories of survival, hope, and rebirth are showcased in the … [Read more...]
This week's featured story comes from Facing HOPE in Rome Georgia. Told to writer Abbi Strawn, Southern Hospitality and Love is a story about the struggle of survival and breaking the chains of abuse. The storyteller shared her journey from child abuse victim to drug abuser to overcoming domestic … [Read more...]