Monday, January 25, 2010

Addiction Makes You Feel Alone

Addictions Passed On

Raising children is hard enough on its own, unfortunately for my friend's daughter it was made twice as hard because of the choices she made.
My friend raised her daughter with all the usual morals every parent tries to. Stay in school, no sex til you're older, say no to drugs. Unfortunately for my friend her daughter didn't follow all of mommies rules.
By 16 she was sleeping around and smoking weed after school with her 'friends'. My friend managed to keep her daughter in school long enough to graduate, and amazingly she graduated with a B average.
But once the child turned 18, mom lost all control. Lauren moved out in with her boyfriend musician, she rarely came home unless they were fighting.
My friend soon discovered Lauren's addiction to Meth. And she pleaded every case under the sun to convince her to quit and get help.
Lauren's lesson was learned the hard way, she got pregnant and when her boyfriend found out he left her. Lauren moved back in with her mom but couldn't kick the habit.
When Lauren was 7months along her mom came home and found her passed out on the living room floor. Lauren had gone into a coma. She gave birth to a baby boy while in her coma.
Lauren didn't wake up until her son was almost 4 months old. She had suffered a stroke which had caused the coma and 2 smaller ones while in it. Her son is going to have a very hard time in school, it has yet been determined just how mentally challenge he will be. But the doctors are hopeful that he will only be slightly hindered by this and be able to lead a fairly normal life. This is because they were able to detox Lauren well before he was born.
As for Lauren, she has lost all sensation on the right side of her face and most of her movement abilities in her arm and leg.
My friend is now caring for both of them, Lauren is seen regularly by a therapist to hopefully gain more mobility so that she may be able to care for her own son. Receiving the proper treatment before pregnancy is most definatly ideal.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Alternative Drug Recovery Methods

There are several different types of drug addiction poems. They each assist the person by releasing pent up feelings and/or emotions that don't readily come forth in normal spoken word. Writing poetry is but one method of vocalizing these feelings. A few example include:

* Poetry written by an addict about the problems contributing to his/her addiction
* Poetry written by an addict about the effects of his/her addiction
* Poetry written by an addict about his/her steps toward recovery
* Poems written by friends and family members of the addict to express how they feel about his/her addiction
* Poems written by friends and family members of the addict to celebrate his/her steps toward recovery

(Type of poetry examples taken from Drug_Addiction_Poems)
Below is an example of poetry written by an individual during their recovery process:

There is a monster who lives in my head, He talks to me softly he wants me dead.
He tells me this time I'll stay in control. He tells me not to let anyone know.
He convinces me that no one cares, He whispers the pain is to much to bear.
He tells me how wonderful I will feel. He tells me he loves me and it is real.
He tells me not to call anyone, My heart starts racing, he tells me it will be fun.
He tells me not to think of past times, He promises I can do it just once this time
Who is this monster who calls me by name, RELAPSE, he waiting to start the game.

Another method of addiction treatment can be found in Coloring Therapy, the focus of meditation is easily attained through the activity of coloring itself. Coloring is used as a way to begin to quiet the mind, listen inwardly and open up to higher knowledge, healing, and creativity. This alternative to formal meditation practices can help people of all ages in recovery improve coping and awareness skills through an enjoyable activity. ( This being a non-traditional way or a holistic form of addiction treatment.

Addiction recovery can be attained in many fashions, the most commonly used is of course treatment centers. Finding the best path to recover on depends on the individual afflicted and their best method of learning.