Heroin Addiction Stories

Author: Damion Verkuilen

Publisher: Independently Published

ISBN:

Category:

Page: 150

View: 850

Many people don't understand why or how other people become addicted to drugs. They may mistakenly think that those who use drugs lack moral principles or willpower and that they could stop their drug use simply by choosing to. This book is for anyone who has ever been, known or lost someone to drugs; you will relate to this memoir. Your heart will ache for young Kayla and her battle through addiction will consume you. At 17, the main character became a heroin addict. This is the true story of her life and how heroin became her boyfriend, her best friend, and her life.
Psychology

Heroin

Author: Julie O'Toole

Publisher: Maverick House

ISBN:

Category: Psychology

Page: 200

View: 324

Julie grew up in the heart of Dublin’s north inner city, in Sheriff Street. Living in this tough area, she was exposed to crime and drugs. She started using heroin when she was 16. By the time she was 18 she was a chronic addict. This story details how she spent the next four years living on the streets of Dublin; dealing drugs and stealing to feed her habit. It is a snapshot of how a young girl became a victim of circumstances. It happened in Dublin, but it could have happened anywhere in the world. Her life was saved by a chance encounter with a drugs counsellor who brought her to first to London, and then to America where she de-toxed and slowly began to rebuild her life.
Reference

Heroin

Author: Humberto Fernandez

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN:

Category: Reference

Page: 304

View: 469

An up-to-the-minute, comprehensive examination of heroin's history, pharmacology, psychology, and sociology, Heroin offers a spellbinding account of the drug's power and persistent allure, its medicinal benefits, and its destructive nature. This updated and expanded second edition provides new research into heroin's effects on the brain, the changing attitudes and policies about methadone and medications, and the different approaches to treating heroin addicts. Included are studies of violence along the U.S.-Mexican border--which has put heroin trafficking in the spotlight--as well as a focus on how the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have made opium a valuable commodity and a major source of funds for terrorists. Animated with vivid personal stories and vignettes, Heroin puts a human face on the long and complex story behind this notorious drug.
Culture

Narratives of Addiction

Author: Kevin McCarron

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN:

Category: Culture

Page: 243

View: 639

Narratives of Addiction: Savage Usury is the first book to argue, in the face of more than a centurys received wisdom, that drug addiction and alcoholism are undoubtedly evidence of individual moral flaws. However, the sense of morality that underlies this book is completely severed from Christianity. Instead, it is influenced in particular by the writings of the nineteenth-century German philosophers Arthur Schopenhauer and Frederick Nietzsche, both of whom insisted that a genuine morality was actually incompatible with Christianity. The sequence of chapters moves from addictions on the streets, into rehab clinics, and finally into the meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. This is the first book to argue that the search for pleasure drives alcoholism and drug addiction and not the numbing of pain. Throughout the book I reject the claims of the medical profession, as embodied by the American Medical Association, that drug addiction and alcoholism are diseases, and further argue that they do not have the authority to tell hundreds of millions of Americans that addiction is not a moral failing. I also query throughout the book the claims of neuroscience, psychology, and the social sciences that addictions to alcohol and drugs are attributable to causes that their specific disciplines are best suited to understand. I argue that there is nothing complex about addiction: it is a simple behavioural disorder. It is the language routinely employed to discuss addiction that is not complex, just confused, and so it is also the rhetoric of addiction discourse, especially its use of simile, metaphor and euphemism, that this book evaluates. Dr Kevin McCarron is the author of two previous monographs: William Golding, and The Coincidence of Opposites, and a co-author of Frightening Fiction. He worked as a stand-up comedian for many years. He has published forty chapters in edited collections and nineteen peer-reviewed journal articles on a range of subjects including The Dead Sea Scrolls, university teaching and stand-up comedy, blasphemy, prison narratives, tattooing, prostitution, alcoholism and heroin addiction, begging and homelessness, and the Marquis de Sade.
Family & Relationships

We Are the Family of a Heroin Addict

Author: T. I. Ridic

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN:

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 60

View: 952

This is the story of a family in a small community whose journey of life took a severe turn when the eldest child discloses her nine-year heroin addiction. This disclosure sets into place a whirlwind change in all family dynamics as each member tries to acknowledge their emotions and new roles to support staying strong and connected to one another. It is also a book that illustrates the difficulty of staying together as a family in the face of the lack of being in sync with one anothers emotional and intellectual reactions. We have tried to be as real as possible with our anger, frustration, disappointment, happiness, pride, and amazement on how this part of our lives has turned out. It is not something we asked for, but it is something we have conquered. This is a story of losing and winning the pathway of recovery from both a family and individual perspective. Each chapter talks from an individual family members reality of what is going on, and it ends with the daughter who has/had the heroin addiction and her perspective of the family. We have added updates at the end to try to create an ending of sorts, knowing we will still be here over the next years fighting the good battle of sobriety as a family who has made it and stayed together through the addiction storm.

The Mask of a Suburban Heroin Addict

Author: Matthew Morris

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category:

Page: 87

View: 863

Are you or a loved one addicted to heroin or opiates? If so you are not alone.I have been down that rocky road and also been fortunate enough to recover.I can't promise you or your loved one sobriety, but I can promise that there is hope!After spending many years in the suburbs of Dallas addicted to Heroin and other drugs, I finally ended up in rehab and sober living. The first half of my story gives an insightful look into the behaviors and patterns that led me to heroin addiction. I have experienced most of the ups and downs heroin addiction has to offer, and been fortunate enough to survive.The second half of the book is where I feel that the best education lies. I cover my first stay in rehab, my life in the sober community I ended up in, and the many successes and failures of my 3 years of recovery. One of the main purposes of this section is for me to give an honest look at addiction treatment, rehab, recovery and sober living. My stories and facts are taken from my life, as well as the many addicts I tried to help as a sober house manager.I conclude the book with a chapter where I discuss my thoughts on addiction and recovery, based on what my experiences were over the last 10 years. I am not a professional or a counselor, but I have written this book to be an informative as possible.Because I am just an addict myself, this book will give you a unique perspective on drug addiction and recovery.If you are a drug addict I cannot promise that my book is going to get you sober. I can promise that, if you are interested in addiction, and ESPECIALLY if you are a family member or loved one of an addict, my book will provide a look at heroin addiction like nothing else!
Biography & Autobiography

From Poppies to Ivy

Author: Karen Byers

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN:

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 116

View: 795

Unfortunately, many real-life drug addiction stories end with an overdose or other tragic event. Thankfully, Karen Byers’s story is different. Her story is about the addiction, recovery, and success achieved by her son as he transformed from a high school dropout and heroin addict to making the dean’s list at Cornell University. In a compelling memoir, Byers shares insight into her challenging journey as the mother of a son who left high school after being on the honor roll, serving as the captain of an award-winning improv team, and serving as co-captain in drama club to beginning the long and difficult work of recovery. As she leads others into the past and shares both her story and Elliot’s, she offers valuable advice to other parents on how to view addiction in a different way to help guide their children out of the darkness of drug dependence and into the light of new beginnings. From Poppies to Ivy is the true story of a mother’s experiences as she faced her son’s heroin addiction and helped lead him to recovery.
Social Science

Treating Heroin Addiction in Norway

Author: Aleksandra Bartoszko

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN:

Category: Social Science

Page: 198

View: 478

Focusing on the world of Norwegian Opioid Substitution Treatment (OST) in the aftermath of significant reforms, this book casts a critical light on the intersections between medicine and law, and the ideologies infusing the notions of "individual choice" and "patient involvement" in the field of addiction globally. With ethnographic attention to the encounters between patients, clinicians, and bureaucrats, the volume shows that OST sustains the realities it is meant to address. The chapters follow one particular patient through complex clinical and legal battles as they fight to achieve a better quality of life. The study provides ethnographic insight that captures the individual, experiential aspects of addiction treatment, and how these experiences find a register within different domains of treatment and policy, including the familial, social, legal, and clinical. Offering a rare view of addiction treatment in a Scandinavian welfare state, this book will be of interest to scholars of medical and legal anthropology and sociology, and others with an interest in drug policy and addiction treatment.
Biography & Autobiography

Poppy Dream

Author: Joe South

Publisher: Joe South

ISBN:

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 344

View: 682

'Overwhelming' Geraldine Nichol. The Book Bureau Literary Agency. 'Poppy Dream - the story of an English addict' is a memoir written in the style of a novel. It tells the tale of Joe's descent into criminality, madness, prostitution, heroin addiction and later of his almost miraculous recovery. A true story of how one man's fantasies and dreams become reality - sometimes with terrible consequences, but ultimately resulting in something hopeful and good. Imagine 'Just William' meets 'Junky' - it's a very funny, human and sexy ride. Joe's encounters with famous and infamous people along the way add extra seasoning to this entertaining and illuminating lifestory. Joe was one of the first drugs dealers of the 1960s in the UK and through a naive mixture of innocence and a spirit of adventure he 'bites off much more than he could chew.' His inability to say no to sex with either men or women leads him even further astray. Set amongst the dreaming spires of Oxford, the seedy underworld of a 60s London: the glorious hills of mid Wales, a colourful, decaying Havana, a dangerous Cali in Colombia and beautiful, tranquil Paraguay - the story is seldom without an entertaining moment. Joe South's recovery from a terrible addiction and his very positive achievements later give hope and inspiration to a cynical and sophisticated world. 'Joe South gives no excuses. This is an honest and moving story about someone who had the courage to turn his life around.' Andrea Machain. Paraguay Correspondent. BBC, The Economist, El País de Madrid, Proceso de México.

My Suburban Heroin Addiction Story

Author: Matthew Morris

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category:

Page: 100

View: 269

Are you or a loved one addicted to heroin or opiates? If so you are not alone.I have been down that rocky road and also been fortunate enough to recover.I can't promise you or your loved one sobriety, but I can promise that there is hope!After spending many years in the suburbs of Dallas addicted to Heroin and other drugs, I finally ended up in rehab and sober living. The first half of my story gives an insightful look into the behaviors and patterns that led me to heroin addiction. I have experienced most of the ups and downs heroin addiction has to offer, and been fortunate enough to survive.The second half of the book is where I feel that the best education lies. I cover my first stay in rehab, my life in the sober community I ended up in, and the many successes and failures of my 3 years of recovery. One of the main purposes of this section is for me to give an honest look at addiction treatment, rehab, recovery and sober living. My stories and facts are taken from my life, as well as the many addicts I tried to help as a sober house manager.I conclude the book with a chapter where I discuss my thoughts on addiction and recovery, based on what my experiences were over the last 10 years. I am not a professional or a counselor, but I have written this book to be an informative as possible.Because I am just an addict myself, this book will give you a unique perspective on drug addiction and recovery.If you are a drug addict I cannot promise that my book is going to get you sober. I can promise that, if you are interested in addiction, and ESPECIALLY if you are a family member or loved one of an addict, my book will provide a look at heroin addiction like nothing else!