My son started heroin at 15. At first I just thought he was just being rebellious, I never thought he would do heroin. He met a girl at work who used heroin and he used to impress her. I didn’t […]
I Remember the very first day that I boarded this addiction train, Aug 2,2009. I discovered that my 18 year old son who had just graduated high school was “shooting” up. I couldn’t wrap my head around what that even […]
I first started taking pills in my preteens. Diagnosed as ADD or ADHD (it was the 90s), I didn’t really have a sober teen decade. When I was 19, the same Doctor I’d been seeing for eight years said I […]
My name is Charles “Chuck” Malinowski, and this is my story, at least part of it. I have Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, also known as Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome. I developed this condition in November 2007. I have been existing with […]
I am 65 years old and celebrated 3 years of absolute abstinence on July 6th 2018. It has been a struggle that has spanned almost 4 decades of Opioid abuse, 40+ inpatient treatments, detoxes, rapid detoxes etc… And recovery began […]
Joshua John Thompson was born August 09, 1982. He was extreme.y smart and was very handsome noticeably in his teens. I was a single mom raising his sister who was 5 years older and his younger brother and sister who […]
This is the story of Daniel Stephen Thompson born April 30, 1985, brother of Josh Thompson. Josh had died of an overdose and the autopsy showed heroin and cocaine but there were other drugs present too. Daniel had followed in […]
Our family has been affected by opioid addiction since 2001. It wasn’t until 2006 that I was able to face the fact my son was a drug addict. He had suffered several accidents on his ATV, and was prescribed OxyContin […]
Because of addiction and overdose deaths my life has been adversely affected. Because my story isn’t one of personal addiction my story is of one affected by addiction and our story is just as important. I suffer from Complex Regional […]
I will always love you no matter what. Those were the last words I said to my son Jimmy. His call that day started the same way as it had for several years. Mom I don’t have any money for […]
I recently read your book, Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic, and wanted to let you know what a brutally informative read it was for me. Sadly, I like so many other parents can relate to this topic. […]
My Son TYLOR, got 30 day supply of loritabs when he was 18 from 2 teeth pulled and in college. He said that’s what got him started . Heroin,meth,10 years ,murder charges of his girlfriends overdose , found not guilty, […]
I spoke to the oral surgeon’s office before both of my son’s extractions and explained that addiction runs in our family and they are not to be given opioids. They said “no problem.” Gave them high dose Ibuprofen for 2 […]
The young man who stands before me is thin and pale, unwashed, hat covering his greasy hair, sores on his face. Where did my beautiful boy go? I wish time was like a labyrinth, a maze, that folded in on […]
My son Joshua died 3 weeks after his 29th birthday on 10/19/2016 in Baltimore, MD. He overdosed twice in 2016. The first time he was revived with Narcan administered by Montgomery County EMS but the second time in Baltimore he […]
My case against the doctors in Bend Oregon, who caused my Ativan addiction, is now before the Oregon Supreme Court. The damage, including epilepsy, is irreparable. The doctors will be held accountable for all in their community to see. Only […]
I lost my nephew in 2013 to a overdose. I have a child struggling with addiction. I along with others in our county,Brunswick County N.C. started a support group called B.A.C.K.O.F.F. bringing Addiction Crisis Knowledge Offering Families Focus. We work […]
I am a criminal defense attorney in Atlanta, Georgia. I represent people accused of all crimes from DUI to murder. I think I’ve been successful in many ways but in one way I’ve failed miserably. Over the years, I’ve lost […]
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