The Story of a Child Named Hope, Her Addicted Mom, and the Police Officer Who Changed Their Lives

Here’s a heartwarming story of an 8 month pregnant meth and heroin addicted mother, the Albuquerque police officer who found her shooting up (recorded via his body camera), and then what happens next. Spoiler: the police officer and his wife literally adopt the user’s newborn child — and metaphorically adopt the mother, as well.

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Go Ahead, Get Super Passionate About Something

New research is validating what many of us have believed all along: one of the most powerful ways to fight addiction is to find something in life to get super passionate about.

I know that once I engaged fully with my passions, recovery was so much, well, easier. If I was to immerse myself in rewriting my novel, which is what I did, there was no room for crystal meth in my life. The more my writer’s passion grew, the less control ice had over my life. I chose life, not meth.

For most of us, freedom from meth doesn’t happen overnight. Quitting is not an “event” that occurs (voila!) and is done with. Quitting is a process — a sometimes long, sometimes slow process. It happens over time.

The question: How do we encourage and facilitate the quitting process? What actually helps us stay clean?

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Doing a Geographic (without moving to another city)

According to research, the single best action you can take to increase your odds of still being clean a year from now is to move away. In recovery lingo, it’s called “doing a geographic.” You really can’t overstate the value of literally, physically removing yourself from your old using environment.

But since most of us don’t have the means to up and relocate our lives to another city or country, we have to do our best to get clean while staying local. How does one do this?

Here’s a few ideas:

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I’m Ready to Quit! – Online Course

It’s my great privilege to introduce our new online course: “I’m Ready to Quit!”

The content of this course is current. As new scientific studies on meth treatment come along — and they do all the time — the course material is updated accordingly. 

I believe there is no “one size fits all” cookie-cutter way to do life or recovery. I’m for what works. 

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From Meth Addict to Olympic Silver Medalist — in Less Than Two Years

2016 Olympic Silver medalist Luvo Manyonga.  Takes the Gold at the 2017 IAAF World Championships. Another Gold at Australia’s Commonwealth Games in 2018. And, now, all eyes are on the 2020 Olympics.

Here’s the best feature story I’ve found on Luvo. Next time someone says you can’t come back from meth, tell ’em about Luvo…

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Mourning the Loss of Crystal Meth

Mark Twain once said, “Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I’ve done it thousands of times.” Don’t we know it, too?

If you’ve been struggling with crystal meth, you’ve probably come to realize that quitting—even though difficult—isn’t nearly as difficult as staying quit.

After withdrawal ends, the question for us is no longer “How do I quit?” The critically important question becomes: “How do I stay quit?” And there are many different valid ways to answer that question.

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These 5 Things Keep Me Clean

In the 4-plus years of this blog, I’ve published only 3 guest posts, including this one. I don’t edit… raw… real… and some great advice.

By Peter Lang

I’ve been addicted to nearly every substance imaginable including heroin, cocaine, and every prescription medication you can think of. I’ve been homeless—living on the street of Philadelphia and the beaches of Maui for the better part of a decade. I’ve been in a wheelchair after drinking both my hips necrotic. And none of that was as destructive to me as crystal meth.

I’ve used meth at various times in my life, but it never got as bad as it did the last time. Four years ago, I was put on methadone. I had legitimate pain issues that were a result of having double hip replacements and a femur replacement following a car accident, but I also had a history of heroin use and prescription painkiller abuse so they put me on methadone. Continue reading These 5 Things Keep Me Clean

What About My Depression? ADHD? Anxiety?

According to a 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health by the Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, over 40 percent of people with a substance use disorder also have a mental health condition, yet fewer than half (48.0 percent) receive treatment for either disorder.

This “over 40 percent” number is averaged for all substances, alcohol to heroin. In my experience, the percentage of meth users who use to self-medicate mental health issues is closer to 75. According to epidemiological data, 40 percent of adults using amphetamines have a lifetime history of depression. And that’s just depression. What about anxiety disorder, attention deficit hypersensitivity disorder, impulse control disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, etc. But it’s important to note my evidence for the “75% of meth users are in some way self-medicating” claim is purely anecdotal, not scientific. Still, it’s a lot of us.

The user who self-medicates will have a rougher time in quitting.

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That Last Run

Since this will be the last post of the year, I thought it fitting to talk about that “last run.” It’s when we say, “This is it. My last run. I’m quitting right after this eight ball is gone.” Been there before?

(More than once, right?)

Though this post is primarily directed to the person who has just quit or is trying to quit, I think those of you well into your journey of quitting might find this interesting, if not applicable to today. And, of course, many of us had no idea that our last run would be the last. We overdosed, got incarcerated, or some other life altering event changed us so that we wanted to try to get clean. But for others like myself…

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Living the Full & Free Life After Crystal Meth & Addiction