With every section of society impacted on some level by substance abuse today, it has made it easier for people to share the truth behind their personal drug stories. People who decide to come clean about a sibling, spouse or child’s absence from the family or their mysterious or sudden death, often say honesty is a way to honor their loved one’s life as well as to bring greater awareness to the disease of addiction.
However, as Munchie Morgan, whose sister Sarah’s battle with addiction ended tragically which she explains in her personal drug story, this is not always easy. In fact, in her own words she confessed that when she decided to go public about the real reason her sister died, she was scared and braced herself for the reaction. “Part of the reason I felt the need to share my sister’s story with the world when she died” Morgan said, “is because I was tired of people thinking that they or their loved ones were immune to addiction and staying silent would have contributed to the stigmas attached to the disease that Sarah had fought so hard to overcome.”
For much of the past century, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) the study of addiction was shrouded by powerful misconceptions. What these study outcomes conclusively revealed is that addiction is more about the individual’s brain than their will. Myths about will-power and morality dictated, to a large degree, judicial penalties for drug use, distribution of funds for research, development of treatment interventions and the provision of public assistance for those battling this disease.
However, with addiction reaching epidemic proportions on a global scale, it resulted in a shift that has mandated the need for greater study and understanding of the compulsive and obsessive use of drugs despite serious and often life-threatening consequences. Through identification of various biological, environmental and genetic factors relevant to the use of drugs and alcohol, scientist have demystified some of the fallacies that perpetuated the stigma of addiction.
According to the NIDA, a number of groundbreaking discoveries about the brain have revolutionized the drug addiction treatment process. In addition, long overlooked areas such as the effect of drug abuse on women versus men have also been highlighted and resulted in the development of more gender specific intervention programs. Changes in the way addiction is viewed and treated is also making inroads relevant to the number of people that are able to halt the endless cycles of addiction and resume happy and productive lives.
Jodie Sweetin of Fuller House, Robert Downey Jr., Elton John, and Drew Barrymore are just a few celebrities that have reportedly overcome their battle with addiction. But celebrities are not the only ones that have been able to beat this disease. From the city to the suburb there are teenagers, young adults, housewives, professionals and even grandparents that have emerged from the dark cloud of a drug addicted life-style to share their victories with others.
With the help of quality drug treatment centers, people like Caitlin Myers whose personal drug addiction story that began as a teenager and included such horrors as multiple overdose events, mental illness, cutting and selling cocaine and being robbed and raped at gunpoint have been able to achieve a happy ending. Like Myers, many people in recovery today are grateful to the family, friends and professionals that have staged interventions and supported them in their journey to sobriety.
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