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DRUGS……………….HATE………………. October 14, 2013

Where do I begin?  Let’s just say that I am going to have a babble session about drugs and the effects that it has.  I HATE drugs with a passion.  Any and all drugs.  What it does to people and anyone around them.  They are killers of relationships and everything else.  I am in such a funk right now.  One of my own children is struggling with an addiction to drugs.  I love this kid with all my heart and I don’t know how to help him.  I want the best for him, as well as all of my children.  He is going to Rehabilitation tomorrow and I am stressing out.  I think the stress is because I want so much for this to be the answer to his life becoming something awesome.  I know sometimes he thinks I am riding him and maybe I am, but it is only because I love him so much.  In my lifetime I have seen so many of my family and friends go down this rocky road, and it feels like I am at a war with life.  I just want my child to be OK and take all the education he can get from this journey.   He as I have said leaves for rehab tomorrow, and he has decided to get as high as he can before then.  I am extremely upset about him doing this and thinking it is OK.  It is not OK and I hope he comes to realize it.  A lot of people say that addicts will get very high before they are admitted.  I can see this now.  It SUCKS.  I am going to post some links to help anyone else who is going through the same thing that I am.  I am going to pray for you also.  Please read the information.  It has been helpful to me.

Heroin (diacetylmorphine) is derived from the morphine alkaloid found in opium and is roughly 2-3 times more potent. A highly addictive drug, heroin exhibits euphoric (“rush”), anxiolytic and analgesic central nervous system properties. Heroin is classified as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 and as such has no acceptable medical use in the United States. Pure heroin is a white powder with a bitter taste. Most illicit heroin is sold as a white or brownish powder and is usually “cut” with other drugs or with substances such as sugar, starch, powdered milk, or quinine. It can also be cut with strychnine or other poisons. Because heroin abusers do not know the actual strength of the drug or its true contents, they are at risk of overdose or death. Another form of heroin known as “black tar” may be sticky, like roofing tar, or hard, like coal. Its color may vary from dark brown to black.

Heroin addiction is one of the most destructive and painful addictions in the world and rehab can be a lifelong process. Produced from the poppy, heroin is a semi-synthetic form of morphine. It has been estimated to be one of the most addictive substances created.  This is ironic, because when heroin was first marketed, it was thought to be safer than morphine and was used to treat morphine addiction. We now know heroin may be even more addictive than morphine; heroin addiction treatment is very difficult and cravings very persistent.

All I know is, this is a tragic and horrible thing for a parent to go through.  I for one will pray for all.  Thank you for letting me say my peace.