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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.


Drugs and more….. January 27, 2012

Can anyone tell me what happened to our children.  Why do they insist on killing themselves?  Oh, I know, they are just experimenting, right?  Well, today the kids drug of choice seems to be one of the dirtiest and nastiest ones of all~~HEROIN.  I am mortified that people believe that it is ok to sell to our kids and adults for that matter.

I remember when I was growing up the drug that everyone seem to be into was CRANK.  Which basically is speed or meth.  I remember seeing friends and family getting so strung out that they wouldn’t sleep or eat for days.  Yuck!  I for one am happy that I never got into any of them.

I am worried about these young ones, that they think it won’t hurt them.  How do we make them understand that these drugs will eventually kill them or make them without a family?  Tough love is what I have always heard, but when I here tough love from people I hear how tough it will be on me as the parent.

Oh but wait, in this day we have another problem that almost seems just as bad if not worse~PRESCRIPTION drugs.  Drug addiction can cause serious, long-term consequences, including problems with physical and mental health, relationships, employment and the law.

Most drug addictions start with casual or social use of a drug.

Recognizing drug abuse in teenagers~

  • Problems at school. Frequently missing classes or missing school, a sudden disinterest in school or school activities, or a drop in grades may be indicators of drug use.
  • Physical health issues. Lack of energy and motivation may indicate your child is using certain drugs.
  • Neglected appearance. Teenagers are generally concerned about how they look. A lack of interest in clothing, grooming or looks may be a warning sign of drug use.
  • Changes in behavior. Teenagers enjoy privacy, but exaggerated efforts to bar family members from entering their rooms or knowing where they go with their friends might indicate drug use. Also, drastic changes in behavior and in relationships with family and friends may be linked to drug use.
  • Spending money. Sudden requests for money without a reasonable explanation for its use may be a sign of drug use. You may also discover money stolen from previously safe places at home. Items may disappear from your home because they’re being sold to support a drug habit.

These are just a few of the things I found online.  I read and learn more everyday so that I recognize and all parents should.  Here is the link for an article

Thank you for reading this blog and there will be more later.