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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Drug abuse drug treatment - Alcoholic Rehab

My early thinking was:

 By saying that I was admitting "there is no cure"

But is this true? If you think of these people as having only a moral issue then you should see a difference between various cultures and different age groups. What I found in my ancestors to present day family was a pattern of drinkers and alcoholics and in the present families, also, the addition of drug abuse and in some cases drug addition with law being involved.

My observation, drug were not as accessible in the old generations and both were similar or the same process. If this is through then the must be some "genetic component" to the generational process. Is it possible there are two components to the disease a genetic and an environmental component?

The answer is YES----More to come.

Ernie in South Orange County

Friday, March 20, 2009

Drug Addiction: My Story Part 2

Yesterday in my blog I talked about the first time I used meth and how it made me feel. Today I am going to go more indepth, take you deeper into the mind of an addict and how drugs grabbed a hold of me.

So, when I was 13 I tried meth for the first time and for me it was the thing that had been missing from my life. The thing that made me feel whole, normal, and the thing that told me I could conquer the world. I had no idea that, that thing was a lie. That it told me these things to grab a hold of me so that thing could destroy my life. That one time turned in to all the time and by the time I was in 9th grade I was using everyday. Not many people at that time knew the severity of my disease or as I like to call it, "My Dis-Ease". Addiction starts out as a happy place because for a while it comforts this dis-ease, but that changes and addiction becomes a very dark and lonely place.

By the time I was 15 and a half I was drinking all the time, partying when ever I could and my meth addiction had progressed from a couple of lines per day to smoking a gram or more per day. This habit became harder and harder to keep up and I was even stealing the tithe money my parents had for our church. Some say didn't anyone know what was going on? Couldn't anyone see where you were headed? And the answer is not likely, see addicts are, or I should say, become very good at manipulating, lying, and covering our tracks. And me I was one of the best, because I looked so innocent. Anyway, as the stealing and lying progress the pain intensivies and the more we need to make that pain go away.

I'm not sure of the exact date of this story, but I know it was a dark day in my life as my parents friends were to arrive at our house for a dinner. These weren't just any friends, they were a very big Christian minisrty family, that were very well known. on that day I was feeling a little anxious (probably because I didn't have any drugs). So, I went down to my friends house. He had some some Bacardi 151 and I thought I will have just a little to make me feel or not feel as I like to say.

2 large glasses later I was in full black-out, don't remember anything until I woke up in the emergency room in a rage. I thought the doctors were cops and the Christians were demons. I was so strong that I broke the straps that they tied me down with. I fought and fought until seven of them held me down and I could no longer fight.

I was told I had a blood alcohol level of over .4. I was 15 years old.

To answer any questions you all might have, yes, we began family counseling. I resisted at first, but figured if I just went with it I could continue to use, and once again manipulate the system.

This is just the beginning, so please come back because I have so much more to share. It gets deeper, much deeper and if you want to understand despair and desperation in the life of an addict I urge to check back.

Because this gets good or really, really bad ...

My Take on Alcohol Treatment, Drug Treatment, and Substance Abuse-#1

Looking for a rehab center for my son in 1998 ... this was the beginning of my journey, as the father of a meth user...

I was blown away by my lack of knowledge about substance abuse. I was looking for a treatment center and I found I had no idea what to look for ...

Now 10 years later I have found that Drug Treatment is not just abstinence it's a new way of life.

Drug Treatment and Alcohol Treatment are basically the same. The disease has two components:

* a genetic component in which the brain is mis-wired since birth
* an environmental component which may influence the expression of the disease.(This is no different than diabetes Type II.)

In my upcoming blogs I will discuss some of the criteria, such as, Detox, Dual diagnosis, co-occurring disease. What is drug treatment? What does alcohol treatment really mean?

Ernie in South Orange County

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Drug Addiction: My Story Part 1

The life of an addict is hard, it is more than hard. The life of an addict is a 24 hour 7 day a week job. Take it from me, someone who knows.

Yes, I am an addict and this is part of my story.

When I was 13 years old I felt different, a little more insecure then most, a little more afraid then everyone. I was a shy boy, who was a little chubby. I thought I had to be tough and wouldn't let anyone know how I was feeling. I hated the way I felt and I searched for something to make me feel different. For me it started with alcohol. I hate the way it tasted, but of course I drank it anyway and I felt better.

It wasn't excatly what I was looking for, so I tried pot, loved it, but being a chubby kid hated the way it made me eat. So one day I was at my dealers house and he was out of marijuana, but he had some speed and asked, would you like that instead.
Speed I said, what is that?
He said it keeps you awake. I said sure let me try it. And that was it. I was hooked.
It was everything I was looking for. It told me I could do anything. I could focus. I wasn't hungry all the time. And most of all, it told me I could do and be anything I ever wanted to be  ... I would just need more.
Well this is the beginning, if you are not an addict and have never experienced anything like this or if you are an addict and you want recovery or are wonder what comes next.

Continue to read my blog because I am going to walk you through my life, "The Life of an Addict". from the beginning of a disease, through hard times, desperation, jails, institutions, a near death experience, and now.

What I have become and what I am doing with my life and how one addicts experience can change the lives of many. I hope you will continue to read from day to day.

to be continued ...

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Drug Rehab Center in Orange County, CA

This is my first ever blog. And in my first blog I want to talk a little about drug addiction treatment in Orange County, more specifically South Orange County and even more specifically my favorite treatment program in the universe "Hope By The Sea".

Hope By The Sea is a residential drug and alcohol treatment program in San Juan Capistrano, CA. We are a dual diagnosis or co-occurring treatment facility meaning we treat, not only the symptom of the disease of addiction, but the underline psychological issues that drive the need to substance abuse.

San Juan Capistrano is located half way between San Diego and Los Angeles, it is a beautiful town, with great weather and a is a great place to start your recovery.  

I want my blogs to be more entertaining and informing, so if you have any topics, you would like me to discuss just let me know.

P.S. My spelling may not always be perfect and my grammer horrible, but i am here.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

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