Chasing The Dragon the Life of an Addict

Chasing The Dragon the Life of an Addict

A DEA and FBI documentary created to address the addiction epidemic

Chasing the dragon the life of an addict

Chasing the Dragon the Life of an Addict video is a great contribution to addressing the ongoing epidemic that is happening across the nation particularly with prescription opiate medication and heroin.

The young the old no one is exempt. You will note that addiction does not discriminate  as you will see it affects all income levels and higher education does not matter.  Hopefully watching this video will give you some insight into the life of an addict.  Hopefully you will with your new knowledge be in a better position to help someone and yes perhaps understand that you need help.

Having worked in the field of alcoholism and substance abuse for over 20 years the one thing that never seemed to change is that people who were addicted to prescription opiates did not identify with the clients who were on the program for heroin addiction.  It took longer to get through to many of them because he/she did not view themselves as an addict like the IV user and was more resistant to treatment.  It took sometime to get them to come around.  Addiction is addiction, and opiate is opiate regardless the form or preferred delivery method you chose. How you got there does matter in relation to your recovery plan however, the work to recover is the same regardless the journey.

Several years I have worked in medicated assisted treatment clinics. In 2008 our client profile started to change.  We had primarily heroin users dosing daily receiving methadone treatment. Then the recession came and as people lost jobs then healthcare they started to show up in our clinics having spent time buying pills on the street.  Percocet (oxycodone) is sold for $30.00 per pill and sometimes more a serious incentive to turn to methadone treatment. Before we knew it the prescription drug users out numbered the heroin users.  Here we are in 2015 and as I travel the country surveying clinics for CARF and accreditation board I see the same in many states.

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21 thoughts on “Chasing The Dragon the Life of an Addict

  • October 19, 2016 at 11:52 pm
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    I loved this article look forward to reading more

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    • October 22, 2016 at 5:09 pm
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      Thank you for your comment Israel. Look forward to your return visit.

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  • October 1, 2016 at 10:55 pm
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    Thank you for sharing this information

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  • September 29, 2016 at 5:53 pm
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    Love your content keep up the good work

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    • September 27, 2016 at 12:00 am
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      Hi Erika, thank you for your visit and comment. Depending on the drug and the person this can be hidden for a long time. I have had clients addicted to heroin for many years and the family did not know. It isn’t as if they never thought something was wrong with the person but uneducated about the disease of addiction family members don’t think about this as the problem.

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  • September 25, 2016 at 10:54 pm
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    Hi Lydia

    Thanks for sharing this information. It’s very worrying how widespread addiction is and how many different types of family can be affected. You are doing good work.

    By the way – what an interesting and evocative image!

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

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    • September 27, 2016 at 12:02 am
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      Hello Joy, Thank you for your comment. The disease of addiction does not discriminate it crosses all lines, be it racial, financial or religious beliefs.

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  • September 21, 2016 at 10:25 pm
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    Hi Lydia,
    Addiction is not pretty and it’s all over. The stats on drug abuse in the USA is pretty scary What is going on! What are your thoughts on this ///

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    • September 23, 2016 at 6:11 am
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      Hi Lesly, there is so much, unfortunately, going on. The War on Drugs is a joke, the doctors who prescribe opioids are not watched like the methadone clinics. Usually takes someone getting busted for selling pills to get the lead on the doctor. The denial with families and society about how our young and elderly are abusing prescription drugs. There is also denial about how many of our elderly are addicted to street drugs spending his/her monthly checks. People think it is not in their backyard. When the deaths come then the excitement comes and promises of help. When the problem is no longer in the low-income neighborhoods then heads turn. Thank you for your comment.

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  • August 28, 2016 at 10:48 pm
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    Hi Lydia

    The thing that shocked me about this video is that some of the people had a wonderful family and they did not lack anything in life. I am more aware now that addiction does not discriminate. Thanks for sharing. Take Care

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    • September 1, 2016 at 12:36 am
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      Exactly Ikechi addiction and alcoholism does not discriminated. The disease is real. Thank you for your visit and comment.

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  • August 28, 2016 at 10:39 pm
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    I’m sure all of us have family members, friends, neighbors or maybe someone visiting your site today — is dealing with these very powerful addictions.

    I went to two ACoA, and that’s all it took to help me see the big picture. It actually changed my perspective, my life and my interaction with my parents.

    Keep education, keep supporting, keep helping all of us focus on these issues. It’s not an easy job but you are making such a difference!

    I shared!

    Deborah
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    • September 1, 2016 at 12:39 am
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      Thank you Deborah for sharing this article. You would be surprised how many do not understand the disease of addiction and just how close to home it is. Appreciate your comment and stopping by.

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  • August 28, 2016 at 3:02 pm
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    OMG This is so scary.

    I believe we are all addicts, by nature and you have to choose what you want to be addicted to, or you may be addicted to something you don’t want to be addicted to.

    Balance and acceptance of life seems like such a struggle but worth it.

    Thank you for doing all you do to help those with lethal addictions, it seems every e week there is a new more lethal more powerful drug being introduced to the street and yet the government still cannot see past its own addiction to “not legalizing drugs” so that there could be some control brought into the scene. So devastating for the families.

    To Great Success

    Mary
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    • September 1, 2016 at 12:43 am
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      Mary you are so right. I have never met a person that did not have some type of addiction be it food, a drug, a sport, a particular behavior. We are all creatures of habits that can turn into an addiction regardless of positive or negative consequences. In many fields human nature holds so many mysteries. Thank you for your comment and stopping by.

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  • August 27, 2016 at 5:23 am
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    Medical idea is remarkably embraced by Chen in more methods than one

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  • August 27, 2016 at 1:02 am
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    Hi Lydia,
    Very interesting and eye opening for sure! I had not realize the depth of this kind of addiction. I knew it was bad but wow so many are having this kind of addiction……very scary. I feel for those families 🙂 Thank for sharing this very educational post!
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    • August 27, 2016 at 5:02 am
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      Hello Joan, thank you for visiting and commenting. Yes it is scary. For some of us this is old news and for others it is new and just hitting their families. It is at a point that politicians are being pressured to do something.

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  • August 26, 2016 at 12:15 pm
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    The work you are doing is so important Lydia and I applaud you for helping to educate people because even today there are far too many who keep addiction in the closet. I am an ACoA who – despite “never again!” promises to myself – married someone who eventually became addicted to cocaine, so been there in spades. I’ve bookmarked the video to watch when I have some quiet time, but I don’t need to see it order to agree with the notion that there is a serious problem when it comes to addiction in all its hateful forms.
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    • August 27, 2016 at 5:04 am
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      Thank you for your comment Marquita! This matter is bringing grief to families and communities. My prayer is that community leaders and government keep the promises to do whatever it takes to keep people safe.

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