I have a board of pharmacy in my house. I have a lot of medications that are in my house and the medications are expensive and there are some medications that are not in my house. I often use these medications in a manner that the pharmacist knows is appropriate, giving me a sense of control over the medication itself.
I’m not sure how much better this is than a pharmacy, but I have always had this feeling about prescription medications because, well, you just take them and hope for the best.
For most people, it doesn’t work that way. If you take a prescription medication, you don’t know what effect it might have on you. You can’t predict which side effects it might have or how long it will take you to recover. What you can do is make sure you’re doing everything you can to take good care of yourself so you can avoid those side effects later.
Yeah, I know. I am. And I also know that I could have been an addict long ago. But you know what, I was. I was a junkie.
A junkie is someone who smokes a lot, takes a lot of pills, cheats his or her spouse while they are at work, and/or takes a lot of other things that are illegal. In other words, a junkie is a person who takes drugs because they don’t have anything else to do. People who are addicted to drugs often have trouble sleeping, eat poorly, have trouble concentrating, and are irritable or violent.
I know it is tempting to blame the junkie for being a junkie, but in reality, most junkies are not addicts. Many addicts are aware of their addiction when they start, but many are unaware of what they are doing. Some people start taking drugs because they are addicted to other things and are taking drugs to numb pain. Others use drugs to get high. Some addicts only become addicts when they have the desire to do so.
Most drugs can be very effective in causing a sense of well-being and peace, but there are also things that make a person feel worse, worse, worse. The things that make a junkie feel worse are things that make a junkie feel bad. And it isn’t just the things in their pocket or pocketbook they are taking, it is also the things in their head.
In my life, I have learned some things from my mother. She was a nurse. She would say “I am here to help you. I will give you the best advice I can to help you. I am here to make sure you feel better.” I am a nurse too. My patients are my friends. I am here to make sure they feel all better. I am here to make sure that they are in control.
My mother was in a long-term relationship with a man for years. After he got out of prison, he started doing drugs again. The addiction was so bad that my mother, who was a nurse, had to take over as his therapist. She was the one he was in control of. She was the one who would just sit and stare at him. She would call him the worst thing that had happened to him and tell him, “You are not yourself.
Once she realized he didn’t realize what he was, she took him to the hospital and he was put into a drug rehab center. Later, she noticed that he was doing so much better after the rehab center that he was able to visit her more often, and finally even have a job. He moved back into his apartment and started a new relationship with another woman.