An Addicts Journey

An Addicts Journey

Alcoholism did not get me until early my 40’s. But there were early signs that it would eventually take hold. I had tremendous academic and vocational success, but none of it made me happy for more than a minute or two. Drinking or not drinking, I was never there for...
Chasing Illusions

Chasing Illusions

Addiction did not fully hit until my early 40’s. My alcoholic brain kept telling me that I was too good to be addicted to anything. But deep down, I knew I was and had known since I was 21 or 22 years old. Addiction was for lesser people. Not the Great Shayne (an ego...
Heroin Addiction is Killing My Friends

Heroin Addiction is Killing My Friends

“How old were you when you first tried Heroin?” This is one of the questions I remember asking Stephanie. Stephanie was one of my closest friends. We met in rehab when we were both in our late twenties. At this point in my life, I had never tried Heroin and I was...
From Dedicated Student to Black-Out Binge Drinker

From Dedicated Student to Black-Out Binge Drinker

In college, I was an eager student. I had always prided myself on my ability to be present in the classroom, for my love of learning, and for my dedication to my grades. I was the classic over-achiever. At eighteen, I was spending the weekend nights doing one of two...