Story of a drug addict recovery

November 1, 2017

Jason, a recovering drug addict is a bloke I’ve known since childhood though we’ve stayed for decades without having daily interactions, his fight with drug addiction has been a calamitous and narrated to your blogger how he would take anything he could get his hands on when in the grips of his destructive lifestyle.Jason would start his day with smoking marijuana as appetizers and then take pills and end it with cocaine and that was his daily life for more than seven years. Born in Pilbara and brought up from age of two in Fitzroy in Melbourne, the damage caused during seven years of drug addiction and two relapses was immeasurable.Drugs in their very essence were like his consumer goods that satisfy his particular human wants. Jason says that, as long as there is demand for illegal drugs, there is going to be supply in Australia adding that in order to tackle drug-related issues affecting millions of Australians, it is therefore crucial to bear in mind the underlying demand for illegal drugs.His addiction cost him his career, caused immense stress to his family and friends. “Contador Harrison I got to the point no one in the family wanted anything to do with me,” Jason said. Jason checked into rehabilitation and has managed to stay impressively sober for the past two years and three months. “Very determined, I just focused doing what my family and friends said I do because I was losing everything in my life.” Jason, now lives with his Uncle and adult cousins in Brisbane and works helping others recover from drug and alcohol addiction.Jason has also put himself in contact with Brisvegans on the same destructive route that cost him so dearly. Jason also narrated to your blogger how use of drugs like ice was prevalent in Queensland and that it is getting a lot worse, a lot faster than even authorities can imagine.In Jason’s own words, Australia’s drug policies should aim to protect the youth from becoming a so-called drug generation, to prevent alleged destruction of the land down under and its morals and to curb the number of drug-induced deaths. It is unlikely that mass criminalization and fighting a war against drugs will resolve Australia’s drug problem.Jason said there is no convincing evidence that criminalization has a positive influence on drug use, trafficking or production that is currently happening all over the country.His observation in Brisbane came from his first-hand experiences and said most of the people resort to drug use mostly influenced by the interplay of many risk factors from different developmental contexts. In his own case, it included, among others, the availability of drugs, poor parenting, violence, dropping out of school and risky sexual behavior. In fact, as we spoke, i recalled how we used to call him Casanova in elementary school since he really liked skirties and having a fling to him was non negotiable.

Jason believes that a significant problem is the fact that Australian law hardly distinguishes between drug users and traffickers and criminalizes both for involvement in illicit trade. Consequently, Australia’s prisons are overloaded with low-level, non-violent drug offenders, which cost the federal and state governments a lot of money and negatively impact social structures and family ties. In Queensland, Jason says criminalization has instigated a climate of fear, which discourages drug users from seeking treatment or rehabilitation for an addiction. The outcome is less awareness, less transparency, less monitoring and a rising number of HIV infections due to sharing needles.The actual avenues for help for tweens and teens are really a lot less than was the case before. Jason said support resources don’t seem to be expanding in line with population growth.To him, young Australians need places where they are not going to get a waiting list, a form and a number and come back after several weeks.Most young people he has seen reaching out and finding closed doors, have ended up going ahead with their addiction behavior.Jason said for his recovery, therapeutic value of a fellow addict helping him was what helped him manage to overcome addiction and advices young Australians in trouble to seek help and hopes they reach the right people in the society like him.Jason says lawmakers in Queensland and Federal governments should make sure they offer support services capable of fast, effective responses.Such services Jason believes should be well known to the members of the public and if necessary, can be advertised. According to him, harm-reducing measures, whose practical effectiveness in the prevention and treatment of drug addiction has been demonstrated in Melbourne and Sydney, including among others clean needle and syringe programs, targeted information, education and communication with regard to drug-related matters, stigma reduction initiatives, and voluntary and community based treatment are the only way Australia getting into a worse crisis than Cocaine and Heroin crises on 1980s and 1990s although ‘Ice’ addiction levels have reached catastrophic levels across the country. It is beyond doubt that a shift in Australian drug policies is likely to unfold a highly sensitive debate but it is worth exploring to save lives like the case with Jason. In your blogger’s view, embracing such process and collaborating in the search for alternative policies that in the end aim for the same outcome, a healthy and drug-free Australian society is worthy because if the avenues aren’t there, drug addicts aren’t going to get help. According to Jason, without access to detox facilities, the chances of an addict recovering is extinguished and therefore more support is needed in regional areas to fight against drug addiction.

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