The Niece of a Drug Addict
Have you ever wondered what goes on inside the mind of an addict? The whole process of getting hooked is quite simple but it’s the individual story of how they got caught up in the mess of drugs that makes each different. It’s one thing to hear about the truth behind addiction and another to experience it for yourself. Between 26.4 million and 36 million, people abuse opioids worldwide. This typically leads to other substance manipulation in the future. Often people go through the worst of addiction before they realize they deserve a much better life. Little did I know, I’d learn the importance of life through my uncle and his battle within addiction.
Adrenaline was my uncles all-time high before he became a drug addict. The race in his heart, the catch in his breath, and the tremor in his hands fueled the excitement that drove him. At the age of 20, his world took a turn which would alter his life from that moment on. He and his buddy decided to race four-wheelers on an old dirt road. Rocks pinging off tires, dust whipping away behind them, he felt the vibration of the throttle on the pad of his thumb. His heart rate rioted inside him, only if he knew one day that would stop. He saw the road slim to one lane, before he could think things through they both swerved to avoid colliding. The sound of branches snapping beneath him along with the deafening slush of water from the crick sent his mind into a craze. He broke his leg in three different places. A rod was placed in his thigh while several pins were set in the rest.
After the accident, he had enough emotional and physical pain to share. Desperate for relief, he was in search of pain killers. His anger bubbled inside and eventually overflowed without them. He gathered the prescription pills and numbed the pain. The bitterness laced with his saliva invades his taste-buds and he felt his ache dissipate. The feel of a bottle in the palm of his hand, the sound of the capsules clanking against the wall grew into a weakness. He mentally and physically relied on them to keep him sane. Eventually the pills weren’t giving him enough of a high anymore and he began seeking more intense alternatives. The list goes on for the various drugs he’s filled his body with to find that faultless ease of pain. He craved the fire that burned inside each time he took a hit.
December 2016, he was on a heroin and methamphetamine kick. He pumped meth into his system to hype him up. The high was so intense, he needed to bring himself down a bit, so he took a turn with heroin. Heroin is more of a relaxing drug, which meant he could still feel lively but calm. That shot caused him to overdose. He held death in his hands, and felt his existence slip between his fingers second by second. 911 was called and he was lifeless, his heart was slowed to a steady nothing. They gave him Naloxone (also known as Narcan) three different times by spraying it up his nostrils. After the third dose, he was brought back. His heart started beating and the taste of air entered his lungs once again. If 911 would’ve been called ten minutes later, he wouldn’t be alive today.
His four kids would be without a father, it would be a loss to everyone in his family. He wouldn’t have met his newest daughter either. Drugs changed him, there was a huge disconnect between family and friends while he was under the influence. He is now teaching me how to drive and we are re-developing our relationship now. Within this whole experience, I learned that no matter how much pain there is, emotional or physical there are other ways to come out of the dark place. Drugs are extremely easy to get hooked on, any shape or form of them. When you do them, you’re not just affecting you, you’re affecting every person in your life. Nothing ends well when drugs are involved, many people I know have either used or overdosed on some type of drug. Overdoses are no longer uncommon. Be aware of what you’re doing and be stronger than the temptations.