25 May 2013

Ex-heroin addict says farewell to addiction

Everyone got a bronze coin for graduating drug rehab. Well, at least they did at the one I went to. All the ceremonies were the same. The coin is passed

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18 May 2013

Past heroin addict tells abscess horror stories

The pain was agonizing. I told the doctor in the emergency room to slice open my thigh and drain the pus. Once he could do that, I would be on

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12 May 2013

Rediscovering sex on the first stretches of sobriety

Soon after the dope sickness, the anger and the depression, my cravings to use drugs slowly began to disappear. Without drugs and alcohol, I faced a whole new set of

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04 May 2013

Ex-addict supports new bill to reduce risk of felony charges

I used to sit in my car listening to the public radio station while I waited for my drug dealer to arrive. Shows like the “BBC News Hour,” “This American

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27 Apr 2013

The greatest revelation that beat addiction

This is the final installment of a three-part getting sober series, which explores some of the more memorable moments that led up to my sobriety date, Dec. 19, 2008. It

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15 Apr 2013

Trying sobriety in the trenches of addiction

This is part two of a three-part getting sober series, which explores some of the more memorable moments that led up to my sobriety date, Dec. 19, 2008. As a

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13 Apr 2013

The road to sobriety: homelessness versus rehab

This is the first part of a three-part getting sober series, which explores some of the more memorable moments that led up to my sobriety date, Dec. 19, 2008. People

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06 Apr 2013

Serial Inebriate Program arouses ex-addict's concern

When I was in jail, the hardcore drug addicts and alcoholics told me not to accept a drug treatment program in the place of jail. Treatments are a hassle. Do

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23 Mar 2013

New laws affect the consequences of calling in an overdose

We were cooking up black tar heroin at his place. It was early in my junkie career and I didn’t yet know how to hit my vein with the needle.

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16 Mar 2013

Learning to love through years of addiction

I wanted to begin my new column with a story about injecting heroin into my penis, but my girlfriend, Nicole, warned me it may be too soon. The audience might

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09 Mar 2013

Viral VICE article on Tenderloin drug use elicits criticism, personal narrative

Being a drug addict is the worst. I know. For almost five years I shot heroin every day. I lived the life of a heroin junkie: stealing, lying and doing whatever

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