I relapsed hard a week ago. I have heard on the news that there is some kind of opiate epidemic going on, and usually I feel a sense of gratitude that this information does not relate to me anymore. However, addiction never goes away. Even after three years of clean time. It is something that must be constantly monitored like owning Satan’s puppy. It will piss on your rug and kill you if you let it out of your sight. If you are an addict it is unlikely you can function normally without walking that evil puppy and keeping it in focus. It may seem cute and cuddly, but it will rip up your life and shit everywhere. You will be in a constant state of picking up shit if you don’t get it trained and take care of it.
I neglected my evil puppy and just let it hang out somewhere in my mind. It had probably been ripping up all parts of my mind while my attention was away. Since I was not aware of this damage, I continued to distract myself and live my life. I knew having a puppy took a lot of work and constant maintenance, but I felt I could somehow control it without putting in any work. Addiction is not something controlled by idle behavior. Even if you have a puppy trained through work and routine, the moment he escapes your awareness he starts doing damage until the only thing in your brain is “I feel like doing obscene amounts of hard drugs”..
The night I relapsed I made a conscious decision to pick up. Any alternative behavior besides picking up was not in my focus. I was fully “on”. I forgot I was powerless and my higher power wireless connection could not be found. I was not mindful of the moment or a higher power, but was at the mercy of pure compulsion. I had not been going to NA meetings, calling my sponsor, or meditating. I fell into an old feeling of despair and went to my old playbook.
I believe it was an old social cue of feeling alienated and caged that triggered that craving. Something in my brain was triggered. I don’t know why I thought dope was the answer. It is never the answer, and really isn’t as good as I think it is.
I have all my old connects on facebook. I called an old friend up that turned out to be selling. He is nearly homeless but seems to be a pretty successful drug dealer. He tells me there are two types of dope in the bag he is giving me. One is super potent. The information does not register in my brain fully.
I am a hypochondriac junky. I knew it was common for people to overdose after being clean for awhile. I cooked up the junk and and smells like shit. I do half a shot, then squirt the rest in the trash. I am cured from hep c, and don’t fully understand how reinfection occurs, but don’t want to take any chances at self-reinfection. I sit back in my bed and enjoy the high. It offers very shallow comfort. I surf the web and talk to people on facebook. Then around 7am I hear that my nephew is awake upstairs.
An old thought pops in my brain. It told me that in order to be fun. In order to show love properly, I needed to be loaded. That old addict thought that says we don’t know how to love, and need dope as a synthetic copy of love to be normal. I remember preparing the shot, and then everything else falls to black.
I wake up feeling very cold. Like death cold. I am being thrown back and forth in the back of an ambulance. All kinds of weird thought enter my head that connect the EMTs to childhood friends. Places I have been with loved ones and forgotten dreams I’ve had bubble to the surface. I am cold and super confused.
They explain to me that I overdosed and immediately I am transported 3 years in the past when I was a hopeless junky. I almost deny that it took place. I am confused on why I even picked up. It all seemed like a huge misunderstanding. I want to convince them that I am a functioning member of society now.
Eventually my dad came into the waiting room. He was convinced that I had died. My nephew had seen me be taken away on a gurney barely alive. I have lost all the trust I had built with my family. I am supposed to start graduate school in two weeks and am spiritually lost. I should be grateful to have survived another overdose and be reinvigorated. However, I was in a state of shock and shame three days after. The thought of wishing to have died even flickered across my mind. Dying is easy. Living is the test. I am supposed to do all this life stuff when really I should be figuring out recovery again.
I do not want to be killed by procrastination. Relapsing and immediately overdosing is somewhat of a gift. I did not get physically addicted again. I can also feel the awe of life and possibilities. I was given another chance to make use of my life force. A near death experience is a good foundation for a spiritual awakening, but like everything in recovery, it will also take some work. My intention is to create a recovery program for myself that prevents thoughts and feelings from building up.