Recovery Month – Day 4 – Addiction

Addiction is the only prison where the locks are on the inside.

— Jay Meyer —

September is National Recovery Month. Every September, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Association (SAMHSA) sponsors Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and celebrate the people who recover.

For the next 30 days, I will be sharing short excerpts from my latest book–Victory Over Opiates, which is available on Amazon (click here).

The following are my own words taken from “Lesson 2 – Taking Action,” in Victory Over Opiates:

I took my first drink when I was 15, and my first mood-altering drug when I was 17.

The first time I drank, I hated the taste but loved the high it gave me.

The first time I drugged, it was a pain killer (opiate). I drugged “legally” because the painkiller was prescribed to me by a physician after breaking my leg. I felt a euphoria that exceeded anything I had ever experienced. From that moment on, I looked forward to taking any opiate-based medication.

When does an alcoholic become an alcoholic? When does an addict become an addict?

I’ve heard those questions many times over the years, and although I am not an expert on the biology or the physiology of the disease, I believe I was born with addictive tendencies.

PLEASE pass this blog on to anyone who may benefit.

All royalties I receive from the sale of Victory Over Opiates-(click here to order), will be donated to The Joshua Recovery Ministries, a Dayton, Ohio, non-profit dedicated to getting recovery addicts back into the mainstream of life.


Proverbs 20:1, “Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise.”

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