people are really ignorant about addicts
because it’s scary but we come from all walks of life and we’re quite normal people

we’re moms who’re addicted to meth because of the intense demands we have to support our children and we work so hard and were so tired and needed something to keep us going
we’re people dealing with mental illness or physical illness who get a little too comfortable with our opiates and benzodiazepines because when they get into our bloodstream we’re euphoric and pain free
we’re vets with PTSD who shoot up to keep from shooting ourselves
we’re businesswomen who started with a line at a party and now need two before work
we’re abuse victims who turn to the bottle when the flashbacks come
we’re girls and boys who want to feel in ecstasy while escaping shitty towns and shitty families
we’re your friends and families
we’re real people with feelings and whole lives
and we need to be cared for instead of being demonized

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4 Ways I Get Ready for School Early:

So I like to prepare for everything way earlier than necessary, this gives me lots of time to try out new ideas and decide what’s going to work for me. It also gives me opportunity to realize if I’ve forgotten something important. Here’s an overview of the things I put together before the term starts:

  1. Decide how to organize your class materials. Some people like notebooks, or folders. Some like doing everything on the computer. I like binders. I use one binder for absolutely everything I have. That way if I’m in a rush to get out the door I can just grab the one book and go. No worries about forgetting a set of notes I wanted to look at, or a paper that is due. It does mean sacrificing quite a bit of space in my backpack but everything is in one spot.
  2. Get a cute planner. I use my planner to track everything I do during the school year. This keeps me on top of my assignments, when I have to study, and when I’ve set aside time for myself. The first thing I do when I get my planner is put in my school’s general important dates (when tuition is due, when the exam period is, when the university is closed). The second thing I do is create a color coding system and acronyms for each of my classes. When I get my class syllabus I will go through and input my class-specific important dates (exams, big assignments, presentations…).
  3. Find your textbooks. I like to find my textbooks as early as possible so that I can get the best deal and have time for them to ship to me before class starts if I’m ordering online. My school doesn’t post my textbooks until August, so I’m still waiting to find out what I need.
  4. Set term goals. One of the most important aspects of planning for an upcoming school year is set some goals for the term. I’ve stuck mine in my planner so I always have a reminder. These are things that have worked for me in the past, and also things that I struggle with and want to get better at. I find that writing down my goals makes them more real, and keeps me motivated.

Thanks for checking in with me, I hope this helps you get started. Like this post if you want to see a more in-depth explanation of how I write and organize my class notes and assignments. <3 <3 <3

Here’s what people don’t understand about addiction. It doesn’t stop when you get out of detox. Physical addiction is nowhere near as dangerous as mental addiction. Mental addiction is how I convince myself to use even though I know I don’t want to and it would hurt me and everyone around me. Because I’ve known the high once, I have to know it again. You could have no drugs in your system for a year and it will still be there like a ticking time bomb. It’s a parasite in the brain that will bring even the strongest people to their knees.