recovering addict

What we know about Anatoly from his tattoos:

  • He gave other prisoners shit for not being of status. He was just likely a total asshole to other prisoners, causing tons of trouble and being violent.
  • He was likely hired on the side by police to murder political prisoners.
  • He was a hitman for a time (the ‘salable in the area’ x on his ring finger and the three-skull ring which relates back to the above point prove this).
  • Likely had a drug addiction or a symbol of “this is what is killing us.”
  • Likely converted to or had some connection to Islam at one point (or still does). Because of the crescent/heart with star inside. Based on my personal HCs, I like to think he converted in prison at one point after recovering from his drug addiction (likely in Utkin). Keep in mind he’d be a horrible observer of the religion, he’s a scumbag.
  • Was very proud to be Russian (from his coat of arms tattoo on the shoulder).
  • He’d been to prison at least 5 different times.
  • Got a start in crime very early.
  • Got initiated into the thieves-in-law.
  • Was top dog in the mafia.
  • Likely has a “grin” tattoo on his stomach, which looks like an animal of some sort. Those were common and were like bold statements of a criminal, also like giving the finger to the police.
  • He’d straight-up kill anyone who betrayed the thieves’ code, and he’d “kill for a friend.”
  • Detested Soviet rule.
  • Was an authoritative thief who ran things (with Vladimir).
Edit: credit where credit is due to @imsorryimlate for originally posting about the tattoos (and inspiring me to do research) and to the three volumes of Russian criminal tattoo encyclopedias.

there is one thing i do not see enough of on this website- support for people trying to get clean and/or stay clean. addiction has ruined my life. addiction has ruined so many lives and recovering alcoholics/addicts NEED support to continue with their recovery. so, for those of you who are working on your first 24 hours or your first week, month, year, your 2nd year or 20th- i am so proud of you. you have given yourself something incredible today. addiction is one of the most insidious diseases in the world, but today, you did not let it win. remind yourself of all of the strength you have. you are a miracle.

Addicts never stand still; they are either getting better, or they are getting worse.
-alcoholics anonymous

Remember addiction is a progressive illness. Even while you stay sober, your addiction is out there doing push ups just waiting for you to return.

We are never cured, we only have a daily reprieve.

You must work at your sobriety every day.

TomHardyFact #7 – Tom has been an alcohol and drug addict for years. He said about those times:

I thought I’d have a little bit of a party, and I’d end up high and frightened, in places that scared me. In a blackout I could end up anywhere. I might wake up somewhere the other side of London, or in another country. Or in bed with someone I didn’t know, not knowing how I got there. Bleeding. This was on a daily basis. And I was going to work. I didn’t want to appear rock ‘n’ roll. I didn’t want anyone to know I was out of control, but I couldn’t hide it. Eventually, the body gives up. My body told me. I was completely kaput. I was lucky I didn’t get hepatitis or AIDS.

After spending time in rehab, Tom got sober in 2003 and continued to 'stay off the juice’ ever since.

Now I know my beast and I know how to manage it. It’s like living with a 400lb orang-utan that wants to kill me. […] I’m nine or ten years going on sober now, so I’m a long, long, long way away from my last drink, but I know people in and out of recovery and I know people who’ve died.

Asked if he feels comfortable talking about his past addiction, Tom said:

I think it’s relevant. I think one has to be very careful how much you talk about it, because it’s one of those things unfortunately whereby it takes lives. It’s not to be taken for granted – it’s not a fashion accessory, alcoholism and addiction, it’s a really fucking dangerous illness, it kills people. If you have it, it’s something that needs help, you need help and the help is there. So yes, to be aware of it is one thing, to promote it is bad taste, but I think it’s important to be part of where you’re from and participate in life on life’s terms and addiction is part of my story, so it would be futile to ignore it and pretend it doesn’t exist, because part of living with addiction is being part of it. (x)

I am 3 years and 4 months clean from heroin today!

I am not ashamed nor do I try to hide the fact that I had a drug problem. I don’t think there is anything negative about being a recovering addict. I overcame a drug addiction and that takes true strength and bravery.

I am so incredibly proud of myself.😊

PSA

You have every right to be proud of being clean or sober. Recovery isn’t easy. Becoming sober, staying sober and being sober in general are huge accomplishments💯. Please ignore ignorant people who make uneducated statements such as “why are you proud of doing what you should have done all along?” And similar statements that shame you for publicly speaking on your addiction and your feelings of pride on overcoming major obstacles.👊 I’m proud AS fUCK of you! Look at you using those healrhly coping skills! Wow!😍 That is hella rad that you didn’t harm yourself even though today was rough af. You made it through another day clean. You are living just for today, beating addiction and triggers ass every day.👊💯 You have good and bad days. Be proud of them all. The fact that you are still living helps the universe a lot. Being clean and sober is a PLUS. The universe needs you. Addiction is a part of Me; not the definition of me, or you. We have a horrible disease but we are more powerful. So keep being PROUD. you have every right to be proud of your recovery. Pray the ignorant who claim otherwise may find some much needed serenity and an educated brain. So proud of my tumblr babies, and everyone who is doing this!! . Xoxo- this has been a PSA from Nicole.😘💯👑👑💕