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8 Things Normies Want to Know About Addicts But Are Too Afraid to Ask

8 Things Normies Want to Know About Addicts But Are Too Afraid to Ask


I’m sure you all can agree that there are some very typical things that normies – people who can drink alcohol and even use drugs in a controlled way – are curious about but might hesitate to ask. For those of you in recovery, you’ll probably get a kick out of this listicle and, for any normies reading this, it might answer some of those questions so you don’t have to ask them. Here are 8 things normies want to know about addicts but are too afraid to ask.

#1. You can still drink though, right?

8 Things Normies Want to Know About Addicts But Are Too Afraid to Ask


In my experience, normies are often curious as to why people in recovery, especially addicts who didn’t necessarily abuse alcohol in their active addiction, can’t “just have one drink, once in a while.”

I feel like I could be an authority on the subject because I abused many, many different substances but, alcohol was not one of them. I just didn’t like it. I mean, I started out with alcohol back in high school but, by the time I got to treatment – about 14 years later – I hadn’t had a drink in probably the last 2 or 3 years of my addiction. Today, I have no desire to drink. And, I know that I can’t drink or else it’s right back to heroin I go.

Also, it’s sometimes difficult to explain – or for normies to understand – the concept of recovery. The bottom line being that we choose not to consume any mood or mind-altering substance, which includes alcohol.

#2. What drugs did you do?


8 Things Normies Want to Know About Addicts But Are Too Afraid to Ask


This is a highly personal question. Those of us in recovery have no problem discussing this subject amongst ourselves however, we are hesitant to tell normies for fear of being judged (see #6). In my experience, normies sense that this is a personal question and are therefore afraid to ask but, eventually they do. They just can’t resist their curiosity.

#3. What was your bottom?

8 Things Normies Want to Know About Addicts But Are Too Afraid to Ask


OK, more likely, a normie will ask it like this: what’s the worst thing you’ve ever done? The term “bottom” might not necessarily be in their vocabulary although, the expression “hitting rock bottom” is quite commonly-known. Either way, just like asking what drug or drugs we did, asking what brought us to our knees can be a painful and personal subject.

#4. Did you ever go to jail?

8 Things Normies Want to Know About Addicts But Are Too Afraid to Ask


Normies might be afraid to ask this one although, again, in my experience, they will eventually ask it. Unfortunately, and not so surprisingly, addiction and crime, and therefore jail time go hand-in-hand.

#5. Did you ever strip or prostitute?

8 Things Normies Want to Know About Addicts But Are Too Afraid to Ask


Eesh. Totally a touchy subject. Anybody with any social couth should be afraid to ask this one.

#6. Did you smoke crack?

8 Things Normies Want to Know About Addicts But Are Too Afraid to Ask


…when it comes to board meetings and crack-smoking

Nope, but I shot it. Hahaha. No, actually, I did smoke it and also injected it (see #7). Crack remains to be a lot less socially-accepted (read: not at all socially-accepted) than powder cocaine. The thing is, a lot of people who were abusing drugs at one time have also used and/or abused crack. Despite their background and despite what they look like. I have met several people in recovery who were and are now quite successful executive-types – you know, the type that doesn’t look like a crackhead.

#7. Did you use a needle?

8 Things Normies Want to Know About Addicts But Are Too Afraid to Ask


Normies are often afraid to ask if we injected our drugs, as if doing them any other way makes addiction any less worse.

#8. Do you judge people who drink or use?

8 Things Normies Want to Know About Addicts But Are Too Afraid to Ask


I think a lot of normies assume that those of us in recovery are judgmental towards them. This really isn’t the case. I mean, I can’t speak for all sober people everywhere but, I know that I don’t really have anything against people who can drink or even use drugs socially. And that’s one of the things I really like about the fellowship. They are not drug nazis. We acknowledge that there are people who can drink and use (normies) and then there’s…us.

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The Link Between High IQ and Addiction

The Link Between High IQ and Addiction

You’ve probably heard it said before that addicts and alcoholics are often “too smart for their own good.” And that this sort of thing is why we get into the predicaments we do when it comes to substances and chemicals. I have often said this before about myself. And there have even been studies on the link between high IQ and addiction.

Research: Link Between High IQ and Addiction

The National Child Development Study shows that more intelligent children in the United Kingdom are more likely to grow up to consume psychoactive substances than less intelligent children.

Intelligence, according to the study, also includes certain factors: sex, religion, religiosity, marital status, number of children, education, earnings, depression, satisfaction with life, social class at birth, mother’s education, and father’s education. What was found was that British children who are more intelligent before the age of 16 are also more likely to take psychoactive drugs at age 42 than less intelligent children.

The analysis of the study shows that the “very bright” individuals – those with IQs above 125 – are more likely to take psychoactive drugs than “very dull” individuals – those with IQs below 75.

Another long-term study conducted by British scientists revealed that intelligent people were also more likely to be alcoholic. People whose IQ was measured at “very bright” (IQ of 125 or greater) were not only more likely to experiment with alcohol but also were more likely to drink excessively and binge drink than people with lower IQs.

The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, conducted in the U.S. measured childhood intelligence in junior high and high school and then seven years later, adult drug consumption is measured, looking at 5 different types of psychoactive drugs: marijuana, cocaine, LSD, crystal meth, and heroin.  The findings: “normal IQ” (90-110), “bright” (110-125), and “very bright” individuals consume more psychoactive substances than “very dull” or “dull” (75-90) individuals.

An Explanation of the Research: Link Between High IQ and Addiction

The working theory is that smart people’s brains seek out new and novel things and therefore are the first ones to experiment with new substances. The link between intelligence and substance abuse is that both alcohol and drugs are novel substances, in the evolutionary scheme of things. Humans have been consuming alcohol for only about 10,000 years, and the earliest recorded drug was only 5,000 years ago. So when something is novel, the more curious and most intelligent among us are more likely to want to try it out.


The crux of it: research does not predict that more intelligent people are more likely to engage in necessarily unhealthy behavior; intelligent people are more likely to engage in evolutionarily novel behavior.

And to some it all up in one word: curiosity. That’s right. We’re “curious like a cat” and therefore more likely to ‘experiment’ with new things, purely out of inquisitiveness. Which is funny, in a “not-funny-but-‘curious’ way because I have always said that I’m quite cat-like when it comes to my propensity to be curious about stuff. And, when it comes to substance use and abuse, it’s also quite fitting that the other oft-used expression is: “curiosity killed the cat.” So, with intelligence comes curiosity and with curiosity comes risk-taking that can lead to dire consequences.

In conclusion: Link Between High IQ and Addiction

Intelligent people don’t always do the smartest thing – only the evolutionarily novel thing, therefore intelligent people are much more likely to indulge in illicit substances such as marijuana, Ecstasy, cocaine and heroin. And, as intelligent people, we are more curious than the rest of the people out there and so we are also extra-likely to be substance abusers.

If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135.



How Long Does it Take to Detox from Benzodiazepines?

How Long Does it Take to Detox from Benzodiazepines?

What are Benzodiazepines?

Benzodiazepines are a class of prescription drugs that are mainly prescribed for the treatment of anxiety and panic disorder. Examples of benzodiazepines include Valium, Xanax, and Ativan. These are powerful drugs that are also highly addictive. And, in fact, there are much better and safer ways to manage anxiety than to use these medications.

Benzodiazepine detox and detox from benzodiazepines

If you have become physically dependent on benzodiazepines, which are called “benzos” for short, that is, when you try to stop you will experience withdrawal symptoms as a result of your benzo detox. Basically, when you quit cold turkey, or stop abruptly, you are forcing your body and brain – your whole system, to detox from benzos, with potentially dire consequences. Benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome can range from uncomfortable physical and psychological symptoms to more severe symptoms that can lead to a possibly life-threatening situation.

Length of Benzos Detox and Withdrawal Symptoms

When you detox from benzos, benzo withdrawal symptoms usually develop at 3-4 days from last use, although they can appear earlier, depending on which one you were abusing – some stay in the system longer than others. Also, you will begin to experience anxiety almost immediately after stopping. The level of anxiety might be even higher than you’re used to, as a sort of back-lash from stopping cold turkey.

There’s no real way to say how long your benzos detox will last; it depends on the individual’s body chemistry, such as metabolism, as well as other factors such as how long the benzos abuse has gone on and to what degree of severity.

Benzos Detox Symptoms: Benzos Withdrawal Syndrome

Symptoms of benzos detox range from mild anxiety and shakiness to extremely severe complications. Depression, suicidal behavior, psychosis, seizures, and delirium tremens such as seizures and delirium tremens – called “the DTs.” Symptoms from the DTs are characterized by confusion, rapid heartbeat, and fever, the death rate from which is estimated to range from 1% to 5%.

Other severe benzos withdrawal symptoms that result from sudden detox from benzos include anxiety, deep depression, seizure, fall risk, and coma. Death can result from the symptoms, alone, and commonly is due to head injury sustained from a fall.

Importance of Going to a Facility for Benzos Detox

Benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms can get worse – and quickly, at that. It’s of utmost importance to seek medical attention even if your symptoms seeming rather mild. There is available treatment that has been specifically developed to treat benzos withdrawal syndrome, which can reduce the risk of developing the more severe benzos detox symptoms, such as withdrawal seizures. An benzos detox is designed to safely detox you from benzos in a controlled and comfortable setting to assure your health and safety.

Severe benzos withdrawal symptoms are a medical emergency. If seizures, fever, severe confusion, hallucinations, or irregular heartbeats occur, either take the patient to an emergency room or call 911.

If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse, addiction, or benzosism please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135.



In the News: Kid Cudi Opens Up About Addiction

In the News: Kid Cudi Opens Up About Addiction

In his most recent interview, given just a couple of days ago when he appeared on Headkrack’s Hip Hop Spot, Kid Cudi spoke candidly about the pressures of fame as well as his struggle with addiction. It’s been a journey with ups and downs but, it seems as though Cudi has finally made peace with his fame, fortune, and sobriety.

After coming to terms with his addiction to alcohol and drugs, Kid Cudi decided he needed to change. The rapper decided to quit everything cold turkey. In the interview, he revealed that he is over five months sober. Cudi said he was motivated to do so for the sake of his child as well as from frustration he felt with constantly being associated with the drug and stoner culture. It’s been a struggle for the hip hop star but, Cudi seems to have emerged clean, sober, and healthy.

“You just have to make the choice and decide the person you wanna be and stick with it. You get to a certain age where the people around you are not gonna be on that rollercoaster all day long ready for you to go up, ready for you to go down, and stick with you through all the madness. People want you to be one person and stick with it and I chose to be clean and be sober and get my life together. For myself, for my health, for my daughter, for my family.”

Previous Interviews

This wasn’t the first time that the Grammy-nominated rapper opened up about his battles with drugs. In earlier interviews, Cudi admitted to heavy cocaine use at the start of his hip-hop career, saying that he felt drugs relieved him of the stress of dealing with the media:

“I started doing cocaine to get through interviews, ’cause people wanted to know a lot about my personal life and I wasn’t prepared for a 60 Minutes interview every time. Doing bumps I was able to get through the day, but then I would smoke weed to calm me down–it was the only way I could get through the day without people noticing I was doing it… never thought it was a problem, but I was definitely high-fiving death a couple of times.”

This was back in 2010. Cudi admitted that he was still using marijuana.

“No more blow. People do drugs to camouflage emotions and run away from their problems. Now I’m going to deal with certain things as they come, prioritize sh*t–man up, so to speak.”

Cudi on Hip Hop Culture

In this most recent interview, Cudi had some things to say to his fellow hip hop artists, stating that if they want the genre to survive and prosper in the genre, they need to step up their game and evolve.

“I feel like if you’re gonna be an artist, there’s a time where you have to embrace the responsibility and understand that the power of music is so special and to be able to do it to a magnitude to reach millions of people. It’s like why not use that for good? Why not tell kids something that they can connect with and use in their lives?” he said.

If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135.






Is Wellbutrin Becoming the ‘Poor Man’s Cocaine?’

Is Wellbutrin Becoming the ‘Poor Man’s Cocaine?’


Wellbutrin, which is the brand name for the pharmaceutical Bupropion, is an effective antidepressant on its own but, it is also prescribed as an add-on medication in cases where a first-line SSRI antidepressant, such as Celexa or Paxil, isn’t enough for the patient who suffers from severe depression. Where an SSRI works on serotonin levels, Bupropion affects dopamine; therefore the two can be taken together.

Besides a treatment for depression, Wellbutrin is also a popular smoking cessation drug, marketed under the name Zyban, which can be bought over the counter without a prescription.

Canada and Wellbutrin Abuse

The drug is also one of Canada’s most popular and easily accessible prescription drugs; it can be bought on the streets for $2.50 per pill.

And why has it become a street drug?

People who abuse Wellbutrin say it gives them a ‘high’ much like that they achieve from crack – and at a much cheaper price.

In fact, it’s being referred to it as the “poor man’s cocaine.”

Wellbutrin comes in pill form and contains binding agents that make it easy to swallow. These agents are harmless when the pill is taken as it should be – by mouth – not when it’s crushed and inhaled or injected with a syringe, which is how users do the drug.

And there’s more than enough proof of this. Toronto’s The Works Needle Exchange and Harm Reduction Supplies has seen a steady rise in skin abscesses, collapsed veins and clogged arteries due to Zyban and Wellbutrin being injected for a ‘high.’

Toronto Public Health physician Dr. Leah Steele told Global News, “I’m very worried about Wellbutrin right now; [it’s not] on the radar of most physicians.”

It’s currently estimated that approximately half of Toronto’s IV drug users have tried injecting Wellbutrin. Steele estimates that, out of 75 patients on The Works’ methadone program, half have tried injecting Wellbutrin. Another concern is that the drug is readily available in the prison system.

Dr. Dan Cass, Ontario’s Chief Coroner, is also worried. He issued a warning about Wellbutrin in May of last year after he attributed at least six deaths to Wellbutrin abuse.

Cass also spoke with Global News, “We’re aware of cases where the injection of the drug and the damage to the tissue from that injection is what directly lead to the death. One of the properties when it’s ground up and injected is it’s very caustic, so it tends to do a lot of damage to issues and to some of the deeper structures.”

Is Wellbutrin Becoming the ‘Poor Man’s Cocaine?’


Wellbutrin wounds

Cass went on to relate a particularly gruesome case. “One death in particular involved an injection into a blood vessel in the neck,” adding that “the subsequent damage to the tissue cased damage to the spinal cord and [the individual] bled to death.”

Like Steele, Cass sees the importance of warning physicians about the abuse potential for Wellbutrin and Zyban. As it stands now, medical literature states that Bupropion is “non-abusable.”

“These wounds from Wellbutrin are different because they really erode the whole tissue around the injection area,” Steele said. The wounds can get “very invasive infections,” which can lead to death.

If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135.


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