My wife told me that she lost the entire mortgage gambling. She has a gambling addiction — and that night, it came to a head.
The sad reality is that many of us lose ourselves in addiction, and not enough make it out. In honor of National Recovery Month, I'm telling my story.
The recovery community is advocating for increased access to treatment and reducing stigma, yet the language we’re using is undermining those efforts.
We don’t have the luxury of personal choice in our use of language when we are talking about the highly stigmatized condition of addiction.
He told me he has a gambling addiction and had been gambling in secret for the past year or two. (Artwork: Tess Emily Rodriguez)
About six months ago my partner dropped a major bomb on me. He told me he's a gambling addict and has been gambling in secret for the past year or two.
I don’t know what “normal” is — that is to be not in crisis — because I never knew normal, to begin with. I am the crisis friend.
Biologically speaking, I do have a "mother." There is a woman somewhere who gave birth to me. But that's not a mom and I really wish I had a mother!
Want to see me panic? Ask me what I’m going to be doing in 10 years.
The one thing I knew I wanted as a kid was to never be like my mother — no Jose Cuervo, no Marlboro Light 100s, no makeup mirror dusted with coke.
You knew before you even finished reading the title that you’re addicted. You’re so addicted that you’re actually proud of it, smug even. And with Today’s Deals and free shipping, who can blame you?
This ad is the furthest thing from funny. It’s not humor, it’s not satire, it’s just plain distasteful. Good humor punches up. But there’s no humor to be found in an issue that, according to the Center For Disease Control, killed 47,055 people in 2014. Of those over 47,000 people that died of a drug overdose, opiates — like heroin — were involved in 61% of those deaths.