Founder of NOW Entertainment Tony M Fountain opens up about The Reality of Substance Abuse Disorder written by: Emma Sprately
Over 20 million Americans suffer from an addiction of some kind. It starts by trying substances with some friends socially or even by using it to cope with personal problems. But once you get hooked on drugs, it always ends the same way.
Sure, the exact situation can differ. But subsequently, you will end up on a path of decline if you don’t get personal or professional help. Substance abuse can ruin many aspects of your life and could even have negative repercussions on your health.
What’s been your experiences with substance abuse Mr. Fountain?
“At one point in my life, I was using drugs heavily. I remember one time I wanted to take a piss and started to walk to the bathroom. I don’t know what happened, but closed my eyes and woke up to someone standing over me asking me if I was okay.”
“They helped me up and I continued walking to the bathroom. I tried to pee but my legs were so wobbly I had to sit down. They came in again to give me some water and asked if I was okay. I said yeah, but later they told me that I really scared them because my body was half on the toilet and also against the wall. I honestly thought I was sitting down straight…”
Facing the Reality of Substance Abuse
I’m sure you must have heard the expression, “It’s time to face reality.” In truth, it is really difficult to own up to drug abuse. It’s so much easier to rationalize it, blame someone or something, or just ignore the truth altogether.
But when it is ruining your life, at some point you will have no choice but to own up to the truth — you’ve slid downhill, just about as far as you can go. How do you face reality?
“Most of the time I would go get a system cleaner from a convenience store before taking a drug test. But there was one occasion where I could not find any. It was all sold out and I failed the drug test. That was a true wake up call for me and I stopped shortly afterward.”
“But before I stopped, I was knee deep into substance abuse from sunup to sundown.”
“My 17-year-old niece is currently battling with a drug addiction. She was in a rehab in Marietta Georgia for the past few months and came home for Thanksgiving, but never went back. When we turned our backs she took off and has been missing since.”
People who abuse drugs or alcohol before their brains are fully developed (before the mid-20s), are at risk for addiction later in life. This is because the brain changes as a result of these hard substances.
“I’ve had many talks with her over the years about staying away from the wrong crowd, but like most people at that age, she didn’t listen. Hopefully, she will figure it all out and get her life straightened out soon.”
Everyone’s situation is different and for some people, it takes a lot more than it does for others. But once you hit that breaking point, you will begin to take action and crawl back out of the hole of despair that you are in.
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The first thing you should do is find an alcohol and drug abuse treatment or mental health treatment facility or program near you. The SAMHSA helpline (1-800-662-help) is a good place to start.
Changing Your Life For The Best
“There was one time I got really lucky. I had taken some alcohol, snorted an 8-ball, popped a few pills and was smoking a blunt while driving (a lot I know!).”
“At the time, I thought I was driving pretty well. I pulled over to take a piss at the park porta potty, but when I did, I fell over and I knew I was way too f***** up to get back behind the wheel.”
Most people with a substance abuse disorder won’t quit until they are mentally and physically ready to do so. Recovery is a lifelong process. It isn’t something you do for your friends or family but for yourself.
You can’t look at it like a short-term treatment plan. When you choose to get treatment, you must do it with a genuine commitment to stay clean and sober for the rest of your life. Getting treatment, counseling and aftercare support are the best steps for a successful recovery.