Teenager’s Perspective: living with her mother experiencing benzo withdrawal

My mom is an addict. Or was an addict I should say. She wasn’t addicted to any street drugs, not heroin, not cocaine or meth. She took the drugs, not because she wanted an escape, but because she was prescribed them without knowing their addictive properties. She became addicted to the medicine that the doctors continued to give her when her depression and anxiety didn’t go away. I have never seen so many pills. Prozac, Cymbalta. Xanax, Klonopin, Zoloft. Take three a day, take one in the morning and one at night to help her sleep, remember to take twice daily with food. While taking these she wasn’t herself. … [click on title to read the rest]

Curiosity about ourselves and our inner lives

Even when life brings one lemons, I've found the most helpful attitude is to be curious about the experience. Below are various bits and pieces to help inspire the process of doing that in your life. Curiosity about ourselves and our inner lives is really what personal growth is about. And anyone regardless of whether they're religious or secular can grow in this manner. It's often called spirituality, but one need not attach oneself to that word to utilize the practices. … [click on title to read the rest]

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