Addict X

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“Whether you sniff it, smoke it, eat it, or shove it up your ass, the result is the same: addiction.” - William S. Burroughs…In this day in age people get addicted to video games, the internet even social media, almost everything can become an addiction. From the age 15 to now I have seen people consume a variety of drugs in pill from ecstasy to religiously taking ibuprofen. I never witnessed a full blown addiction until my best-friend, (who I will be calling X for this paper) became addicted to vicodin. She became a completely different person; she was fully emerged in the addiction. It took control of her life. It changed her values, relationships and her health. So, what is Vicodin? Vicodin is a combination of two pain relievers, acetaminophen, commonly known by the trade name Tylenol, and hydrocodone synthetic codeine. Vicodin is one of the most widely prescribed pain relievers and has become one of the most frequently abused.According “vicodin can cause the nerve cells to release abnormally large amounts of natural neurotransmitters or prevent the normal recycling of these brain chemicals. This disruption produces a greatly amplified message, ultimately disrupting communication channels. The difference in effect can be described as the difference between someone whispering into your ear and someone shouting into a microphone”. X began taking the pill when she had an abortion; it was given to her to help the discomfort and pain during and after the procedure. X began taking it as prescribed, then slowly into the month began taking it for “small headaches” or because she had a “bad day”. Her supply ran out and her prescription was no longer filled once the month ended. Her parents were getting a divorce and her home life was deteriorating along with her own relationship. Vicodin became her escape from the real world. Since her supply had run out, she began slowly stealing them from her mom’s medicine cabinet. It began with taking 1-3, then...
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