What Are The Differences Between Prescription Drug, Heroin, and Alcohol Addiction?

What Are The Differences Between Prescription Drug, Heroin, and Alcohol Addiction?


(easy music) – When it comes to drug
addiction and alcoholism let’s start off by
saying alcohol’s a drug. The biggest problem I see though is what I would call the pure drug addict, the heroin addict for example. A lotta heroin addicts don’t drink. That’s their claim to fame, I
never drank or I don’t drink. And they act as if they’re
better ’cause they’re, I guess they wanna call
themselves a purist. The thing with alcohol
and drug addiction is they’re both potentially fatal. People have the exact behaviors. I mean when you go to
rehab they don’t put you into separate sections
based on drug of choice. I mean take for example I’m very open to my self-disclosure
being a heroin addict. I go strictly to Alcoholics Anonymous because for me as it should,
or I would assume for most, it’s not about my drug of choice, it’s about my behaviors
that led to the drug. It’s about my traumas that
led to the self-medication. My weapon of choice is
somewhat irrelevant. Certain drugs do bring different aspects. Let’s take heroin for example. You risk the greatest chance
of immediate overdose. Take methamphetamines you risk
probably one of the greatest chance for going into psychosis. Look at alcohol, you by far
risk the greatest chance of physical and mental
deterioration over time. To me the one legal drug is
the worst one that I deal with. With alcohol, the wet brain, the physical deterioration,
a liver damage. You take a 25 year old heroin addict doing $300 a day worth of heroin, they’re violently ill for seven days and 10 days later they’re at the gym. You take an alcoholic who’s been drinkin’ a fifth of vodka for five years, I even had one guy that
was in a nursing home at the age of 33 who had to use a bed pan because of alcohol. You don’t see that with other drugs. So what’s the difference? Alcohol’s socially
acceptable, it’s everywhere, and I believe the recovery for it by far is the most difficult ’cause you think about
heroin and crack and meth, it’s not in every Seven
Eleven or street corner. Alcohol, you can’t watch tv,
you can’t go to a wedding, you can’t do anything, you
can’t even go out to eat without alcohol being offered,
no other drug does that. So I guess the summary would be for me from my professional experience, heroin probably has one of the
worst feelings of withdrawal. Alcohol you can die from the withdrawal. Amphetamines, crack, the
withdrawal is the opposite of the effect, you mostly sleep. So when you think about
what is the difference, every drug is different, alcohol, heroin, crack, meth, what have you. Whether even process addiction,
gambling, sex, eating, they’re all different
but they all come down to a common denominator. It’s not why the drug use, it’s
why are you using the drugs? Where’s the pain, where’s the trauma, where’s it coming from? So I try not to categorize people. And I guess the best way
to sum it up is this. If a family calls me up
and we talk for 45 minutes, and they explain this horrible situation. And they call me back 20 minutes later and say so you know Mike I told
you they were using heroin. I just found out it’s
not heroin, it’s crack. Would it change the conversation?

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