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Window on Addiction

Photo taken by Abby from the Bay Area of California, who suffers from Bipolar II. More about her here.

About this photo: Substance use and abuse travel side-by-side with my mental health issues. It is tempting to pair the two as inevitable bedfellows, but in the process of recovery from both alcoholism and bipolar, I am learning that I can live with one (bipolar) without the other (alcohol). But I still find myself wondering how long the two will consume me, instead of the other way around. Bottles of medication continue to permeate my waking life, and they appear to seduce me from every bedside table and on every street corner. Is this what it means to be sober? Is it the need to stare at the window on addiction, and decide not to shatter it? 

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3 comments on “Window on Addiction

  1. eof737
    April 18, 2012

    I’m finally catching up but will have to come back and comment later on other/ future posts. Thanks for your patience! :-)

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  2. anotherthousandwords
    April 18, 2012

    WOW, Abby…that is one superb photo!

    Stay strong…and KEEP GOING!

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  3. The Wanderlust Gene
    April 18, 2012

    Don’t stare, walk on by and know you’re not alone most people have demons of one type or another they battle to a greater or lesser degree. I’d say being sober is being in charge of the choices you make, emancipated from the false claims of unreality … Don’t sweat it darling, fill yourself with love:)

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