If there is such a thing as a silver lining in regards to the diseased black cloud we know as drug addiction, it would be found right here on this website. This is where you will witness the remarkable effectiveness of harm reductive thinking in reducing the horrific consequences of substance abuse. Once the progression of the disease is arrested, it's often just one step away from being stopped cold.
Providing easily accessible ACCURATE information to those in need of it is the DF basic operational approach to achieving harm reduction and subsequent recovery.
But information alone would never have got me off meth. Education by itself wouldn't have stood a fighting chance against my quarter-century hydrocodone binge. All the knowledge in the world would have been just a fart in the wind up against the decades of chemical warfare I've waged on myself.
But that's all I was looking for when I showed up here bout five months ago. Information. I had questions bout somebody else's addiction, a grocery list, nuthin more. I was a life-long unrepentant born-to-die hardcore drug addict. I lived it. I loved it. I rolled in it like a dog. But then I made the mistake of looking round lil bit.
I've been here ever since. I've been a member bout four months. I've been chemical-free going on five weeks. The only times I've ever been clean this long were the times when I was in a cell.
I'm 58 years old. This is the very first time I've ever actually had the desire to get off drugs. And it's not the information which I found here; it's the people I found here who inspired me to change my way of living.
We look out for one another. We forgive one another. We stand by each other. When one of us stumbles, others lend a hand up. When one of us gets lost in the fog, others shine a light. When one of is hurting, we're all hurting. And when one of us finally breaks the chains of addiction, we all celebrate. We uplift one another.
That is the magic and the miracle of DF. These are my people. This is my tribe.