Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Drugs take away the pain

"The reason I do drugs is so I don't feel the fucking feelings I feel when I don't do drugs," Nick, a forty year old heroin and crystal meth addict once told me, weeping as he spoke. "When I don't feel the drugs in me, I get depressed." His father drilled into his twin sons the notion that they were nothing but "pieces of shit." Nick's brother committed suicide as a teenager; Nick became a lifelong addict."

Gabor Mate, M.D., In The Realm Of Hungry Ghosts, p. 14

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