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Do you reckon I drink too much?

I've had a boozy summer and I'm wondering whether I'm over doing it? [more inside]
posted by blokefromipanema on Sep 26, 2016 - 35 answers

Podcast episode about someone taping everything for years

I’m looking for a specific podcast episode featuring a man who started taping everything around him for years in hopes that the found sound would lead to a good radio story but it never did. I think the piece was on Transom, but it could also have been on something similar, such as This American Life or Love and Radio. A number of very specific plot details inside. [more inside]
posted by Going To Maine on Sep 24, 2016 - 4 answers

Good old blogging

I miss the days when I could actually find people's personal blogs online. Does anybody do that anymore? I am interested in people who document their life, experiences and thoughts -- preferably recent blogs that are still being updated, but any blogs with a decent archive would be fine, too -- and I do not mind dark stuff (quite the opposite). [more inside]
posted by denika on Jul 27, 2016 - 12 answers

Seeking effective marijuana cessation ideas

Daily user beginning a detox soon and looking for strategies, propaganda, anything that I can turn to for staying clean [more inside] [more inside]
posted by eusebis_w_adorno on Jul 25, 2016 - 14 answers

How do I talk to my brother, who I think is abusing pain pills?

For a few years I’ve had the suspicion that my brother is misusing? overusing? addicted to? pain pills. Something. He was having lots of back pain, which is how he began taking the pills about four years ago. [more inside]
posted by gigondas on Jun 18, 2016 - 8 answers

AA Ethics/Options for concerned family

Chris lives is in a far-off state and needs help with accountability in overcoming addiction and other personal/financial issues. Family is at wit's end and wants to help but cannot travel. We are currently limited to what Chris shares, and all parties know that that's not good enough. [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas on Jun 11, 2016 - 12 answers

Dealing w/ Stalkers when trying to publicize + being a Recovering Addict

I've filed a civil harassment order against a former college professor for stalking me online regularly in the last 4 years that has started to take its toll on me. [more inside]
posted by sam3cat on Jun 10, 2016 - 12 answers

How to stop wanting things: practical advice

I want things. All the things. All the time. Things are fascinating and beautiful and shiny. My desire for things is so impulsive, and absorbs so much of my energy, it's maddening. I am seeking out practical advice - actions; habits; constructive methods for self-reflection that I can work on putting in place - to help me change my outlook on life and reduce the importance I place on possessing and desiring material things. [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on Jun 5, 2016 - 49 answers

How can I help my friend with his compulsive spending issues?

My close friend M is struggling with compulsive spending (and other compulsive habits). I've just found out from a mutual friend that he's run out of money again. How can I help him help himself? What are some ways that I can support him emotionally without enabling his behaviours? (Details inside.) [more inside]
posted by mr. manager on Apr 13, 2016 - 20 answers

How to deal with a loved family member with an addiction

My extended family always turns to me whenever there's a problem that they are having a hard time dealing with. Most of the time, I'm able to provide something based on research or I'm able to give helpful advice. This time, I need a little help. [more inside]
posted by hal_c_on on Jan 16, 2016 - 7 answers

How to help cheating ex without hurting myself

Ex cheated on me. It hurts. She's now in an abusive, controlling relationship. Where do I draw the line between helping her and helping me? Many, many snow flurries inside. [more inside]
posted by AnonymousPuppet on Dec 21, 2015 - 30 answers

Should I return stolen goods?

I stole from a daycare and am too ashamed to admit it to the carers. My kids will be going to this daycare next year. I am worried they know of my problem and will think less of me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 18, 2015 - 37 answers

Google fu fail--story likely on hacker news about addictive web behavior

I read a story recently that I've not been able to find on Hacker News or Google about behaviors that are built into websites that make them addictive. I cannot find the story--I'm creatively remembering now how it related to the bottomless feeds a la Facebook, random reinforcement, and perhaps social pressure. Does this thread ring a bell for the hive mind?
posted by teddyb109 on Dec 17, 2015 - 6 answers

Recovering Addict + Potential Parenthood Impact

So, my partner and I are at the stage of our relationship where we are discussing having children. I want to know about the impact of having a parent who is in recovery throughout your childhood. [more inside]
posted by socktothepuppet on Dec 5, 2015 - 12 answers

Finding the right psychiatric help in Memphis or Birmingham

A sibling of mine is in crisis. Possible bipolar disorder, definite prescription pill abuse, possible suicide risk. We need to find them help immediately. But my family being my family, there are some requirements that have to be met. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by shiu mai baby on Nov 11, 2015 - 11 answers

Dumb question about soda addiction

If I replace coke with caffeinated tea and sugary sweets, why do I still get withdrawal headaches? Is there something in coke that is more addictive than caffeine or sugar? [more inside]
posted by myselfasme on Sep 28, 2015 - 9 answers

Spanish language version of HALT (hungry, angry, lonely, tired)?

I have an English-language health handout that includes the self-care check-yourself acronym HALT (Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired - more background on it here). I want to have the handout translated into Spanish. Is there an "official" Spanish-language version of HALT that therapists use? I don't want to make up something new. [more inside]
posted by cadge on Sep 15, 2015 - 3 answers

Podcasts on addiction and substance abuse? (Series or single episodes)

I listened to the two episodes of You Made It Weird where Harris Wittels talked about his experiences with drugs, heroin, and rehab. What other nonfiction podcasts are like this? [more inside]
posted by cadge on Sep 2, 2015 - 6 answers

Relationships with recovering alcoholics/addicts

What typically happens when you're in a relationship with a recovering alcoholic/addict, and what are some ways of mitigating distastrous consequences for both parties? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 11, 2015 - 17 answers

Can you Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind someone virtually?

Yeah, that question is a weird one, so I will try to sum it up; boy meets girl, girls sleeps with boy, boy is a stunning wild Ukrainian flower that does not take life seriously and sleeps around on a daily basis, girl gets deeply attached, boy does not. However, I have become addicted to masochistically googling his name so I can view his social networks' pages (mostly Instagram, but also his VKontakte page). It became a daily ritual that deeply interferes with the fact that I absolutely know I should forget all about him and move on, cause as some of you know, this is a cul-de-sac and it hurts. So, I was wondering (perhaps very naively) if there is some way, or even some kind of a paid service, that will make it practically impossible for me to do this. It will make it impossible to google him, OR will block his social status pages from me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 16, 2015 - 16 answers

Given these snowflakes, is my partner smoking too much?

I found out last night that my partner has been smoking pot about five nights a week, but in such small quantities that they did not think it worthwhile to mention, since I knew about and was not bothered by periodic smoking in general. I am not really drawn to drugs or alcohol, so I have no idea if this is an appropriate amount or not. Details within! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 29, 2015 - 26 answers

Help me help my friend through addiction

A good friend has a drug problem (pain pills & xanax). He has been taking Subutex for a few weeks now and will be crashing at my place temporarily. How do I best help him through this? Tips, tricks, advice... things I should expect? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 25, 2015 - 23 answers

Weaning Myself Off of Checking Messages, Email and Websites

How do I wean myself off this urge to constantly check the internet? Sometimes I use an app blocker or turn of the internet when I need to do a focused session of work, but I find myself feeling this strong, psychological itch to use the internet anyway. The urge is so strong it's distracting, even if the internet is inaccessible. [more inside]
posted by neeta on May 1, 2015 - 11 answers

Need A Therapist/Psychiatrist ASAP

For a family member. How do I find a therapist/psychiatrist in my area (Colorado Springs) who can help with addiction & mental health issues? [more inside]
posted by j_curiouser on Apr 25, 2015 - 5 answers

Friend is addicted to heroin. Do I tell her parents?

I recently found out that a friend from high school is addicted to heroin. I have talked to a handful of other friends, but I'm not satisfied with the response. I think her parents could help. More details below. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 19, 2015 - 51 answers

What resources are there for internet/gaming addiction recovery?

A family friend needs help. Over the last few years he's been sinking more and more of his life into MMORPGs and internet time wasting. He's socially isolated -- no friends, low social skills. He was a pretty normal, fun kid up until about 15. He's in the midst of flunking out of his freshman year of college (after an in-between year spent similarly wasted). [more inside]
posted by mf_ss on Feb 22, 2015 - 10 answers

Addicted, Adopted and Felon

I have a 48 year old son who has been in and out of jail since 1988. He was just released in California with the passing of Prop 47, which not only let him out of jail early, it reduced his felony convictions to misdemeanors and removed his probation. Many may think that this is really great, however, now there are no services available to him for recovery. [more inside]
posted by Judy9245 on Feb 20, 2015 - 33 answers

I think I've fallen out of love with my husband. What now?

More detail below the cut, but mostly I'm seeking some experience and wisdom from the hivemind on the more existential aspects of this realization, and maybe a reality check if needed. Thanks. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 12, 2015 - 24 answers

I want to quit self-medicating with weed. Help me clear my brain.

I have been a daily smoker for 5 years (after work) to self-medicate my anxiety, insomnia, and loss of appetite. I attempted to quit recently, and got 2 weeks out before having 2 severe panic attacks in 2 days. My insomnia and loss of appetite also returned. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 7, 2015 - 16 answers

What Tangible Gift Represents a "Phoenix Rising"?

After making several major life changes, a friend of mine has adopted the phoenix - a la, mythical bird arising from its ashes - as her mascot. What's a small physical totem I could give her to represent this symbol? [more inside]
posted by rogerrogerwhatsyourrvectorvicto on Feb 5, 2015 - 13 answers

How to say no even though I can say yes?

I have a troubled half brother who has recently come into my life. He was just released from prison, there on possession charges. He lives across the country, is jobless, homeless, and without family (aside from my mother and me). Yesterday he asked if I could wire him money. Just enough to buy some food. I can easily do this, so without thinking, I said I would. [more inside]
posted by hippychick on Nov 23, 2014 - 56 answers

I need to break free of my gambling addiction.

I'm addicted to online gambling, and it's taking a toll on my social life, pocketbook, and self-esteem. I need to quit - and have tried to - but have relapsed each time within a week, give or take. The relapse usually occurs when I'm anxious/stressed (which unfortunately is quite often lately). To MeFites that have struggled with and overcome some form of addiction - how did you beat your habit? What did it take? How did you resist the temptation, even in moments of weakness? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 7, 2014 - 13 answers

Oops, I did it again :(

How can I forgive myself for exercising such poor judgment? [more inside]
posted by Chrysalis on Oct 28, 2014 - 25 answers

I think I need more help than a profile critique...

I've been a member of OKCupid for seven years, met most of my friends and both of my partners (polyamorous) there. I've had a very healthy and fruitful relationship with the site in the past. But lately, I've been spending an absurd proportion of my time there, and getting very few results. I don't think the problem is my profile, I think it's this new fixation with getting messages... [more inside]
posted by dee lee on Oct 21, 2014 - 10 answers

Help me get sober in a secular, woman-friendly way

I am in my early thirties, and I am finally facing the fact that I have a substantial drinking problem. Like a lot of people, I drink to mute my feelings--I have been through an awful lot of trauma, so even as I work on things there is still more hurt to feel. I am trying to formulate a recovery plan that works within my own idiosyncrasies and values, but I am not sure what is out there. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 20, 2014 - 24 answers

How to stop compulsive behaviour?

I have problems with shopping compulsively. I want to stop so I can work on paying down debt, and the feelings of guilt and deception when it comes to hiding things. But I haven't found a way that sticks. Does anyone have any experience with beating addictions on a day to day basis? Or in talking yourself out of cravings? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 13, 2014 - 23 answers

I feel like I cannot function without Tylenol. How can I stop this?

I have persistent headaches, backaches, depression, and anxiety. I take Tylenol to alleviate both physical and emotional pain, but now it has become so habitual that I can't stop. I'm scared of what I'm doing to my health at this point and need advice on how to stop, and other alternatives I can take to relax enough to be able to function throughout my day. [more inside]
posted by summertimesadness1988 on Oct 12, 2014 - 22 answers

What makes a person an alcoholic?

I think my partner drinks too much. My partner thinks I'm overreacting. Who's right? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 10, 2014 - 43 answers

MBA in self-management

Expert self-managers, how do you do it? [more inside]
posted by dinosaurprincess on Sep 30, 2014 - 2 answers

I need healthy ways to improve mood and concentration.

Lately I notice that I've been slipping into some unhealthy vices.... [more inside]
posted by Cybria on Sep 10, 2014 - 8 answers

How can I make life more stimulating and beat an Internet addiction?

I'm underemployed, have so many hobbies and interests that I can't decide which to pursue, and friends who are usually too busy to hang out very often. All of this makes my day-to-day life incredibly dull, so I usually end up online...all day. My room doesn't get cleaned, my laundry doesn't get done, my clients grow unhappy, and sometimes I forget to eat, but at least my brain has something to do. [more inside]
posted by oogenesis on Sep 4, 2014 - 16 answers

How do I conquer my longtime addiction to relationships?

How do I conquer my longtime addiction to relationships, but... also date in Brooklyn? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 15, 2014 - 9 answers

Life changes for the... difficult brain.

I'm not happy with the way I look or feel. I haven't been for a long time. I'm severely overweight, have high blood pressure with a family history of heart disease and diabetes, wake up with back pain every morning, have zero energy if it doesn't come in the form of an energy drink or shot, and just generally look like hell. What can I do to lose over 80 lbs and get myself to a healthy BMI for a 24yo 5'8' male when my brain acts like it really, really just wants to have me die of a heart attack by 35? Snowstorm inside. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Aug 15, 2014 - 34 answers

How to best support my partner who wants help w/ shame & addiction?

My partner has been wrestling with alcohol and sexual shame for a long time. This week, he confided in me that he wants to seek help based upon a boundary I set for myself, that he does not want to live like this anymore. I don't want to "over-help" or engage in any co-dependent behavior and I want to be a loving partner in this. But I also need to protect myself and our kids. What can I do or what should I avoid? Specifics inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 14, 2014 - 11 answers

Beautiful, meditative books for a godless twelve stepper

I'm looking for spiritual but not religious books on recovery in the AA tradition. [more inside]
posted by Acheman on Aug 1, 2014 - 11 answers

addicted to giving away money

This is my first ever question on metafilter, and it probably sounds absurd. I recently got a relatively-high-paying job away from home, and I'm only 23. Maybe it's because I'm lonely, but only time I feel good about myself or feel like I'm worth anything is when I help others. [more inside]
posted by Ain on Jul 31, 2014 - 27 answers

I caught my new nanny doing drugs

I hired a new nanny. Today is her 2nd day. As I had bad experiences with nanny before, I set up a nanny cam. After I came home today, I reviewed the video clips and found my nanny took out a prescription bottle, took a pill out of the bottle, kind of smash something on the table and then use a small paper roll and then it looks like she inhales it into nose. I reported to police right away and will definitely fire her. I don't know what else I can do or what else I should do. Any suggestions? Thank you
posted by kktony on Jul 24, 2014 - 39 answers

Should I break up with my gf while I work on resolving my addiction?

I started dating my girlfriend six months ago. Since that time, I have gradually taken more of my stimulant medication than prescribed. I have told her on multiple occasions about the overuse of my stimulant medication and that recently it had gotten worse. Earlier tonight she told me that she is starting to distance herself from me and that she needs some extra space to protect herself [from being around someone with addictive behavior]. Her brother had a drug problem and she understands how emotionally draining it can be to have an addict in her life. What is the mature thing to do in this situation? Do I wait for her to potentially break up with me? Do I ask her for a break while I work on things? Do I just want to ask for a break to save myself from the pain of her breaking up with me first? I love her and I want her to be a part of my life but I don't want her to be consumed by my addiction while I get help. Please help.
posted by anonymous on Jul 23, 2014 - 15 answers

Lost and found: half sibling edition

I found out that I have a half brother five years ago. I got curious, then thanks to the internet, I was able to locate him a year ago. We (mom included) have been in touch, and he wants to be a part of our family, which I love as I am an only child raised by a single mom. The catch: He has problems with addiction, the law, and being employed. [more inside]
posted by hippychick on Jul 3, 2014 - 32 answers

Does everyone have a vice?

Are there people with no vices? Is it possible to switch one vice for another? [more inside]
posted by aivilo91 on Jun 30, 2014 - 17 answers

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