Doing Drugs to Feel Comfortable in Your Own Skin


True Stories of Addiction: Zach

Zach’s earliest memory is watching his father leave his mother. He didn’t understand why his father left he just knew how it made him feel. As Zach grew older, he felt out of place because all of his friends had what seemed to be a perfect family life and he couldn’t relate because his parents split when he was so young. His family life bothered him so much, he hated being at home. So, Zach started playing sports to escape his personal life. Using sports as an escape didn’t last long. He was soon introduced to drugs and Alcohol, which worked as a better outlet to help him not feel emotions.

The first drug Zach was introduced to was Marijuana. He was at his old elementary school and when he took the first hit, he finally felt comfortable in his own skin. As his Marijuana use progressed, Zach’s cousins introduced him to not only using more drugs but also selling drugs.

He loved his new life, made money, had many friends and an amazing girlfriend. There was nothing that could make Zach feel depressed until he was in a terrible car accident where his girlfriend was killed on impact. Zach was immediately taken to the hospital in a helicopter and is lucky to be alive.


He ended up staying in the hospital for a long time, where the doctors would keep giving him pain medication because they didn’t know Zach had a past with abusing drugs. After 10 days in the hospital, Zach finally realized he lost his girlfriend and his heart was broken. He didn’t understand why something so cruel could happen to such a wonderful girl. Instead of dealing with the emotions of his loss, he kept popping the pain medications the doctors prescribed to numb his emotions.

Doing Drugs to Numb the Pain

After some time of Zach using the pain medications, the doctors cut off his script because they felt he had a problem. The doctors were right, Zach just couldn’t see it. Because of the trauma he lived through, he was willing to do anything to feel better about himself and his life. He ended up going to a party and decided to do some Cocaine. When he snorted his first line, he believes he set off his addiction for the next ten years of his life.

His addiction progressed and Zach ended up getting arrested in a prescription fraud ring and was charged with a class three felony, attempting to acquire Narcotics through fraudulent means. Because it was Zach’s first change, he got a slap on the wrist and was ordered to go to drug treatment. Zach complied, went to treatment, many times, but couldn’t seem to stay off the drugs.


Because Zach was charged with Narcotic charges, he couldn’t get doctors to write him prescriptions anymore. So, he started using Heroin intravenously. The second he picked up Heroin, he couldn’t put it down. He was now a slave to the drug and he didn’t think there was anything he could do about it. His addiction progressed, he tried to move away to different states, which didn’t work. He always ended up homeless, with a needle in his arm where ever he went.

Finding Treatment for Drug Addiction


Zach went to detox to try to find a better way of life. He got his first taste of sobriety but didn’t stay sober. After a few weeks, he ended up going to a halfway house to try and clean up his act again. In this halfway house, he noticed that everyone around him was happy and he wanted that. He was tired of looking for a way out. His addiction got to the point where he wasn’t just looking for drugs on the streets anymore. He was looking for a gun as well to end it all. He was done having those negative thoughts and knew it was time to listen to these other men in the halfway house and ask them for help on how to stay sober.


Zach was told to work the 12-step program as honestly as he could and that is what he did. He got a sponsor, worked through the 12-steps honestly and started working with other guys in the program. A weight lifted off Zach’s shoulders and his obsession to use drugs has been removed from him. He is finally free and feels like he can live a normal and happy life. There is nothing he wouldn’t do for his sobriety and is blessed he found a way to escape the miserable life he was living.

  1. This is not too good on Zach at all. A home is a place where children should find the best comfort. Parents should for the sake of their children be in one accord and not separate as this have negative effect on their wards. Thanks to detox for the 12-steps program that saved Zach.

  2. Feeling deprived off from the family and society too is very depressing for any individual. That is what happened with him which made him addicted.

  3. It is really hard being depressed, and it is harder if you do not have anyone to lean on. Mental health is really important. If not properly diagnosed, a depressed person might end up in a mental institution.

  4. “The life keeps getting better and better”, this qoute is not totally true for me. Actually life will getting better is depends on the each of the persons.

  5. Zach you always back to the same condition,after along long way to get sober ,you really clear from it, don’t get back to your negative life or you Will regreat forever, believe in God and you Will find a Peacesness

  6. Not to feel emotion so the answer was drugs? Sorry o say this but that sounds so weak and an excuse. I am not ebcouraging it but for real I can understand addicts who became that way in search of a place to belong or those for medical reasons than this. Sorry it just sounds lame to me,

  7. Most times people have a change of character due to situations that happen at home , and Zack was not an exception. He is really lucky to be alive and now sober. I do hope he never goes back to drug addiction.

  8. Such emotional story. It’s not only fault of Zack , their parents are equally guilty. Child are like water , where you put them they become like that. A perfect care needed in childhood.

  9. Doing drugs and feeling comfortable is just for a while because when it wears off and you come back to reality you find out you are still the same. Thank you Detox to rehab for helping Zach to stay sober, the 12 steps program is really helping a lot.

  10. This touching story has clearly portrayed that drug addiction can result in health complications as well as loss of lives. Detox rehabilitation has greatly helped to give hope to the hopeless. However, it is important to note that prevention is better than cure.

  11. Drugs may make you feel that comfort you desire at the point of taking it but it can never make you a better person. Despite Zach having money, having friends who were not true to him or themselves and a girl friend, all this came crashing down after the accident. After he understood the true meaning of happiness at the half way house and went for the 12 step program he is now a better person for it. Happy for him though.

  12. Trauma can make one do the unthinkable. Zach couldn’t understand why his father left the mother and this was the starting point of misterous life. Detox program rehab is doing well.

  13. The assertion is devilish and a deception from the pit of hell. In fact, drug and alcohol addiction destroy skin. Nevertheless, the intervention of 12-step program has helped Zach.

  14. The article states that he was using drugs to “fix” his emotions and feel happy. the fact of the matter remains that drugs can provide a temporary relief from the paid, but it is very damaging to your own body. If you are suffering from problems in your life, then the best way to deal with them is to talk to a professional. This won’t give you a relief outright, but it will be worthwhile in the long run. It is good to read that Zach recovered from his addiction.

  15. What he passed through was so tough to take. But drug addiction isn’t the solution. So glad he got help and he’s alive to tell the story.

  16. feel bad for him. losing a girl you love is terrible enough but using drugs to numb the pain is wrong. Zach’s life really spiralled down and I really felt for him going from cocaine to heroine …what could be worse than that. Knowing that he is getting the help he needs is a relief. I just hope he doesn’t go back to drugs

  17. The feelings of doing drugs is not actually a good thing rather very nasty and uncomfortable. Thank God Zach got out and find help. Thanks Detox

  18. Awwwn….. so touching
    Being deprived of the joy of a happy complete home is terrible 🤧
    Thank God he at last found help

  19. No drug can make you feel comfortable, its the opposite tgats happening. Never be deceived please, we can see it from this story

  20. Drugs not doing anything good to the skin, it kills the skin guys. Drug cant even make you up to the standard or meet up to people, just be yourself

  21. You should around yourself with good people. Bad association spoil you and lead you to bad habits. Rehab is a good place for misguided lives.

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