Detox – Day 1

fabriano quadrato artist journal sketch by jessica doyle - day one detox

Sometime in January I knew things were not right and that a climax was on it’s way.

I phoned the local drug and alcohol detox facility on January 22nd, 2012 and self admitted myself three days later for seven days. For an entire week, I went through the rather uncomfortable detoxification process, and survived.

I’ve been sober off over-the-counter medications and alcohol ever since.

I didn’t think a relapse would happen this way. I mean… this coming August I’ll be seven years clean off hard drugs and five months cigarette free later this month… and now on the 25th I’ll be 90 days clean and sober off of everything.

And that feels foreign and most naked to me.

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6 thoughts on “Detox – Day 1

  1. I’m sure you feel very vulnerable too.  I think it is very brave of you to share your story with everyone.  I’m sending supportive and positive energy your way.  Beautiful artwork.  

  2. Jessica,  Please know that you are not alone.  You are a beautiful person-inside and out-and you have many friends…who care deeply for your health and happiness.
    with much care and respect,
    nancy kiplinger-mccann
    ( customer and huge fan of yours!!!)

  3. Its incredible the way timing with the universe works.  I don’t read every single post you submit, but today I said, let me see what is going on with Jessica…  Then I wonder why I don’t every day!  
    I too am going through addiction problems.  I was in rehab at 16 and here I am, 10 years later, trying to pick up the pieces again.  Thank you for the inspiration.  It takes big guts to tell the world about self destructive behaviors that we can be so helpless to.  I pretty much can’t hang out with anyone since a lot of people here in Miami use drugs in one form or the other.  It brings me peace to know that I am the only one who can really help myself instead of trying to find approval in others.  Reading this just gave me a little push, and I really needed it.  Thanks again for your introspective confessions!  
    Much love and respect Jessica!  

  4. Hey Jess, Just keep fighting for what you want. It’s never easy, but the rewards will be worth it. I will be celebrating 8 years dry this Canada Day, and 13 years as a non-smoker. I will be honest and tell you that there are days even now when life’s many stresses make me think about having a drink, but then i just say no, i would lose everything and i don’t want to go there. So stick with it, you can do it. We’re all here for you. 

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