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Hey indigo, hows good ol' Charlie doing? Haha. Winnig. Wow 650 some hits on this topic, i guess i'm not only one interested in what we doing for living out there, few interesting answers.


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I do sandblasting (etching) in coffee mugs, glassware and awards. My business is doing about as well as the developer's business a few posts up. :shock:

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I was a Registered Nurse for about 20 years, specializing in Women's Health and Labor & Delivery until I let my addiction to opiates steal that from me. Before that and since then, my most important 'career' has been that of being a wife and mother!
I think this a great topic....proving that many of us have been and are contributing members of society! I think we would all be very surprised if a poll were taken out there amongst the general population, as to how many good, respectable folks are popping a pretty large amount of pills every day.....opiates and/or benzos.....My guess is that there would be A LOT!!!


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setmefree said, "I think we would all be very surprised if a poll were taken out there amongst the general population, as to how many good, respectable folks are popping a pretty large amount of pills every day..."

I couldn't agree more. It's the media who like to sensationalize our plight and portray us as losers, laying in a ditch with a needle hanging out of our arm.

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i agree with you romeo. i think it even surprised me a little to see how there are so many functioning (i know its not the best word to describe it) addicts out there. i was def one of the functioning addicts that could only go to work with the right amount of pills in my system, any less and i would be bored, any more and i would be asleep on my desk. Im not saying that you are a better person if you are a functioning addict, all im saying is that i didnt know there were so many of us around.


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I'm a Litigation Executive and work in a Legal Department handling motor insurance claims. Its a relief somehow to know that opiate addiction can trap people from all walks of life. :lol: I know now that I am actually 'normal'


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Teacher, working on second master's degree to be an administrator. What a joke! Not really, but if some really knew the life I led, it would be a disgrace. Oh well, glad I finally kicked it all! 10 days sub free :)


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I know its an old topic but I found it really interesting. Personallly im in my 20's but I have worked at a very prestigious golf country club, fine dining as a server and a busser, but probably my coolest job was traveling and working for a le mans car (formula car) race team. Unfortunately my addiction took that from me. Still, very cool post


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I am now retired but I am a nurse, R.N., B.S. with a Masters in Education. I taught for a while on the college level, then High School and School Nursing (36 years)
I still keep my license up because it was sooo hard to get it.....I guess I was not too smart in college!!

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slipper wrote:
I am now retired but I am a nurse, R.N., B.S. with a Masters in Education. I taught for a while on the college level, then High School and School Nursing (36 years)
I still keep my license up because it was sooo hard to get it.....I guess I was not too smart in college!!

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Setmefree I was just like you but "there but for the grace of God I didn't get caught. Every treatment center I was in had a large number of doctors and nurses...and American Airlines Pilots....scary isn't it. I was a real Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. HYde..could not function without my pills.ran out a lot...called in sick a lot to go get my pills..counted and recounted, hide and rehide them and forget where I hid them...

I worked so hard to get my education...it was very hard for me..I wasn't the smartest one in the class....and nearly lost it all to drugs...I can kind of relate to smf's occurance...I can imagine how you must have felt the day you got caught..
been there...done that too....(Just turned out better for me as I didn't lose my license)....I'll bet THERE ARE MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WALKING AROUND LIKE US!!

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I am CEO of an equipment finance company. i have had so many clients who are owners of surgery centers and hospitals get declined for credit because of being on probation with the AMA. It is usually for alcohol abuse or fentanyl. Never seems to be just pills. i guess the easy availability of the really good stuff is too tempting. Anyway, pain pills/ opiates do not discriminate based on income or walk of life.


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I wear many hats, they all pertain to beautification and health. Luckily I am my own boss & nobody can fire me for being an addict. Anyway, my occupation (s) are ~ Massage therapist (21 years) Esthestician (skin care specialist) Casmetic tattoos (permanent makeup) Dental gems (I bond crystals to peoples teeth) Vegetarian/Vegan Nutritional educator (I teach people how to become vegetarian or Vegan) That was interesting reading about you all.


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 Post subject: all walks of life
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So Skywalker's friend thinks opiate addiction only affects MIDDLE CLASS people? I would have thought that most people think it DOESN'T affect middle clasers. I thought people have more a stereotype that addicts are all completely down-and-out unemployed, criminal, derelicts. When in fact, yeah, there are lots of "functional" addicts and i think it can happen to anyone from any socioeconomic bracket. It's gotta be true that some are at higher risk than others, but I don't know that it has anything to do with socioeconomic status. People who get prescribed pain meds for legitimate conditions seem to be at risk, of course, and that could be anybody. Seems to me people with severe depression (also could be anyone) might have extra risk too--self-medicating and all that. I think people who live in areas where there is lots of drug use on the streets would be at higher risk too, jsut a matter of proximity and maybe peer pressure, especially maybe young people. and then, people in the medical professions are at higher risk too, I think, again, based on proximity/availability as well as maybe the fact that the medical professions can be high stress.

Anyway, I myself don't really have any kind of caeer and can't say i ever really have had a career--just jobs. I had the same office job for over a decade but I finally got laid off when the department I worked in was shut down. I'm looking for a job now and really don't know WHAT i actually want to do or what job I'll end up in next. I just hope I find something soon. I'm not sure another office job would really be the best thing or even the thing i'm best qualified for. I have a B.A. in fine Arts but i don't think I can do much with that, unless I start my own business, and I doubt i could succeed at that. Anyway, it is interesting seeing all teh different professions people on the forum have--thanks for sharing, everybody. I too worry sometimes about my confidentiality--I could probalby be identified pretty easily if anyone who knows me in "real life" read many of my posts....but the only way for me to get support is by sharing in a pretty genuine manner so...also, ii hope that when I share it may be of help to some of those who end up reading my posts...and for taht too, I think it is important to be genuine. Still, sometimes I do wonder if I should be more careful about what i disclose.


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