Someone Like Me a Memoir: The American Opioid Epidemic and Mental Illness (Sweet Melissa #7)
In book #7, I am not only going to tell you about my life after prison, but I am going to try to explain why I made the initial transaction to prostitution, drug addiction, and crime with so little (if any at all) resistance. At first, I was going to re-write Book #1, but I decided that I would take my story to a different level. I want to help and educate others so they won’t make the same mistakes and lifestyle choices that I did. Mental illness is a big factor here, and as crazy (no pun intended) as this may sound, I had absolutely no idea that there was something wrong with me mentally. Sure, I knew I was an addict (but until recently) I didn’t know why I so easily allowed myself to get sucked into a world that I was taught to avoid and that I knew was wrong. I have finally been able to put the pieces of my puzzle together after my diagnosis, and things are starting to make sense. Bipolar Disorder and ADHD (as well as many other mental illnesses, such as PTSD) have a big connection with addiction. I believe that if a proper diagnosis is made early in a child’s life that he/she will (more than likely) avoid making poor choices and, also have a better chance of not becoming addicted to an illegal narcotic. I also believe that addiction is a disease (of course, I’m not a doctor) but I think an addicts brain is wired a bit different than the so-called “normal” or typical one. I’m sure there are plenty of people who will argue this point (but for me personally) I genuinely believe, that had I gotten the proper treatment at an early age, I would not have lived my life the way I did. I wouldn’t have been so reckless and disregardful of not only myself but to everyone around me.