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Anxiety, depression, and the fear of addiction to pills.

The cure is also the curse. 

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Wolfy-T Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015
This picture is so important to me.
TheAwkwardFangirl Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I'm not addicted, but I have to take pills to function. While I know I need them, and I feel better while on them, it'd be nice to have the ability to live independently, to leave the house without wondering, "Did I take my meds this morning?"
IronJustice Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015
Throw the pills away. They only temporarily hide the real problem. Face your inner demons and become truly free.
Mister-Bragg Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  New member
'The cure is also the curse. ' That's so true...
Great work again!
SakuraBast Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015
Fascinating concept and excellent delivery. I especially like the color contrast
TheAshLad Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
>addiction to pills
mmm. Reminds me of Dr. House
WithBlackStars Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014
magneticecho Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This makes my heart ache. It's too beautiful. Ahhhhh. ;w;
Holi--Day Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014   Digital Artist
OMG! Super!!!
ZombieToofer Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Those are pill bottles, I just realized. Really like the colors and the flowing lines of the hair/tentacles/antlers. Very surreal and otherworldly.

I think you really nailed the feeling here, of anxiety.
duesterheit Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014
Asche-Creedance Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
right now I'm dealing with substance abuse, namely pain pills...this drawing is like a reflection of what's happening inside of me right at this moment...I'm going cold turkey...the withdraw symptoms are excruciating...especially the dark gnawing sensation in my me this image shows how twisted my addiction has become and how though I try so desperately my subconscious is constantly thinking of ways to get my hands on seems so hopeless but I won't give much of your other work shows such unimaginable starry skies that have never existed in nature brought to life by you....its like you are able to see the darkness and the light of freedom and capture both...thanks for all your work~
AlienSkull Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
MisunderstoodFreak Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Student General Artist
and also tentacles. . 
quocorya Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014
Love the familiar word "dread" has with hair. "dreadlocks"
Ripplingwaves Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014
this speaks a million words
tsitra00 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014
Profoundly cathartic.  Great rendition of the intangible.
UnluckyxSe7en Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That's always a fear of mine when I see friends of mine getting prescribed medicines. :(
irishberdie Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Very thought-provoking.
Kvasii Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014
What do you mean exactly? Can you say with absolute conviction that you know what you're talking about, propagating a message like that? You don't get addicted to prescribed medication if the doze is controlled by a doctor, it would make a damn sloppy doctor if they didn't know what they were doing. Thankfully, medicine has improved a lot since the 1950's where this might have been a problem but it's 2014. 

Medicine is usually the first step in self help and I strongly recommend contacting a doctor who's job is to plan all sorts of appropriate steps in getting better. Pills might be one of those steps and boosts you enough to take even more difficult steps, ones that seemed impossible at the time when you took none. 

So people please, you're not weak or in grave danger of addiction for considering taking pills. There's no curse. 
DeanMarshall Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014
The FDA is not on your side, friend. I admire your conviction, and sympathize if this touching piece of art hits close to home
Kvasii Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014
(if this is a legitimate problem in the US then I'm sorry)
Kiakime Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It is, unfortunately.
irishberdie Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
People still get addicted all of the time by their prescribed medications - despite the fact that the doses were controlled by the doctor. People are all made differently, and everyone's biology is different. To ignore this is ignorant.
Kvasii Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014
No people don't get addicted all of the time, that's a pretty bold statement unless you can provide a source? Of course there will always be cases of side effects that hit some people harder than others. But this spreads fear about something that generally isn't there and it's as bad as an anti-vaccine campaign. 
irishberdie Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I used "all of the time" in a generalised, figure-of-speech way - though I have a feeling you are aware of this. Do not twist my words around. It seems we will have to simply disagree, after your anti-vaccine comment made me think that you have your own personalized biased on the subject. From what I have learned, those with strong bias (which seems to be the case here) will defend to the end their views, without even giving pause to another point of view.
Kvasii Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014
Not deliberately twisting your words, I'm sorry if it came out that way but exaggeration is usually something you get called out on if you're discussing numbers. My opinion on the subject (or bias) comes from having to read a lot on all kinds of medicine; its pros and cons and associated fear mongering as well. Which is a pretty serious issue. I know that some medicine have had serious outcomes for some people but stories that induce fear and distrust are usually the stories that sell best. But I guess DA is not the right place to discuss this... yet here I am, i'm a walking irony. 
whispbear Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm not the artist so I can't say for certain, but I feel you can have an addiction to prescribed medication, as well as a fear to becoming addicted to them.

I've been on a few different things (various antidepressants and antipsychotics) and originally had an intense fear of taking any sort of medication because I was worried I'd become addicted. I was also worried about some event occurring where I'd run out or be unable to take the medication and get withdrawal symptoms. I didn't want to feel I was relying on medication to make me 'okay', knowing that something could happen and I would struggle without it.

There was a certain antipsychotic I was on for a few months that I was addicted to (or at least addicted to some aspects of it). It zoned me out a lot, it was very relaxing having my brain so 'peaceful' and slow, and I really loved that feeling. It was actually one of the reasons my psychiatrist had to take me off it, I was becoming too attached those feelings, and it was really hard to say goodbye to that. Even now I fear I'll be placed on another medication and will become addicted to it. It is scary and unless you've experienced it you don't really understand how it feels. Mental illness really isn't fun, especially the medication side of things.
WhiteFireFlies Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Wow, awesome idea. Great work!:clap: 
KassidiKeys Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014   Digital Artist
Hi :)  I've given this piece a Feature over here ->…
BoredomIAU Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the colors in this: even though they're dull on their own, when put together like this, they're stark and interesting.

This piece kind of reminds me of when I had to start taking medicine for my depression -- I was so scared that something would happen, whether it be addiction (since my family has that addiction gene turned way the hell up) or damage to my liver and kidneys to the point of failure (which are already riddled with scar tissue).... I still worry about it some times, despite the fact that it's been years since I started taking medicine and nothing's really gone wrong yet. I'm still afraid, though, because I know that, one of these days, my current pills will stop working, as the others have in the past, and I'll have to go on that painful, body-numbing, mind-killing, heart-pounding search for the right ones again. It's really fucking terrifying, to be honest, which is why I try not to think about it too much.

Yeah, I'd say this picture is pretty accurate in its representation of emotions. :icongoodjobplz:
Helenarelativity Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Student General Artist
This is amazing
kiokosakura Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014
very nice!
Schnuckalll Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
SecretTalisman Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014
This is a pretty scary concept I'm in no way familiar with, but I do have to say I do like the inspiration behind it. The horns, the pills, the smoke/hair, the grappling/ever-tightening tentacles symbolize these theme really well! Good job :)
Hirasu Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist
Wow just wow♥
miss-ficelle Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014
Splendide !!!! Magnifique ! I love a lot !
goldchocobo Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing work, i love so much the details in this work.
ikzan Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome you are so awesome!!!!!!!!I am a dummy! I am a dummy! I am a dummy! 
Grendelkin Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014
... WOW! The art quality is amazing, and it evokes so much (creepy) feeling. Well done!
BlondeBabe96 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Student Artist
The coloring is amazing! It makes the bottles pop out to be seen better.
Kirschpraline Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Hobbyist
Amazing work, nicely done and great coloring!
DansLaneko Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your art!!
TheArtOfSanhueza Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Has similarities to Camilla d'Errico's style. Love it! :) 
cristi-constantin Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
As you are well aware of this already ... this drawing is amazing ...
The colors and shapes and everything. Whoa.
nman489 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014
I'd just like to take a moment and commend you for all your work, you tackle the issues that no one likes talking about, and you do it with such grace and beauty, you are definitely one of the best artists I've ever had the pleasure of following.

Thank you.
ameye Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist



IT'S realy pretty!!!
silverwing47 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I know the title says it but got to admit, its beautiful.
K12E Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014
Gorgeous work.
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