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 gut...to 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 more...it seems so hopeless but I won't give up...so much of your other work shows such unimaginable beauty...like 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~
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
I don't think a lot of people understand this piece. As someone who struggles with a bottle load of mental illnesses, the vibe I get from this piece is fear. The fear of being heavily dependent on your medication that you cannot do anything without them, and then what happens when they stop working as was the case many times for me. As of right now I'm on the highest dose of anti depressants I can take and they upped it so much within a year span that it scares me shitless when I think that it will stop working again. It is a double edged sword in the sense that what is supposed to help you could also be your downfall and without it your a dysfunctional mess of nothing.