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Adam Fout

I'm an addiction / recovery / mental health blogger and a speculative fiction / nonfiction writer. I have a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Professional and Technical Communication. I'm a graduate of the 2020 Odyssey Writing Workshop. I'm a regular contributor to Recovery Today Magazine, and I've been featured on numerous recovery podcasts. I have personal experience with addiction and mental health. I have Substance Use Disorder (SUB), Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Major Depressive Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED), and Binge Eating Disorder (BED), among others. I have been in numerous drug rehabs, detoxes, and mental institutions, so I understand from personal experience how the mental health system works. I have been published in numerous literary magazines, including December, J Journal, and Flash Fiction Online, among others. I LOVE when readers reach out to me! Always feel free to send me an email at awfout at gmail dot com. I can't wait to hear from you!

My Flash Fiction Story of 1000 Words “Breathe” Was Published Today

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My flash fiction story of 1000 words “Breathe” was published today. “Breathe” is one of those stories that just poured out of me. I sent it to dozens of magazines before Flash Fiction Online picked it up. I loved this story and wanted it to succeed so bad, and I’m honored that it was published and made available for the world to see. It’s a… 

Pristiq Withdrawal | Symptoms, My Experience, and How to Manage It

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Pristiq withdrawal, like withdrawal from many other antidepressants, can be a bitch. However, because Pristiq isn’t an addictive drug, it’s not quite called withdrawal — it’s actually called antidepressant discontinuation syndrome. Thankfully, it only appears in about 20% of people, so if you’re taking Pristiq, you shouldn’t be as worried about it as you might be. Pristiq, also known as desvenlafaxine, is an antidepressant that… 

Is Ambien Addictive? Definitely | I Was Snorting Ambien

Is Ambien addictive? My experience is that it is — I even started snorting Ambien. Ambien is habit forming as far as I can tell. I’ve abused Ambien many times and had a prescription for it. Ambien, also known as Zolpidem, is addictive in that you can find yourself abusing it to get high. Now is Ambien physically addictive? The doctors say yes, and my… 

Addiction Recovery | Is It Possible to Recover From Addiction?

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Is addiction recovery possible? Can you truly recover from addiction? The answer is yes — you can recover. What Addiction Recovery Means in Practice Addiction is when we can’t put down the drink or drug, whatever it happens to be. It doesn’t always mean that we’re shooting heroin under a bridge or drinking out of a brown paper bag. Addicts come in all shapes and… 

AA Big Book Online | The First 164 Pages of Alcoholics Anonymous

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Chapter 1 BILL’S STORY (The AA Big Book Online) War fever ran high in the New England town to which we new, young officers from Plattsburg were assigned, and we were flattered when the first citizens took us to their homes, making us feel heroic. Here was love, applause, war; moments sub- lime with intervals hilarious. I was part of life at last, and in… 

Addict Behavior | 31 Signs You’re Dealing With an Addict or Alcoholic

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Addict behavior is wide-ranging and can be different for every addict, especially for different types of addictions. Here are a few addict behaviors that can be clear signs of addiction as you regularly see many of them at once: Using drugs or alcohol to solve problems Using drugs or alcohol regularly and excessively (like smoking weed all day long) Physical signs of depressant use (when… 

AA Sponsor | What a Sponsor Is and Why You Need One

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An AA sponsor is someone who takes you through the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. Ideally, they follow the steps as outlined in the Big Book. Here’s what an AA sponsor does, why you need one, and what to stay on guard for. What an AA Sponsor Does While a sponsor’s primary job is to take you through the 12 steps, there are other things… 

Relationship With Anxiety | How to Be With Anxious People

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I suffer from generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and when people ask me how to be in a relationship with anxiety — that is, how to be in a relationship with someone who has anxiety disorders — the first thing I think about is this: Patience. Being in a Relationship With Anxiety Requires Patience The hardest thing for me to… 

Is Xanax an Opioid? No | The Difference Between Benzos and Opiates

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Is Xanax an opioid? The short answer is no — Xanax is not an opioid; Xanax / Alprazolam is a benzodiazepine. What’s the difference? Benzodiazepines (Like Xanax) vs. Opioids Benzos and opioids / opiates are two very different classes of drugs that affect your mind and body in different ways. What Benzodiazepines Are Like Benzodiazepines (benzos) are a class of drugs that include Xanax, Valium,…