In many cases (if not all cases), it takes a drug addict to know a drug addict, or, in this case, tell a story about some. For James Fogle, a career criminal who was into hardcore drugs, his journey to stardom started with an infamous novel called Drugstore Cowboy, which was left unpublished until the movie of the same name was released in 1989. Finally, in 1990, the book was released to the public after Fogle was finally released from prison. Today, we will be taking a closer look at the award-winning film Drugstore Cowboy and its streetwise addiction stories.

Just Your Average Family of Addicts

The Streetwise Addiction of Drugstore Cowboy

Set in the year 1971, Drugstore Cowboy starts off with an unusual pack of characters, a family of drug addicts who is conducting a drug-robbing spree across the Pacific Northwest. Finally, after stealing drugs from a pharmacy in Portland, Oregon, the family is approached by David, another addict who is desperately trying to get his hands on Dilaudid, a dangerous opioid, and the chaos spins out of control in no time flat. What follows is a trail of mayhem and pain that is nothing short of catastrophic.

Walking in Their Shoes

In essence, Drugstore Cowboy takes us to the wrong side of the tracks and tosses us right into the clash between drug addicts and policemen. We the viewers also get a gritty presentation of attempts to overcome addiction and subsequent relapses, something that was also touched upon in the 1996 film Trainspotting. What makes Drugstore Cowboy uniquely informative, however, is the fact that this addiction takes root among family members, showing how this sickness not only runs in the family but can simultaneously destroy them.

Seeking Treatment for Drug Addiction or Alcoholism   

Alcoholism and drug addiction are dangerous sicknesses that should never be taken lightly. All it takes to fall off the wagon and become sick is to take that first sniff, snort, injection, or shot before you are rolling downhill into insanity. Still, you can always push the train back up, but it will be a difficult hike. However, with the right mixture of perseverance and determination, you can easily get back on track and be happy once more.

Are you suffering from a severe case of alcoholism or drug addiction? Do you have a friend or a loved one who is coping with the same illness? In both cases, get in touch us at with Asana Recovery today. Our professional team of counselors and healthcare experts will help you endure the painful process of drug withdrawal and detox and guide you along the rocky road of rehabilitation. Soon enough, you will experience a faster and much more efficient recovery.

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