Comments: 252 • Responses: 86 • Date: 2013-04-25 18:37:44 UTCsource
Outlawxxheart26 karma2013-04-25 19:41:24 UTC
Good for you for overcoming addiction and getting yourself clean. It's amazing what you are doing, you are helping to save a lot of lives. Keep up the good work.. The world needs more people like you :)
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kingdingaling6951 karma2013-04-25 19:44:43 UTC
thank you. I will breed as much as I can in a few more years.
omegatheory14 karma2013-04-25 18:48:38 UTC
Thanks for your service and congrats on your recovery.
How often do you think about relapsing? (Sorry if that's a no-no question for recovering addicts.)
kingdingaling6945 karma2013-04-25 19:06:45 UTC
really not often at all. I help alot of people who are currently using. I drive people to detox all the time. When you see someone who is currently having their life controlled by drugs and is a miserable, miserable person it's opens your eyes a little bit and helps keep me sober.
yunith13 karma2013-04-25 20:39:36 UTC
did you ever steal as a meth addict? and if you did, how did you repair those relationships? was it hard for people to forgive u, despite your mental state at the time?
kingdingaling6922 karma2013-04-25 20:46:20 UTC
Yes, some people will never speak to me again.
yunith13 karma2013-04-25 20:43:29 UTC
i think i skimmed here somewhere that you used from 17 until 30s? wow. thats a long time for meth use. what happened to your teeth though?
kingdingaling6918 karma2013-04-25 20:56:46 UTC
I have great teeth. I still went to the dentist. I would brush and floss a lot.
dontuforgetaboutme2311 karma2013-04-25 18:59:24 UTC
kingdingaling6925 karma2013-04-25 19:02:12 UTC
it does both, it's the best sex ever on it. Never use it.
kevie3drinks15 karma2013-04-25 19:29:45 UTC
This reminds me of Tim Meadows from the movie Walk Hard.
kingdingaling6911 karma2013-04-25 19:39:21 UTC
i don't know how i feel about that
dontuforgetaboutme236 karma2013-04-25 19:11:17 UTC
kingdingaling6922 karma2013-04-25 19:36:11 UTC
nothing at all. I smoke like chimney and am trying to quit but that shit is harder than stopping meth
billpullman11 karma2013-04-25 18:40:56 UTC
kingdingaling6921 karma2013-04-25 18:43:56 UTC
I was just had enough. I was done. You can only go through all that shit for so long before you just say fuck that.
quarkdown3 karma2013-04-25 19:04:16 UTC
Sort of as a follow-up question (please let me know if it's unclear): Do you think that this is something that addicts just have to realize on their own, or if a certain combination of external influences can force them to realize this?
kingdingaling6914 karma2013-04-25 19:12:46 UTC
both. It's always up to the addict to go get help, but people that are involved in his/her life should never lose hope. Always let them know that you are there to help them if they want it.
ChillenAtHome10 karma2013-04-25 19:40:49 UTC
What is going on in your during picture?
kingdingaling6916 karma2013-04-25 19:43:18 UTC
I was up for days doing meth in a meth physios, I had boarded myself in the house, convinced my brother (who was sober) that people were coming in to kill us. After eating the rest of my drugs (all meth) I came to the conclusion that the people were actually upstairs in the attic and about to come down to kill us. The cops were called by my neighbors and they came in and arrested me, but once noticing I was completely out of my mind they brought me to the hospital.
illadilla4 karma2013-04-25 21:18:37 UTC
Who took that photo? I bet its a powerful image for you to look at.
kingdingaling695 karma2013-04-25 21:20:45 UTC
My friend Jimmy. I couldn't look at it for years.
illadilla5 karma2013-04-25 21:24:06 UTC
Was he taking photos to help you realize what point you got to at that point your life?
kingdingaling697 karma2013-04-25 21:31:37 UTC
snarkinfestedwaters2 karma2013-04-25 21:13:18 UTC
Those look like NOPD cops, did this happen in New Orleans?
kingdingaling696 karma2013-04-25 21:15:18 UTC
snarkinfestedwaters4 karma2013-04-25 21:33:20 UTC
I used to live there so I'm impressed that they brought you to a hospital when they realized you weren't right in the head. I love New Orleans but the lack of education about addiction and drug induced psychosis as well as resources for those affected was shocking for a girl (me) that grew up in the social services mecca that is Seattle. Oh and congratulations on your sobriety! I know how hard it is to loosen the grip of that drug, next month I will be 13 years clean from it.
kingdingaling695 karma2013-04-25 21:41:14 UTC
kingdingaling695 karma2013-04-25 22:03:00 UTC
Congrats on 13 years.
ilivetobehated10 karma2013-04-25 18:51:02 UTC
haha you do look like Jim Morrison! :) congrats i am glad you're sober
kingdingaling6925 karma2013-04-25 19:05:42 UTC
thank you. Long live the lizard king
SinatraFan771 karma2013-04-26 00:31:09 UTC
Do you think he is actually dead, or hiding out in solitude?
Or.... Are you Jim Morrison?
kingdingaling691 karma2013-04-26 01:59:50 UTC
I can niether confirm or deny.
JayPetey9 karma2013-04-25 18:51:40 UTC
When people talk about meth and heroin, it's like talking about bathsalts. You see the pictures of people on it, you hear the stories, and I feel like most drug users I know would never even think of trying it. There's a huge stigma against it because it's so easy to get addicted to and it's a mess once you're hooked.
But obviously people still find themselves at a moment in their life where they decide, yes, I would like to try heroin or I would like to try meth. So I suppose my question is where did that decision come from?
kingdingaling6919 karma2013-04-25 19:05:23 UTC
my first drug was ecstasy, so i decided kinda go big or go home. Hello meth.
FBI_Agent_Fred6 karma2013-04-25 22:20:31 UTC
What made you decide to go from ecstacy to meth?
kingdingaling696 karma2013-04-25 22:51:32 UTC
I liked trying new things, it was fun at that time.
onyth238 karma2013-04-25 21:44:13 UTC
do you like the show breaking bad? :P
kingdingaling6920 karma2013-04-25 21:53:59 UTC
LOVE IT! but I haven't been up to date with it because it's kind of hard for me to watch. It hits really close to home.
erinmichele8196 karma2013-04-25 18:54:43 UTC
Congrats on the recovery and helping others.
You are quite a handsome fella!
kingdingaling6920 karma2013-04-25 19:03:22 UTC
erinmichele8197 karma2013-04-25 19:17:43 UTC
I can't have been the first person to say your chubby cheeks are killer!
kingdingaling6912 karma2013-04-25 19:37:22 UTC
so now you're calling me fat?
erinmichele8194 karma2013-04-25 21:15:14 UTC
Haha! What if I said I loved fluffy guys?!
kingdingaling696 karma2013-04-25 21:22:04 UTC
erinmichele8191 karma2013-04-25 21:15:47 UTC
Maybe it is the Italian in me, but I totally want to squeeze them!
kingdingaling695 karma2013-04-25 21:23:48 UTC
xxmiss82xx6 karma2013-04-25 18:54:24 UTC
What would you say led you to take meth?
kingdingaling6912 karma2013-04-25 19:03:51 UTC
i was in the rave scene and loved the lifestyle and just spun out of control really fast
Balthanos4 karma2013-04-25 19:02:33 UTC
Is meth a big problem in the armed forces?
kingdingaling694 karma2013-04-25 21:43:04 UTC
ehh not really
Kelkymcdouble3 karma2013-04-25 21:59:17 UTC
Can a crazy, arm flailing, tweeker who talks to him/herself fully recover mentally? Serious question, I live in nor cal and see the results of meth abuse all the time
kingdingaling692 karma2013-04-25 22:04:34 UTC
Lol yes they can. I was like that.
Kelkymcdouble1 karma2013-04-25 22:09:12 UTC
One more, is smoking pot a trigger for you?? What have you replaced meth with?
kingdingaling695 karma2013-04-25 22:13:03 UTC
I have been drug and alcohol free since April 1,2011.
refjep13 karma2013-04-25 19:36:21 UTC
What caused you to start using meth in the first place?
kingdingaling698 karma2013-04-25 19:40:56 UTC
I loved drugs. Why not try the "worlds most dangerous drug"?
brndnlltt3 karma2013-04-25 19:44:26 UTC
First of all, congratulations on your recovery!
I have a few friends who are in the early stages of a meth addiction, do you have any advice in regards to how I can help them?
kingdingaling695 karma2013-04-25 19:46:15 UTC
They need to feel a lot of pain first. A lot of people, especially when it comes to meth don't stop until they bottom out. All you can do is be there as a support for them and let them know that whenever they are ready you can get them help.
sjacob162 karma2013-04-25 21:18:33 UTC
someone very close to me struggles with addiction. This person has been through rehab, a school that specializes in kids with behavioral and addiction problems, a full year of sobriety only to return and start using again. Everyone tells me this person need to work the 12 step program, work the program, but what if this person doesn't want to work the program? How do you get someone interested in helping themselves?
kingdingaling697 karma2013-04-25 21:23:14 UTC
12 steps saved my life. They have to want the help. Let them hit their bottom.
sjacob163 karma2013-04-25 21:29:07 UTC
"Let them hit their bottom"
that is the answer i knew was coming, but feared the most.
Thanks for taking the time to do this AMA and thank you for over coming your addiction to turn your life around and help people in the same position. I've seen what addiction can do to people and families and its never good. Being someone who doesn't have an addictive personality, i never understood addiction until someone close to me was plagued by it.
kingdingaling694 karma2013-04-25 21:34:48 UTC
It drove my dad nuts trying to understand it.
Harjyot2 karma2013-04-25 21:11:45 UTC
What was a meth high like? What do you see? Tell me about it.
kingdingaling693 karma2013-04-25 21:17:57 UTC
Like you're sky diving.
LokiCode2 karma2013-04-25 22:04:52 UTC
What was your ROA?
kingdingaling692 karma2013-04-25 22:19:56 UTC
Tinkleheimer2 karma2013-04-25 19:44:53 UTC
How much did you spend on meth daily? How much did a hit cost and how many hits would you use?
kingdingaling691 karma2013-04-25 19:51:45 UTC
I don't know the actual amount I spent. I was selling it so I just did whatever I wanted whenever. I probably got up to 2-3 grams a day.
rottie_Boston_daddy1 karma2013-04-25 21:17:32 UTC
2-3 grams a day, holy crap. What was your preferred delivery method?
kingdingaling691 karma2013-04-25 21:21:39 UTC
needle, snort, smoke and eat it.
rottie_Boston_daddy2 karma2013-04-25 21:33:58 UTC
holy crap dude, I'm glad you survived your adventure and are still here to help others, cheers!
kingdingaling692 karma2013-04-25 22:02:22 UTC
Shakey_J_Fox2 karma2013-04-25 18:59:39 UTC
Did you have the meth problem or other drug addictions while serving? Did you get kicked out for it?
kingdingaling698 karma2013-04-25 19:01:47 UTC
i was using meth only about once a month when I was in the force. I never got caught. Actually had a honorable discharge
montgomery2251 karma2013-04-25 21:31:32 UTC
The way the military handles drug testing i'm not surprised. National Guard/Reserve units only serve one weekend a month... so it's not a mystery as to when there is going to be a urinalysis.
kingdingaling693 karma2013-04-25 21:35:40 UTC
I was very lucky I never got caught.
87jake772 karma2013-04-25 21:26:58 UTC
What's the most meth you ever did in one sitting.
kingdingaling696 karma2013-04-25 21:30:37 UTC
I snorted a line that weighed out to 2 1/2 grams.
87jake773 karma2013-04-25 21:42:12 UTC
And then what did u do?
kingdingaling694 karma2013-04-25 22:01:54 UTC
I went swimming , later a strip club , had sex ( really awesome sex) and I did more meth.
87jake772 karma2013-04-25 22:12:58 UTC
On a scale of 1 to over 9000, how good was the sex?
kingdingaling694 karma2013-04-25 22:20:59 UTC
87jake771 karma2013-04-25 22:25:58 UTC
Is regular sex not as interesting now that your clean?
kingdingaling692 karma2013-04-25 22:35:12 UTC
It's not like it was.
jswolfie3162 karma2013-04-25 21:26:14 UTC
When was it that you realized it was time to clean yourself up? Congrats by the way, my Dad was in the AF for 25+ years
kingdingaling695 karma2013-04-25 21:31:23 UTC
When I was living in my moms garage with zero friends.
Scoonz1 karma2013-04-25 20:33:10 UTC
What are some permanent effects you have because of it?
kingdingaling695 karma2013-04-25 20:52:18 UTC
I can't stop twitching some times.lol My friends find it funny and annoying.
gutterandstars1 karma2013-04-25 19:54:44 UTC
How much did your personal relationships suffer and did you manage to retain any?
kingdingaling697 karma2013-04-25 20:40:14 UTC
There are people I still love truley love that will never speak to me again.
yunith1 karma2013-04-25 20:42:20 UTC
never? have u tried to approach them? this makes me sad.
kingdingaling6912 karma2013-04-25 20:45:19 UTC
I tried a lot! It just pisses them off even more. So my amends to them is to leave them alone.
gutterandstars1 karma2013-04-25 21:44:56 UTC
Perhaps they'll come around with time. Good for ye for cleaning up yr act! G'luck w/ everything.
kingdingaling692 karma2013-04-25 21:51:28 UTC
Lucky_Bastard631 karma2013-04-25 21:18:41 UTC
Thanks for doing this. My little sister (she is 30 I am 31) is currently locked up for a theft charge because she was stealing to supply her meth habbit. She did 18 months in jail about 6 years ago and started using again about 2 years ago. She has a 4 yr old daughter that our parents now watch and has burned about every bridge with every family member she possibly can.
She is a very smart woman, and has taken this path in life and it kills my family. What or how can we get through to her or help her? I know she has to want to change and fix herself but is there a trigger we can use to help wake her up?
Congrats on getting clean and doing the right thing.
kingdingaling691 karma2013-04-25 21:27:55 UTC
Just don't enable her and offer help if she wants it.
Lucky_Bastard631 karma2013-04-25 21:41:57 UTC
She has more charges coming her way so she will be locked up for the next few years. After that I hope she keeps straight.
kingdingaling691 karma2013-04-25 21:56:46 UTC
She should go to meetings , get a sponsor, work 12 steps and help others.
it_is_abomination1 karma2013-04-25 18:48:18 UTC
What was your AFSC? Do you feel it was a factor in your future drug use?
(kudos for kicking, btw)
kingdingaling694 karma2013-04-25 19:08:26 UTC
My job was aircraft structural maintenance, I honestly have no idea what my code was. My memory isn't that great.
MickCollins1 karma2013-04-25 19:38:49 UTC
My fiancee's former brother in-law was a good guy who turned to meth himself - it was given to him at work and things went downhill from there... what made you try it?
kingdingaling691 karma2013-04-25 19:40:34 UTC
XenonDown1 karma2013-04-25 21:40:48 UTC
Have you come to any conclusions as of why you started?
Do you feel that people are viewing and /or treating you differently now that you are sober?
How do you think that people should approach an addict (ie tough love and such)?
Awesome of you!
kingdingaling691 karma2013-04-25 21:57:54 UTC
Have another addict that's recovered talk to them.
DavidOfBrooklyn1 karma2013-04-25 21:56:51 UTC
What is your stance on drug legalization and do you believe marijuana is a gateway to harder drugs?
kingdingaling693 karma2013-04-25 22:06:28 UTC
No , I think weed should be legal. Not everyone is an addict. 1 in 7 are.
naptown20121 karma2013-04-25 21:04:32 UTC
Thanks for posting. A couple questions:
1. Is Catherine available?
2. Do you have any larger photos of her?
kingdingaling692 karma2013-04-25 21:37:37 UTC
Her boyfriend is John and they live together, but I can put in a good word for you.
NakedJuices1 karma2013-04-26 00:28:06 UTC
does this girl remind you of yourself? https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=xQ4hfTA39Yo
kingdingaling692 karma2013-04-26 02:08:24 UTC
SomebodyLostAnEye1 karma2013-04-26 00:10:39 UTC
kingdingaling691 karma2013-04-26 02:11:06 UTC
I work for a rehab, getting people in.
Dominant71 karma2013-04-26 00:34:14 UTC
As someone who has seen the dark side of drug use, and is now helping others to overcome their addictions, what are your thoughts on medicinal, and recreational marijuana? As always everything in moderation, but I'd be interested to get your opinion on recreational usage.
kingdingaling691 karma2013-04-26 01:58:49 UTC
Only 1 out of 7 people are said to be addicts. I got high with people who could just use for a night then show up for work on monday... not me. I also think pot should be legal. I just can't smoke it.
rottie_Boston_daddy1 karma2013-04-25 21:13:11 UTC
Have you ever seen the movie "The Salton Sea"? How realistic is its portrayal of the meth culture?
kingdingaling692 karma2013-04-25 21:15:36 UTC
Very and yes
tylerislegend1 karma2013-04-25 22:19:17 UTC
How long have you been sober now? AA or NA mostly?
kingdingaling691 karma2013-04-25 22:22:44 UTC
A.A clean date 4-1-11
tylerislegend1 karma2013-04-27 02:45:40 UTC
Fuck yeah dude congrats. mine's 11-2-06 . You ever do any conferences?
kingdingaling691 karma2013-04-29 15:52:26 UTC
I haven't been asked to yet but I speak at a lot of meetings.
mori2481 karma2013-04-25 22:08:13 UTC
You watch Breaking Bad?
kingdingaling691 karma2013-04-25 22:13:47 UTC
CalebOnRye1 karma2013-04-25 19:25:54 UTC
I still think Pam killed you in France!!!! Did she?
kingdingaling691 karma2013-04-25 19:39:09 UTC
like a whore
CalebOnRye0 karma2013-04-25 19:45:48 UTC
I'm glad your doing much better and I'm putting on LA Woman to listen to now
kingdingaling692 karma2013-04-25 19:50:38 UTC
roadhouse blues live version is probably my favorite
mdiddyoien1 karma2013-04-26 00:07:15 UTC
Hey there! Fellow recovering addict myself. What an amazing life we get to live. Never Did I Think I would be following my dreams. Now for the questions. Do you attend 12 step meetings to maintain sobriety? If not what keeps you going?
kingdingaling691 karma2013-04-26 02:12:38 UTC
I'm very active in A.A I help many guys thru the 12 steps.
borgdronepimp1 karma2013-04-26 00:47:53 UTC
If you used from the age of 17 to 30 doesn't that mean you were using while you were in the Air Force? How did you get away with that given the drug testing?
kingdingaling691 karma2013-04-26 01:49:00 UTC
kingdingaling691 karma2013-04-26 01:49:54 UTC
And I lot of freaking out when it was time to take a drug test.
Intolight1 karma2013-04-25 23:38:38 UTC
Did you eat 10lbs of chocolate everyday after you quit? I sure as hell did.
kingdingaling691 karma2013-04-26 02:17:32 UTC
It was starburst flavreds
mindyf1 karma2013-04-25 23:38:43 UTC
Did you do any other drugs besides meth? My 18 yr old daughter is on a downward spiral--she does pills, cocaine, pot--is meth next? I'm terrified for her, but she doesn't want help...yet. She steals from Wal Mart and often gets caught to supply her habit. What can a parent do to help without enabling her?
kingdingaling691 karma2013-04-26 02:16:54 UTC
Oh Yeah, You can go to Al-Anon meetings to find out what to do.
Inkedkitten1 karma2013-04-26 00:08:22 UTC
As a recovering opiate addict I love stories about someone able to fight through the cravings and pain that goes along with kicking the habit. Detox is awful from opiates and I am sure they are from meth as well. Congrats! And don't give into that shit "relapse is part of recovery". It does not ever have to be!!!
kingdingaling692 karma2013-04-26 02:11:39 UTC
Markanaya1 karma2013-04-26 00:24:00 UTC
Can you explain what your health was like while trying to quit? My father was addicted to meth for a little over 15 years, and he was unable to get out of bed for at least three days (after sleeping for almost a solid 3 days), and then could barely even move without help.
Also, congratulations on getting sober.
kingdingaling692 karma2013-04-26 02:10:29 UTC
Same here. I would sleep for dayings.
AHIGHMONKEY641 karma2013-04-26 00:24:06 UTC
Did you ever have bees in your teeth?
kingdingaling691 karma2013-04-26 02:09:39 UTC
FleshField1 karma2013-04-26 00:24:41 UTC
The first moment you realized you were addicted?
kingdingaling691 karma2013-04-26 02:09:25 UTC
When I said to myself while I was high" Why can't I feel like this all the time".
A7MO0 karma2013-04-25 19:03:08 UTC
Does meth taste like chicken?
kingdingaling6913 karma2013-04-25 19:11:46 UTC
tastes like a 9 volt battery
Tokugawa-1 karma2013-04-25 18:57:15 UTC
How badly do you want to do meth right now?
kingdingaling697 karma2013-04-25 19:03:12 UTC
if there were no consequences at all and my life stayed exactly the same I would do it in a heartbeat it feels great. But sadly thats not the case, when i use meth I lose everything, everything i've worked so hard to earn over the past 2 years.
Tokugawa5 karma2013-04-25 19:14:05 UTC
So, like a 4/10?
kingdingaling695 karma2013-04-25 19:36:46 UTC
1/10. the though comes here and there but it's gone as soon as it came. It's not worth it.
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kingdingaling693 karma2013-04-25 19:38:57 UTC
i like my if's. it keeps it real. I need to know im not invincible
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kingdingaling696 karma2013-04-25 19:53:51 UTC
I used drugs because I loved them. They felt great that why I did them everyday. But obviously if there were no consequences I would do it. I would eat 100lbs of bacon if I didn't get full and get really fat. I stopped because I didn't like where my life had gone, it was terrible. Anyone in sobriety is a liar and needs to fall off their high horse if they say they wouldn't use or drink again if nothing bad would come from it.
kevie3drinks-1 karma2013-04-25 19:22:24 UTC
Do you still have that amazing hat from the arrest photo?
Edit: BTW, thanks for all the Karma I scored from your pics yesterday, I think I will trade it in for an Angry birds plush, or maybe a deck of flinstones playing cards.
kingdingaling693 karma2013-04-25 19:40:01 UTC
I wish I did. I have no idea where that thing is. And I have no idea what you're talking about in the 2nd part.
kevie3drinks2 karma2013-04-25 19:42:47 UTC
it seems it's always the best hats that we can't hold on to.
kingdingaling694 karma2013-04-25 19:44:03 UTC
It was my Dad's hat. As ironic as it is he was a narcotics agent. I thought i was being cute wearing that.
kevie3drinks2 karma2013-04-25 19:46:43 UTC
ahh, a disguise.
kingdingaling695 karma2013-04-25 19:50:16 UTC
I never thought they would notice
Crustis-3 karma2013-04-25 22:07:51 UTC
sobriety is overrated. Then again all I ever do is smoke weed
kingdingaling694 karma2013-04-25 22:17:23 UTC
It's my choice to be in sobriety , I love it. If I could smoke weed like a normal person trust me I would, but I can't. I would be shooting meth and heroin in a month.
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