Prescription Addiction - Mistakes We Make (Addiction)

A sinister addiction has been ripping it’s way through North America since the early 1990’s and it’s getting worse every year. Dubbed the ‘Opioid Epidemic’ by the mainstream media, overdoses from opioid drugs have claimed over 64,000 lives in 2016 alone.

That’s 64,000 siblings, children, parents and loved ones. For comparison, overdoses accounted for at least 16,000 deaths in 2010 and over 4,000 in 1999; the seriousness of this tragedy cannot be overstated.

 Image Courtesy of HHS.Gov

Image Courtesy of HHS.Gov

How Did This Happen?

While this is a very complicated issue with many different facets, what is known is that during the 1990’s the pharmaceutical companies claimed that prescription opioid pain relievers were not addictive and encouraged doctors to prescribe these medications for pain relief.

Like cigarette companies in the 1930’s who claimed smoking was actually good for your health; these pharmaceutical companies were dead wrong. And just like the cigarette companies - being wrong hasn’t stopped them from profiting immensely from this escalating crisis.

The truth is, these drugs are highly addictive because of the euphoric high they provide. Over time, a user has to take more and more to achieve the same effects and in the process their brain becomes physically dependent on the substance.

Once they become addicted and are unable to get enough from their doctors and pharmacies many turn to street drugs like heroin - OR - Increase their dosage and die from accidental respiratory failure.

Stigma

The sad unfortunate truth about the situation is that society looks at these individuals as criminals instead of the victims that they are.

Addiction is a disease of the brain and we need to start looking at it for what it is - If we have any hope of fixing this problem before losing countless more loved ones, countless additional members of our communities will struggle in silence.

You can be addicted to more than just drugs or a bottle of alcohol, so please stop shaming those who are afflicted by it.

If you or someone you know is affected by any type of addiction, please encourage them to get help.

We need to stop judging each other so harshly because that’s exactly what keeps so many from reaching out for the help they desperately need.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has a free, confidential hotline that can be called at any time at 1-800-662-4357. You can also visit their official website to find nearby treatment services.

‘Prescription Addiction’

Now with the stage set, Discovery of an Afterlife would like to announce the release of our latest single “Prescription Addiction” off our upcoming EP “Mistakes We Make.”

This song is about the struggles of various prescribed addiction’s and the disgusting profits pharmaceutical companies have made on the backs of the poor and vulnerable.

Furthermore, it’s about how pill-happy the medical industry has become. We all want a quick fix now to our ailments, our depression, our weight problems, our chronic pain and pharmaceutical companies are more than happy to give it to us for a price.

These issues stem from the very base of our society’s foundation and there is a deeper problem lurking underneath this opioid crisis. Our institutions are fundamentally broken and we’re not sure that anything short of a revolution is going to save us. Medication can’t fix everything and it certainly can’t fix how isolated we’re becoming as a society.

We believe that coming together as a community to support each other is what will overcome this growing feeling of isolation. We are social creatures after all and whether we want to admit it or not; we crave connection.

It may sound idealistic, but if everyone had a community that loved and cared for them, and they truly felt that love; they wouldn’t have a reason to turn to these addictions in the first place.

An Arbitrary War on Drugs

It baffles us that substances like alcohol and cigarettes which claim millions of lives every year are treated as “recreational fun”… yet cannabis, a plant that has resulted in exactly 0 fatalities EVER and has been proven to provide positive medical benefits, is treated as a schedule 1 drug by the DEA.

Now that the establishment is finding profits in the marijuana industry, it’s only a matter of time before this is changed, which is encouraging, but it will never change how many people, especially people of color, that have been locked behind bars over a plant.

This fundamental hypocrisy is what “Prescription Addiction” is about. We’re all very proud to finally be able to release this song and we sincerely hope you enjoy it.

Prescription Addiction is now available on itunes, spotify, amazon, youtube, and all other major music streaming services!

Come on!

This establishment is terrified of everything

Anything that might make you

Open up and see that there is more than just one way

To live a life, to make a move


I dare you to take a stand they say

I dare you to resist abuse

For review perception makes up all reality

And their religion is the profit school


It’s no secret, there’s no future

Vices come in more shapes than a bottle of alcohol

It won’t heal if, there’s no sutures

You can be addicted to the scent of an afterthought

Some people live above the law

And some people can’t afford to ever get caught

So why try at all when you already know you’ve lost?


She only wants the things she knows she cannot have

She says it tastes the best when someone says you can’t

I try to do the right thing I try to if I can

But more and more I’m finding

That’s hard to understand


Every piece of me

Is screaming for relief

I’d give it all

To make it stop

It turns out

That everything they ever told

Was just another lie to control

I might come back someday

But for now I just want to waste away


Just like that, abandoned and locked away

Without a thought labeled a menace to society

Looked at like she’s some creature

Ripped straight from jeepers creepers


She feels this pressure all the time

The pain is always on her mind


Her dealer wears a white coat

And always has the perfect dose

He doesn’t make house calls

Business hours on the wall


This endless war has got to stop

We’re only fighting the symptoms

There has to be a deeper cause

For all this self medication


I reach in, an attempt to find myself again

It’s then I know I am never coming back from this

Resist temptation

Here comes the tidal wave


Look down your nose and cast your shame

but you’ve got your own sick habits

Your addiction’s written on your grave

Your time spent throwing stones at glasses

You know you’ll always be this way

Exposing faults in others just to cover up your pain


Every piece of me

Is screaming for relief

I’d give it all

To make it stop

It turns out

That everything they ever told

Was just another lie to control

I might come back someday

But for now I just want to waste away


If I could find a way to turn back time

(To turn back time)

I’d fix it all I’d lead the perfect life

(The perfect life)

But these mistakes we make they do define

(They do define)

The line we draw between what’s wrong and right

What’s wrong and right?




PantsOnFire - Mistakes We Make (Betrayal)

Everybody lies. What shade of 'good' or 'bad' it is ultimately depends on where you're standing and what angle you're observing it from.

What is a Lie?

According to Webster a white lie is 'A lie about a small or unimportant matter that someone tells to avoid hurting another person.'

For example, you might tell someone you love that you really enjoy that new song their band just released and that you think it's really going to be their breakout hit even though their music really isn't your thing and the song kind of sounds like every other one they've shown you so far.

You love them and want to support their passion though, and I mean certain parts are kind of catchy so you give them words of encouragement in the form of a harmless and helpful white lie.

Other lies get a little more complicated. Whether we like to admit it or not, it feels good to fit in. Fitting in usually comes with peer recognition, love, safety, and a myriad of other feelings we crave as biological, social creatures. We like feeling like we're a part of something, something more than us.

A History of Lying

For our ancestors, being distinguishably similar to each other was literally a matter of life and death. They had to decide very quickly whether the creature in front of them was friend or foe to stay out of danger and keep on living. The surest way to fit into a new group that you know very little about is to lie.

Depending on your personal moral compass and intention behind the lie, it can end up benefiting you and the new group you're trying to assimilate into. Lying is at the heart of the adage 'fake it until you make it.'

Pants On Fire

The lyrics for the first single off of Mistakes We Make are about how we all lie about things sometimes, whether it's to fit in, to keep from hurting someone's feelings, for malicious intentions, and countless other reasons. For most people, excessive or unnecessary lying will create feelings of guilt and internal conflict.

However, certain people are able to compulsively and manipulatively lie on a constant basis to get what they want because they are incapable of empathy - incapable of seeing that their lies hurt others. Since moving to Arizona I've come into contact with at least two people like this and I'm sure I've met countless more without even realizing it.

PantsOnFire is about how, because we all engage in this game of lying, we create the conditions to allow these psychopaths to climb the social ladder and do things like become President of the United States. Instead of calling these people out on their lies, we let them get away with it for fear someone will call us out on our own lies.

It's important to understand that as individuals we are unable to change these people. The best we can do is recognize them and remove them from our social circles. Until every single person on earth refuses to accept their behavior they will continue to do it again and again and again.

PantsOnFire is now available on itunes, spotify, amazon, youtube, and all other major music streaming services!

Trust
Treasure so easily broken
weight and worth intangible
Sometimes repair is not an option
burn it down and build anew
 A broken cup will never be as strong as it once was
Reassemble all the shards and the substance will seep through

But that's not what we came for
What's all this wasting time?
No, that's not what we stand for
So this is where we say goodbye

I'm only hoping for this
We're only coping with it
They're only losing what was-
Someone stop me now!
The price they pay to fit in
we're paying taxes on sin
With all these secrets tell me
how do you know who you are?

Every time you lied to me I would look the other way
Who am I to judge a fiend?
Every time you lied to them
another fly caught in your web
Deep inside do you know you're sick?
I know the world played a part
but you can't just blame them
Every time you lied to me I'd just look the other way
I've got my own insecurities
 and I can't save you if I can't save me

But that's not what we came for
What's all this wasting time?
No, that's not what we stand for
So this is where we say goodbye

I'm only hoping for this
We're only coping with it
They're only losing what was-
 Someone stop me now!
The price they pay to fit in
we're paying taxes on sin
With all these secrets tell me
how do you know who you are?

Let it burn!
Let it burn!

How could you do this?
How could you hurt someone who gave you everything?
How could you burn the trust of everyone
as if it's someone else's blame?
There are no monsters under beds
or in the closets of your home
They walk the streets in skins and skeletons,
like people you may know.
I should have known it anyways
you can't trust anyone these days
My heart goes out to the ones so deep
they'll never get out!
These strings they are pulling you down!

I'm only hoping for this
We're only coping with it
They're only losing what was-
 Someone stop me now!
The price they pay to fit in
we’re paying taxes on sin
With all these secrets tell me
how do you know who you are?

This is not my problem anymore
It's not my fault if you get hurt
It’s not my problem anymore
It's not my fault if you get hurt