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We've all been there. We've all found ourselves in a spot in life when we realize.... we've gotten ourselves into a hole and we may have no idea how to make it better. Nobody is immune to the circumstance of falling too hard. Liquor, sex, food, video gaming... you name it and falling prey is possible. So let's share some tales so that we know; we've all been there at one point, no need to hide it. There is always a point one can identify when you realize. Its just what we do with that knowledge that makes the difference.

Redditor u/why_my_pp_hard_4_u wanted everyone to share about the few times they've discovered they got themselves in a bit of a situation by asking.... At what point did you know you were "too deep" into something?

The Game....

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I got a PS2 and even though I was over 50 at the time I really got into the Grand Theft Auto games.

I played them so much I ended up straining the ligaments in my wrists and needing steroid shots at the bases of my thumbs. I couldn't even hold my toothbrush without great pain. In the end I had to give the console and games to my grandchildren (not the GTA games) and my thumbs have pretty much been fine ever since, but I really do miss playing video games.

Oregonguy1954

The Early 20's....

I got into shooting DRUGS in my early 20s. I always knew it would end bad. But I really didn't feel "too deep" until I was cuffed and crammed in the back of a police paddy wagon for robbing a convenience store. I spent three (deserved) years in prison and every day was the definition of "oh man, I really screwed up here, this mess is crazy."

TheDoobIsWild

The Cutoff....

When my ex-gf tried to cut me off from my family. Like "Oh this is abuse isn't it?"

S0mnariumx

Oh my big brother used to be engaged to his ex gf.

The witch didn't just try to cut him off his family and friends, she actually partially succeeded in doing so, as a few of his friends heard him only through her. There were times that she doesn't even let us, his brothers to speak with him.

Lowkey disturbing. She thought that since he's her bf she owns him and the rights to his social connections.

fiyu123

5 Minutes longer than necessary....

I took salvia once when I had already been drinking a lot. I was in my garage in midst of a circle of maybe 8 people when I took off. All I remember is 'coming back' which felt like spinning really fast and wide circularly through a realm which existed between realities. What made me think this? The place I was spinning in was basically a void with an unending presence of floating "TV screens", or windows to alternate dimensions. As I was spinning through the realm I was trying to figure out which reality was mine so that I could land back properly, and as soon as I chose one the circular spinning started to travel back through my body.

I was aware that I was still sitting in my garage but I could feel my mind going inside and outside my head in circles around the garage. The whole experience lasted about 5 minutes and I will never touch salvia again. Also, I was 2 seats to the right within the circle when I finally recovered, and I definitely didn't move during the whole ordeal. I legitimately still wonder sometimes if I chose the wrong reality to return to.

anamewithnonumbers

On the Verge....

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When I went to the doctor with unexplained lower back problems and they told me my liver was being damaged by the high sugar diet I was on and that I was on the verge of having diabetes.

BiffChildFromBangor

Get Out. 

In a domestic violence situation, there are so many moments that you can see and sort through in retrospect. The "moment" where my brain said "you need to find a damn way out of this" happened shortly after we had been married. My family was in Vegas, so we went to join for a couple days. I can/could drink, but that week I was just not into it— like when even one drink makes you sleepy. He was irate and annoyed at this.

I didn't insist on him staying with me all day- I was just going to rest.

He eventually left to go drink and gamble, but ultimately came back after about an hour, and crawled into bed with me. I was groggy and half asleep. He then started grinding against me trying to have sex. I said no, Im really not feeling good. I probably even said "sorry" but I don't remember. I rolled over, and he kicked me as hard as he could.

I fell off the bed, terrified. "You are a damn witch, and you are making this up. You are fine." I left my body.

At that point, I knew I had to get out.

BunnyandKittybeinBFF

Don't Camp....

Went camping with a group of friends, told them I was night blind as a prank. One of them tripped over and tore a ligament while guiding me. Started researching night blindness behaviors to make it seem permanently real from here and that's when i knew i was in too deep.

SnooBooks1455

"Halloween House Party"

The time I was invited by a friend to a "Halloween House Party."

Turns out it was more of a gay/trans "Eyes Wide Shut" type get together that took place in this bizarre mansion. Everyone was in these erotic costumes drinking out of cocktail glasses and I was dressed as Elvis drinking Coors Light.

I knew I was in too deep when within about 8 minutes of arriving I went to get a beer from the kitchen and there was some Freddy Mercury looking mother fool standing there wearing nothing but a spiked collar and nothing else... you know.

InferiousX

754 DAYS....

I checked and I have 754 days played on Ark Survival Evolved for Xbox, that's like if you sat on the couch for 2 years straight and played a video game, then I realized that's not like wasting 2 years of your life on a game it IS wasting 2 years of your life on a game like let me really emphasize here I'm not saying I've played this game for 2 years like that much time passed since I began, I mean I've actually played that many hours over the course of about 5 years. Omg it's mind boggling. Straight up gaming addiction. I have severe anxiety and the game distracts me from it, but it's now it's own problem too. I'm def too deep.

Ravenunlimitd

Channel 4 all the way....

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Bit niche. But a few years back two friends and I accidentally got into a season wrap up party for TV show Made in Chelsea. We had to pretend all night we were producers from Channel 4. Fortunately I didn't watch the show, so was easy to lie. Brilliant fun, and an open bar!

TractorMcTractor

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They say one man's trash is another man's treasure - and sometimes that saying is pretty literal.

Lots of people build entire businesses picking up cool stuff on bulk-pickup trash day, and upcycling it into something even better that people are willing to pay for.

Sometimes, you might even end up with something pristine and usable right away.

Reddit user JampackedAlborn1976 asked:

What is the most valuable item that you have seen somebody throw away or have found in the garbage?

And for real ... some of these people scored BIG TIME. Like big time. Like really big.

Like Refrigerator Big

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"Our current refrigerator is a double-door one with exterior ice and water dispensers. We got it for free, with absolutely no problems whatsoever. It's just a few years old."

"How we got it? My dad (civil engineer) was doing some work on someone's apartment when they said they had bought a new modern French door refrigerator and that they were just going to discard their current refrigerator."

"My dad simply asked if he could have it.. and they said yes." - SauloJr

Immigrants In Action

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"I immigrated to the US from Brazil when I was 12. And every Saturday, my mom, stepdad, sister and I would go out at night to upper middle class neighborhoods the day before trash pickup to rummage through the garbage they were putting out."

"We found perfectly good TVs, VCRs, microwaves, couches, lazy boys, tables, books and comics, etc."

"I couldn't believe these Americans were throwing out like that. We furnished our entire house with that stuff. The entire Brazilian immigrant community in my town did it. We were flabbergasted." - PhillipLlerenas

With A Note

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"My wife yelled at me that someone put a big TV outside with a note on it. Walked across the street and it was a brand new Samsung 37 inch HDTV."

"They were actually renovating the apartment building and got an upgraded TV. Even had the remote taped to it with batteries, I guess I have really nice neighbors here in NYC." - MadLintElf

Life Hack!

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"If you want high end stuff out of the garbage for free, follow these steps:"

"Pick a city with a large university in it. If it's a school well known for its law programs, or medical, or engineering, all the better."

"Search for luxury apartment complexes that market themselves towards students. Look for things like included shuttle service, pools, fitness centers, etc. The more expensive and swanky the better."

"Figure out when finals week is at the end of Spring semester."

"Dumpster dive at those luxury apartment complexes during that week and the following weekend."

"Very wealthy international students will arrive in the US, fully outfit an apartment with nice furniture, big TVs, audio systems, gaming consoles, you name it, and when the semester ends they just junk it all because they aren't going to fly it back to wherever, and it's too much effort to spend the time selling when they do not care about the money."

"It's a smaller scale phenomenon a little like all the luxury cars abandoned at the airport in Dubai." - whattothewhonow

Literal Gold Treasure

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"I found a gold coin at goodwill for 5 bucks. It was in a case with someone's name and company name."

"It was their gift from the company for retiring. I assume the family threw it out when he died not knowing it was solid gold. It was in a in a thick solid plastic case that had to be cracked opened."

"It literally said 1 oz fine gold on it. I figured 5 bucks was worth the risk it not being real."

"It was a South African KRUGERRAND 1 oz coin. Everyone was just too busy to read it lol."

"Bought it and took it too a pawn shop and sold it for a couple grand." - streetmitch

The Best Day Of My Life

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"When I was a kid, I grew up right outside the Los Angeles area in the suburbs. My stepdad was a garbage truck driver for the city of Beverly Hills."

"I swear in the late 80s and early 90s we'd have so much basically brand new stuff (still in boxes) brought home on a regular basis."

"I'll never forget one day in particular. My stepdad came home and was like 'get ready, come to the car, I'll need your help.' So I go down there and in back seat of his car he had a few large black garbage bags."

"We haul them up to our apartment and he's like 'go ahead, open them.' Inside was what I could only describe as an 80s kids trove of treasures."

"One bag contained just about every Ghostbusters and GI joe toy you can imagine, they were played with but had every little accessory, there was a bunch the playsets and everything."

"In the other bag was pretty much every LEGO of the early 80s sets, still in their original boxes. I was a big LEGO nerd but was totally thrown off by the old school space ones because they looked nothing like the 90s space sets. I think they even said "NASA" the minifig's chests."

"That was like a random day in July, it felt like Christmas. I was 9 years old and it was basically like the best day of my life up to that point." - Zombgief

Who Throws Away Money?

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"A jar full of quarters."

"Annual spring cleaning projects happen in a lot of towns where anyone can put almost anything on the curb and it's taken away for free. It's to stop open dumping or stuff being dumped in ditches."

"Sometimes people deal with estates from winter by just dumping all their grandfather's stuff on the curb for the cleanup to get the house empty immediately. Most often they don't even bother to look at what they are throwing away."

"In 2012 on north road in Akwesasne I found an estate pile that I shuttled back and forth with my bike trailer getting lots of older tools like a scythe, hammers, saws, screwdrivers and wrenches, a 22 rifle with 100 round of ammo, a bunch of ar15 magazines, cast iron cookware, oil lamps, a hand crank food mill with all kinds of accessories, a black raven axe head (worth $100 easily since they are a collectable), and a quart size mason jar full of change mostly quarters."

"That was spring and the sheriffs office did a gun buyback in the fall where I took the mags and got $20 each for them (30 round mags suddenly illegal under the safe act of fall 2012. The buyback was a local political move). I still got the 22 and picked off a lot of woodchuck with it in my gardens." - Bogtrotterso1980

Filing Fever

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"I own a small company which is located directly in front of a state funded program facility. The state decided to have this office shred all of their files as they were going to switch to electronic data (exclusively)."

"We found two of these old rotary filing cabinets outside of their office. They're worth almost $3k each!"

"They just placed them there and we saw them and asked what they planned on doing with them. They said, 'Hmmm.....either donate them or trash them.' The state told them simply to get rid of them."

"We jumped at this and took the two into our already tiny office because there was no way in hell that we were going to let these gems go. (We do use paper files, unfortunately)."

"They wanted to give us two smaller ones but seriously, our office is very small. I made some phone calls and they were picked up immediately by other office workers/friends." - GlitzBlitz

This Sucks - In A Good Way!

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"In the 1990s my moms work had a really nice high end Hoover that stopped working. They threw it out."

"My mom took it home because my dad tinkers and repairs things easily. Turns out since it was a bagged vacuum all the dummies had to do is REPLACE THE BAG."

"Like it never occurred to them to do the most easy and basic step. My parents were excited to have a really upgraded vacuum. Maybe like $500ish." - schweddyboobs

Tiffany's Trash

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"My dad found an old stained glass window laying out by someone's trash. He thought it would look cool hanging in our cabin, so he stopped and grabbed it."

"It sat in our garage for a few years before he looked at it more closely and found "Tiffany and Co." branding on it. He got in touch with some stained glass window dude who figured it was worth about $40k fully restored, so my dad sold it to him for somewhere around $30k." - throwaway_stopdrink

Have you had any awesomely trashtastic treasures? Let us know!