There are many pressing issues in addiction recovery but this may be one of the biggest ones if you're living with an addict or know a loved one dealing with addiction. The question is how do you deal with it yourself? So here's some advice from some hard earned experience… If you're not an addict, please get educated by an addict, because there is no better teacher!
People that are in the grip of their addiction are living in isolation, feeling alone, lost, like no one cares, and that there is no way out. My question to you then is: "How would you like to live a life wondering if this is all there is? Or the question being, How did we get here?"
The internal struggle that happens with addiction is a fight that no one can understand unless you are an addict, or, that addict. Every day the thought is: “This is it! I'm not gonna do this anymore.” Or they may be contemplating that, "As soon as I'm done with this little bit, I'm really gonna stop this time, right?” But every day comes and passes, with no end in sight; or so they are feeling. We fully intend on stopping, we think we can do it on our own, but we can't. We become stuck, feeling like no one cares, and no one notices our pain.
From my experience, and the one who educated me the most (my youthful addicted daughter), most of us began to use because we were hurting and the drug/alcohol took that pain away. We became fearless and we became numb to emotion when the high took place. We were alive and free. But, only in the beginning...
Society labels addicts as losers, a waste of air, people can't do anything right, people that are lazy, and people that choose to live "this" way. But with the truth be told, addicts don't need "your" help to feel worthless, they already feel this way. But, if you're part of society that does this, you may as well dig the grave, because you're helping them into it.
Addiction changes the chemical make up of the brain. After using for a length of time the addict becomes tolerant to the drug. This causes them to need more to just feel normal. But let the truth be known that addicts aren't a lost cause, they are worthy, they are human, they are beautiful!
EVERY LIFE MATTERS!
Often times addicts become desperate and will do whatever it takes to avoid withdrawal, including stealing, lying, cheating and manipulating others in order to get their “fix.” This leads them further into despair and towards a feeling of worthlessness.
There are so many people that are living a life of loneliness, self-loathing, feeling trapped and believe the world would be better off without them. This illness is killing people both spiritually and physically every single day.
Our prisons and jails are over crowded with people that suffer from addiction and people are not getting the treatment they need. Yes, people who commit a crime need consequences but should we not allow them an opportunity to seek help, rather than be locked away, only to be released after serving their sentence and returning to the only thing they know? If they are not shown a better way to live, this is exactly what will happen to most addicts.
People will continue to judge them without taking any responsibility for the part they play in the outcome. It's my opinion that we, as humans, have the moral obligation to stop being self-righteous and start learning what these people are going through, been through, and start loving them into recovery, rather than condemning them to their death!
People say “it's their choice to live this way.” So, how do they come to this conclusion? If you are not an addict, how can you possibly know what we feel, think or what we “choose!”
This is written in loving memory of all of those that lost their battle with addiction. "Sleep with the Angels."
Its time for a change of heart, a time to change the way the world views addiction! It's time for people to stop believing they have the answers and start seeking the truth! Stop contributing to the downfall and start helping people stand.
Reach the Unreachable, Love the Unlovable. Stop being part of the problem and start being part of the solution.
-Kim M (Many Faces One Problem)
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