Addiction is one of the most horrible mental diseases one can suffer from. Some people can drink, or get high and not wind up an addict. Some believe it is a mental problem, others believe it is genetic.
It is a disease that effects people from every walk of of life, from the lowest of the poor, to the richest of the rich.
The one thing I know for sure is it starts out as a symptom and then blossoms into the overwhelming problem. The disease of addiction can not be stopped by any medication, or by the love of someone that cares for the addict. In most cases loved ones aid the disease in continuing in the addict.
The only thing that turns an addict around is the fear of continued use over weighs the fear of living without using. The addict must reach a bottom.
Only 1 in 10 addicts that go through rehab the first time stay clean, and even if you manage not to use your drug of choice, if you don’t work on your underlying problems your disease comes out in other ways.
In the recovering community there are a lot of clichés. Keep coming back, Fake it till you make it, The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. The one thing that scares addicts most who have made it past the using stage is “I may have another run in me, but I don’t have another recovery”. Three results are guaranteed all addicts, Jails, Institutions, and Death.
I too counciled addicts in another life, you experience a lot of joy and a lot of pain in doing so. There is hope for recovery and arresting your disease. Belief in a higher power than yourself and the 12 steps.
If you know an addict, pray for them and tell them to get their ass to a meeting as an outsider that is all you have the power to do. Only an addict can stop themselves.
Here is a song of hope for those that suffer.