Let’s Get Real: The Trials And Tribulations Of Addiction
You can become addicted to anything; drugs, alcohol, sex, you name it. No matter what the substance or otherwise is, addiction is a powerful force that slowly eats away at our lives. Do not listen to anyone who may tell you that your addiction is nothing compared to another, or that it isn’t something to be addicted to. One way or another, every addiction is real and means something. Coming from a place of knowing when it comes to this brutal subject, I can honestly say that of all the hardships that we as human beings can go through, very few things can actually break you like an addiction can. You lose self-control and when you’re someone like me who lacked self-control to begin with, the immense decay of well-being is made that much worse. This isn’t to say that those of us who had good self-control are better off, but rather that it takes a little less time for the others to become completely immersed in their sickness. You’ll hear professionals tell you that addiction is a disease, and in many ways, it is. It starts off slow and you think that you can control it. The longer the affliction stays in your life, the harder it is to ignore it. Soon enough, your entire body is influenced by the disease’s every whim. It can’t really be seen, but you know it’s there. Life begins to pass you by without even blinking, and nothing seems real. Your mind spirals into a never-ending cycle of “I need my fix”, or whatever other mantra might be taking over your thoughts.
Of course, we must never forget that where there’s a will, there’s a way. We all have the power within us to break free from the steel grip of addiction, so matter how impossible it may seem. Trust me, I used to be at a point in my life where I honestly believed that I could not live without the one thing that was really holding me back. My addiction got me to a way of living that made it increasingly difficult for me to see myself coping without the disease. I allowed it into my life, but no longer had a way of casting it out. Thankfully, I was able to grab my demons by the throat and take my power back. I could not have done this without first realizing that I needed help, and then allowing others to give me that help. All in all though, the power was within me the whole time. I have many to thank for my continued success in overcoming my throws with addiction, but the number one person that I should always give recognition to is myself. Always, always, always remind yourselves that you ARE worthy of a better life and you CAN give yourself that better life. You deserve to be happy, just like anyone else. You are not less than and you are not worthless. Even if you don’t believe it, there are people out there who care about you and want to see you do and be better.
Please remember that it is possible to break free, and better days are ahead. I know it may not seem like it now, but take it from me and from every other person in the world who has faced these hardships; you WILL get through it. Trust yourself enough to make that change and then do it. Do it for family, do it for friends, but always do it for you. That, my friends, is the key to your own success. Much love, Family.
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