My heart goes out to people with substance abuse problems and their loved ones. It saddens me when I hear about the damage addiction has done to an individual and their families. However, I have to admit that it makes me grateful to be sober and no longer a slave to alcohol. I simply feel that no matter what I go through in life, the ups, the downs, and everything in between, that alcohol will always fail on its promise to make things better.
I didn’t drink everyday, and I didn’t lose everything. But the illusion that alcohol was my friend went hand in hand with another illusion—my drug of choice made me happier in life.
My sobriety has proven both of these illusions to be false. And it’s this knowledge more than anything else that keeps me moving forward in my quest to help others understand the harm drug use can do. An emotional harm that may not manifest right away, or cause family problems, but can still produce dire consequences in our lives.
We can tell our-selves we’re not causing any harm, and go on using a substance without restraint. But somewhere along the way the consequences begin to catch up with us. There are no more ups, only downs. And although we still might not be able to completely see the damage our abuse is doing. We do know that our drug of choice is no longer our friend, and that our happiness is nothing more than an illusion.