The Illusion Of Drug Abuse

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.

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That’s A Good Question

“Why do you need a drug to be happy?” This was asked of me years ago, and although I didn’t have an answer at the time, the question stuck with me and made me take a hard look at myself and my drinking problem.

Some people believe that using a substance adds to their happiness, and maybe for some it does. But I tried drinking to be happy and I actually became less happy overtime. Fortunately, I finally tried another way, one that didn’t include alcohol, and found more than just happiness. I found a way of life that made me feel good about myself.

I often use this question today when helping people with drug and alcohol problems. Like me, they may not have an answer at the time, but I’ve found that the question never chases anyone away who wants help. They may continue to use a substance, but inside they know it’s a good question. And one that needs to be answered.

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