The disease of addiction affects not only the addict. It affects all those around them, including, family, friends, employers, etc. This disease is so sneaky. It creeps up on you without you realizing it. It tells you, you do not have a disease at all. It leads you to manipulation, lies, self-centeredness, selfishness, and a hundred forms of fear. Those afflicted steal, cheat, become whores, pimps, emotionally and or physically abusive etc. They are willing to go to any lengths to get their drug of choice. That substance becomes the most important thing in their lives. They lose all interest in others. The only focus is on how to get their next drink or high.
Many of my clients self-medicate to avoid dealing with the emotions that seem to dominate their lives. They are attempting to get beyond the pain. We live in a society where pain is the negative force that drives us. It is regrettable that those who are unable to push past the pain never achieve the joy and sublime. Pain is supposed to be motivating. Yet the majority of individuals are never able to see the light at the end of the tunnel. It is sad to think that we were put on earth to merely experience the drudgery of life; paying bills, trying to calm down screaming children, angry employers, and spouses, etc. Where is the peace, serenity and fulfillment in life; people ask? When is it my turn for happiness? Is this all there is to life? When life becomes challenging, thoughts become clouded by the negative, by the fear, that nothing will ever change. At times, hopelessness drives addicts to suicide.
If you or a loved one is suffering the pain of addiction, please contact me at 561-7141028 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org