You really miss him. If someone were to ask you if you did, you’d probably say, “Of course I miss him, a lot.” And then there are those times that you’re not thinking about him; you’re doing something else: laughing with new friends, watching the latest on Netflix, answering an email or driving to work and “boom,” there it is, wishing you were back there with him again, the way it used to be.
The “him” is your former drug of choice: meth, weed, alcohol, heroin or that stash of Oxy or Adderall that some doctors convinced you was needed to function properly. Boy, were they wrong.
Random Acts of Awesome
When you think back on your time during active addiction, the relationship you had with drugs or alcohol had some crazy similarities to a psycho romance. (It’s OK to laugh a little about it now, because you’re so…over it.) But back then you weren’t just hooked, you were obsessed. And no matter how you tried to shake off this twisted love affair, the drug was in control.
Just when you think you were trapped in this toxic relationship (and what else could addiction be), something happened. Somehow and somewhere, you had a moment of clarity. Maybe it was an intervention from a parent or friend. Maybe it was an unsuspecting “aha!” moment or a mandatory court order that threw your ass into treatment or a 12-step program.
How you found yourself on the path to clean or sober living is not something to keep to yourself. Your story is one of many invaluable addiction recovery stories that not only serve to remind you of how awesome you are, but how your inner strength can help others who remain in their relationship with him, still hoping for a way out.
Speak to Their Pain and Help End It
There are true stories of alcoholics. There are true stories of drug addicts. But until someone stops using, the stories told can be skewed as fake or fiction. Because until the mind heals, mental and emotional perception is unclear and imbalanced.
So addiction stories don’t get real until recovery begins. It starts the moment you own your addiction.
Addicts may not share the same neighborhood, social status, age, race, religion, sexual preference or gender identity as one another, but there is one commonality: Drug and alcohol addiction is an equal opportunity abuser.
Three ways to stop addiction:
- You end it.
- It ends you.
- Share the moment you quit with someone else.
Faster Isn’t Better
Jennifer was on top of her game. Just a couple years out of college and she was killing it at work. Not just hitting sales goals, but exceeding them. Because the pressure was on. It was always on.
With so many distractions from friends, family and even coworkers, it was hard to stay focused. Until she heard about Adderall. In fact, everyone in the office had their own prescription. It was practically corporate culture! Until she misjudged a traffic light when she was texting her boss. That was the moment Jennifer realized she was an addict.
A Shot in the Dark
Brian had a lot to live for, but he didn’t think so. His drinking began when he was 12 years old. It escalated through high school. And while it was cool back then, he learned to hide it well throughout his career as an X-ray technician at the hospital. Adding vodka to his morning orange juice seemed to put the jumpstart in his day.
Everything changed one afternoon after Brian downed his sixth shot of Gentleman Jack while watching an NFL playoff game in January. His older brother just called, sounding out of his mind. He was sitting on the edge of his bathtub, screaming at the top of his lungs about their alcoholic parents, contemplating suicide while pointing the barrel of a Colt .45 to his lips. That’s when Brian went from addiction mode into recovery mode.
Positive change can happen when you least expect it. Stay open. Be ready.
Addiction Stories Differ, but Outcomes Can Be the Same
Help us inspire others to find hope and the strength to say, “Enough is enough.” Through you, we can shift the consciousness of addiction and move many more toward their individual path of recovery.
Your stories have a greater purpose. Fight Addiction Now urges you to share that one special moment that changed your life, for good. Every goal worth achieving includes a fight worth winning. Here’s your chance to pass it on.