There’s no exact recipe that results in someone becoming an alcoholic or drug addict. We may start using drugs or drinking with friends as teenagers or young adults, or we drank socially and we like the results. After a period of time our drug or alcohol use becomes habitual and we can’t stop. What used to be fun now becomes something we can’t imagine living without. Despite the different consequences that come our way, we continue to use. Other things that used to be important to us such as work, family, school, or hobbies aren’t priorities anymore. We become addicted, and the thought of stopping seems impossible — drugs and alcohol become all consuming. What used to be enjoyable for us eventually stops working, and feelings of hopelessness and despair take over. Friends and family suffer watching us slowly kill ourselves with drugs and alcohol. We keep using, trying to escape our feelings at any cost, further perpetuating the cycle. The effects our drug use has on our families are endless until we recover. Parents are often left wondering where they went wrong, what they could have done differently and even if they’re the cause of their son or daughter’s addiction. We continue to push away the people who love us. If we don’t get in to recovery we know that we will either end up in jail, an institution of some sort, or die of untreated addiction.
Sobriety is available to anyone and support is necessary in order to remain sober.
Recovery from drug addiction or alcoholism isn’t an event that takes place — it’s a process. Overcoming active addiction requires making major changes in the way we live, deal with problems and how we relate to others.
If we put the effort in to our recovery that we once
put in to finding and using drugs and/or drinking, and match that with honesty and a willingness to change, we can recover. However, we can not do this alone.