“Every worthy act is difficult. Ascent is always difficult. Descent is easy and often slippery.” – Mahatma Gandhi
We sugar-coat in many ways, some call it social habits, others guilty pleasure but in reality, it is just a chain that has you in bondage, whether you are willing to admit it or not.
It comes in many forms, some clearly visible while others can be carefully hidden. The habit creeps up on you. Stealth is in its nature. You often believe that you are strong enough not to fall into the trap that many have been stuck in. I believe that’s the beginning of the prison sentence, this belief of invincibility.
Addiction has destroyed lives. Each of us knows someone of incredible potential who has wasted away under the influence of one form of addiction or another, or can identify with how the trajectory of our own lives has swerved due to our own addictions.
This though, is not the only way that addiction can change and break you. Many suffer in silence. Though you may see many manifestations of the effects of addiction on the physical, the worst happens deep within. Many are afraid of speaking out, afraid of rejection, afraid of ‘I told you so’ and afraid of a lack of understanding.
Consider this, it doesn’t matter how many of your friends are involved in the same or worse addictions. It doesn’t matter how many celebrities are partaking in it. It doesn’t matter that the effects of your addiction aren’t as visible; that no one seems to notice. The addiction is hurting you. Love yourself enough to get better.
To the one suffering from addiction,
- You are not alone. Many out there are in the same chains as you are. The fact that you recognize your problem has put you on the pathway to healing. Now push on, you can get healing.
- Acceptance. You cannot begin your journey of healing until you accept that you have a problem. Acceptance doesn’t make you weak, it makes you wise, because you realize you have a problem and are taking steps to fix it.
- Seek help. Though you fear, stand up and ask for help. There are many out there who have been through what you are going through now and just want to help someone else through their own experience. Ask for help and see how much of it floods into your life; even from avenues you’d have never imagined.
Many have fought addiction and won, why not you?