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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

There is light at the end of the tunnel for addiction

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To those here seeking support. There is hope.  I know that sounds simple, perhaps too simple, and I wouldn't even utter these words if I did not know for a fact that this is true. There is light at the end of the tunnel.

My loved one was addicted to two separate things, alcoholism, and crack. Lovely combination, right? The alcoholism, existed to my knowledge beyond 20 years. The crack came much later. However, it is important to note that one is a red flag of the other. How so? The disease is an equal opportunity employer. The same mentality that makes a soul succumb to alcohol, will also make this person succumb to any addictive, mood altering, chemical and/or behavior.

 This doesn't mean that every alcoholic becomes a drug addict, nor every addict an alcoholic..what it does mean is the likelihood of this becoming a multi-level addiction is there, and the condition is transferable, all encompassing. You will notice many are addicted to a lot of substances and behavior, including but not limited to sex, cigarettes, & gambling-any form of gambling, whether it is casino style, placing bets of any kind on a regular basis even to the detriment of their financial stability, and also buying compulsively-lottery tickets.

So you may feel you are up against a true legion of sorts. You are, but hopeless? No. As of today, my addicted loved one is clean and sober for over three years. How long were they in treatment? All of ten days! Yes, now am I not by any means saying ten days is all it takes? No. Everyone is different. These results may not be typical, but my reason for mentioning it is simply to let you know, there is hope, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Don't you dare give up. I will say this, if Mohamed won't come to the mountain, the mountain must be brought to him.

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