Can Substance Abuse Ruin Your Life

One Life to Live

I was asked a question one day by a person that was addicted to drugs and alcohol and he asked the question, "can substance abuse ruin your life?" I was floored by the question that was asked of me.

Here I was asked a question that I could answer correctly because I too had an addiction to alcohol and I knew for a fact that anyone that abuses drugs or alcohol would be doomed if they continued on their path of self destruction. I went down that road once and I wouldn't wish that trip on anyone.

Unfortunately, so many people that abuse drugs or alcohol don't really realize what they are doing for the fact that these harmful substances are blinding them from the world around them. They know only one thing, and that is to continue abusing their drugs of choice to get that better drunk or that higher high than the last time.

There is nothing wrong with drinking alcohol when it is done responsibly, such as having a nice glass of wine before or during diner. Having a (couple of beers or a mix drink) at a family function to be social, but those people I have found in my life are few and far between. One or two drinks just doesn't cut it for many people, such as myself. It is never enough. We want and need more and more to satisfy our bodies, and as need and want continues it will take more to be satisfied until one day your body says I have had enough of this substance abuse. I will now shut down and just die! Is that what you want your body to tell you?

All our bodies give us a warning one way or another and in some way, But we the people that have these huge addiction pay no mind to what our bodies are telling us and that's when the body says, "okay you are not listening to the warning signs so I am going to just put you through hell with your health and then die on you."

I have only met a few people that can have those one or two drinks and call it a day. What is the whole world turning to alcohol and drugs, I asked myself. I admire those that can have that social one or two drinks and I just wished I could of been one of those lucky folks, but unfortunately I just can't get enough of the alcohol to satisfy me. I am sure many people that have an addiction problem feel the same as I do.

No one wants to be so depended on drugs or alcohol I can insure you, but once the body gets that feeling of being high or drunk and loves the feeling of it, the addiction starts to take place slow but sure, and before you know it, you crave and love the feeling so much you can't live a day without your crutch.

As I stated in a couple of hubs, I am not a anti drinking person. I loved to drink my beer, but didn't know when enough was enough, so I had to make that final decision, should I continue to kill myself or straighten my life out and get clean and sober, to not only save my life, but save everything that is so close and dear to me, such as my wife and family.


Taking Control of Your Life

For anyone out there suffering from an addiction to drugs or alcohol, you need to get in control of your life no matter what it takes to do it. You are killing yourself more and more each day by abusing the drugs of choice you choose to use.

You have to just make your mind up once and for all that you want OUT of this addiction you have and TAKE ACTION to get your life back on track and get and stay sober.

Everyday you abuse drugs and drink alcohol is just one more day you are missing out on with your quality of life and healthy living. As you may know your internal clock could stop ticking any minute, so why not enjoy life living it clean and sober and stop your substance abuse.

Step up to the plate and tell yourself you have had enough and you want sobriety back into your life. I know as well as the next guy/gal just how hard it is to make the decision to stop drinking or using drugs. After all, these substances have been a huge part of our lives for some years and it is a bit hard to say good-bye to something you love. I know, and I did it. You can do it too if you have that willpower and determination! All it takes is to take action. Continue to think positive and continue telling yourself that you can and will defeat the demons that have been running and ruining you life.

If you put your mind to anything, including getting clean and sober, you will be able to achieve it. You have to be willing to do anything it takes to stop substance abuse even if it takes staying in Rehab. for as long as the Therapist and Doctors feel is necessary, but once out, you need to put all that you learned and achieve into long term sobriety and stick to what you were taught. Don't hang around with the very people that may have gotten you into this horrible world of addiction.

You are your own person and if you love yourself, like you should, and cherish your life and others, you will STOP YOUR SUBSTANCE ABUSE and STOP KILLING YOURSELF!

© 2012 Mark Bruno

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teacherjoe52 4 years ago

I grw up in the 60s and seventies when the motto was sex,drugs and rock & roll.

Most of the people I grew up with who took that destructive path are dead before they were fifty. They ones that are still alive look like they are 100 years old. All broken down. Their lives a mess.

You bet booze and drugs lead to a hell on earth.

Yes it is important to go to tehap and therapy. Proper diet is also important. Those combined togther worked for me.

Oh the most important thing is to have Jesus in our lives.


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

teacherjoe52, Thanks for reading and commenting and am 100 percent behind you. I too grew up in the 60's and 70's and many of my friends are also dead, sad to say. They were all such wonderful friends but the addictions got the best of them. We are so lucky that we were able to give in to our addiction and get sober and find God to help us. He sure helped me to stay stronge and continue to stay sober.

God Bless my friend!!


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Eliminate Cancer 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Absolutely, and I don't think you have to go too far for it to ruin your life. It's a huge de-motivator - even if you don't get sick, or hit rock bottom, I see it mess with priorities... I've lost many friends to this :(


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

@ Kate, thanks for your comment, Yes you are so right it does mess with priorities that's for sure. I too put my addiction before all else and that includes my own family. Looking back at that I feel horrible about that, but I am now making good on that and my own life. All I have to do is look in my High School year book and say "that person died from Alcoholism, This person a drug overdose and so on. It is a crying shame :( Take care Kate and thanks again!


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Eliminate Cancer 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Hey - I'd love to hear your take on Whitney Houston, she's a perfect example of someone who has so much going for her, so much talent... and so much pain - so hard to pull out of a bad situation. I would love if you wrote a hub about that. Nobody is immune.


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

Kate: I thought about writing on her and others that have passed but I wanted to make total sure of the report that has to come out on the toxicology before saying anything abut what happened.


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Eliminate Cancer 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Ok, that makes sense :)


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

Kate, thanks and have a great day. I will wait it out and listen to the TV and news.


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Neal Seifert 4 years ago from PA

Nice Hub.... World's Deadliest Drug is King Alcohol! People can justify all they want why it is OK to drink. Alcohol is poison that is legal.


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

Neal You are so right. It is amazing something that can kill you is legal


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ruthclark3 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Very good, timely too. We are the only beings on earth that insist on destroying ourselves it seems. Even the animals know better. A vote up for you.


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

@ Ruthclark, Thank you for your comment and you are so right. I never thought of that it that way


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Catzgendron 4 years ago from North Chelmsford

My daughter and I would answer by saying ABSOUETELY many forms of addictions can not only ruin your life but your friends and families as well. We speak from experience. Our lives were turned upside in July 1999 when my fiance, her dad, was drunk and passed out in her baby pool and drowned. So yes, addictions can ruin your life, take your life and create a living nightmare for others.


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

Catzgendron, Thank you for reading and commenting, and I am so sorry for your fiance passing. That is so sad to hear. My deepest condolence to you and your family. It saddens me to hear such sad stories and this is why I try so hard in most of my hubs to get the word out to all those suffering with an addiction. Hopefully they will see the light and change their life and others before something so sad as this happens.

God Bless you and your family.

Mark


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Catzgendron 4 years ago from North Chelmsford

Mark Thank You very much. The hardest part of me is that our daughter had just turned 5 yrs old at the time and I am sad for all she has missed, all she can't share with him in person. I do beleive though that he is watching over her as are all our guidian angels.

The weird part in all of this is, I was never a big drinker because additions run in my family as well yet, I found myself becoming addicted when I tried my first cc and ginger. The moment that drink touched my lips I was hooked and it scared the hell out of me. Of course, it took me eight months to finally admit that, i was no longer able to drink in safety so I quit. On August 10th 2008 I went o my first AA meeting and have been sober ever since. When I shared this with one of my brothers I found out that Whiskey is the drink of choice for all the problem drinkers in my family. With all that has happened I am quite open with my daughter about my issues, her dad's issues and our families issues so she knows the dangers drinking can cause.

Thanks for giving me an outlet to vent, share and a place where i can relate.

Take Care & God Bless,

Cathy


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

Cathy you are so welcome. Feel free anytime to email me or through my hubs. Congrats to you for your sobriety as well. Great job and keep up the good work. I know for a fact if I were to take one sip of a beer or mixed drink I would be doomed, so the only way to avoid a relapse is to just stay away for all alcohol, although I do go to parties and functions when everyone else is drinking and it doesn't bother me one bit. It is all in our minds.

Take care and talk to you soon :)

Mark

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