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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