ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Addictions, Lifelong Battle or Curable?

Updated on April 12, 2011

Curable?

I have written a number of hubs on the subject of addiction, and because this is a subject which has touch not just my life, but the lives of every person I have had contact with. I am sure that it has also influenced the lives of many of the people out there in this world of hate, hurt and conflict. Misery sometimes encourages some addictions as it is a way to cover up or mask emotional pain as well as physical pain.

I know that this is a subject that for many years no one has wanted to talk about or admit to having a problem with either. I feel that it is about time that we stop feeling ashamed of our problems and face them. That means that we must honestly talk about them, whether or not we are doing the talking or the listening.

I firmly believe that addiction does not have to be a lifelong battle. The only reason that it ends up being a livelong affliction is that because the person infected with this disorder is never given the proper medicine (instruction or direction) to properly fight this infection. Until you get to the core, you will continue to relapse.

I am speaking from experience. I was a drinker as well as a heroin user. To make this simpler to understand, I am only going to discuss this from the drinking point of view. I would drink from the time that I woke up in the morning, until whatever time it was that I passed out later that day.

With a couple of very simple exercises and a couple or so homework assignments (easy ones) I began thinking differently--therefore, once the craving was removed, the thirst was also.

That was why the steps program did not work for me, for it was like fixing the outer part of me, the part that showed to the world, leaving the inner part, where the craving lived, untouched. It was the most difficult thing I ever tried to do, and I felt like my will was not strong enough to do it. As long as that problem existed in my life, I was indeed powerless against it. I could not be entirely fixed.

I did not want to carry that with me for a lifetime, for to me it felt rather like having an itch you could not scratch, no matter what.

It took me exactly four days to reconstruct my thinking and at the end of those four days, because I had been given the proper tools to fix the inner works of my mind, I was then able to reconstruct what I had walked around with broken for the whole of my life.

Next was the important part, for now that I had the key in my hand, and I knew that it would not be hard to fix. I had to really look inward and realize if I really wanted it fixed. This is the key, I had to really decide whether or not I would later regret this decision to let go of a habit that I had felt comfort from, a habit that I had learned to love to do, was I going to regret giving this up, or not. This was the scariest part for me. Once I made up my mind, it was so very easy from that point on. I did really want it gone.

Again, I can reassure you, the rest was so easy. In the remaining four days that I actually followed the plan that my doctor gave me,I did not change at all the habits I had. I continued to drink as I felt I wanted to, I did not notice any difference until the morning of the fifth day. I got up and went to the store and bought my beer for the day, and when I got home, opened one up, and took a long sip. I cannot describe to you how it tasted to me. I set it down, for it tasted foul. I have not picked another one up since. It does not appeal to me to this day, and that was a long nine years ago.

I have not regretted quitting, although sometimes when I watch others drink I can remember how I felt. It was not hard, and I haven't missed it a bit....and I thank God for the man he sent my way to show me that it only had to be my decision, for there were tools that worked.

Comments

Submit a Comment

  • ddsurfsca profile imageAUTHOR

    deb douglas 

    8 years ago from Oxnard

    Thanks for the compliments, but to be honest, it was not at all difficult. I quit smoking jan. first, and that was also not a problem. One of the tricks, is if you slip up and backslide, don't pile the guilt on just pick it up where you left off and continue. The doctor gave me some self brainwashing techniques, and it made it so easy I feel ashamed for struggling for so long....My whole family is so addiction prone that I felt hopeless, but I managed to put down heroin, drinking, cocaine, and now smokes. If you like I can give you the same tips he gave me and see if they work for you.

  • profile image

    HOLLYWOODHYPE 

    8 years ago from Brisbane QUEENSLAND

    Congratulations you've earned it. I myself am 12 1/2 years clean and sober and I still have days when I can taste what a sharp glass of Vodka would taste like. Mostly these days though it's the smokes. I gave them up on 1 Jan 10. There nearly as bad as the bloody Heroin, just less messy. I hope you stop and give yourself a pat on the back every so often. You deserve it. Barbra-Lee

working

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

Show Details
Necessary
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Features
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Marketing
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Statistics
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)