Cassandra37: Do addicts dream of more than the next fix?
Addicts dream like all people held in a position against their will of freedom. They dream of not having something so small and so easily dismissed by others have such power over them. Addicts dream of safety. Addicts dream of having the inner strength to say no. Addicts dream of being treated like a real person not a piece of human waste not worthy of being saved. Addicts dream of moving on and beyond the daily horrors their lives have become. They dream of someone anyone showing them they have the strength to overcome. Addicts dream of once again being welcomed into the society that rejects them so strongly. They dream of something besides addiction filling that gaping hole in their life. Addicts dream of being complete on their own. Addicts dream of no more or less than a person in a situation beyond their control. Addicts dream of hope and freedom. Who are we to deny such dreams?
Sirenhead00: As an addict myself, I dream about being comfortable in my own skin. About having meaningful relationships with people who are good for me to be around. The stigma around addicts is fuelled by the media who demonize an addict as being a horrible person with no morals, who are incapable of feeling any emotion. We feel 100 times more than normal people. Unfortunately we're incapable of dealing with it and that's why we turn to drugs or other vices
btrickinya03: That is the most compassionate outlook on such a demonized yet important subject. Thank you i needed to read this.
Blackshoes: Addicts can get help and forgiveness', all the have to do is to move towards the light of Jesus At the bottom of a pit all one should do is look up', and stop denying that rope of help that always there!
Never forget the early bird gets the worm God doesn't throw the worms into the nest
(Edited by Blackshoes)
AretoNyx: For those of other religions and nonreligious views there is still help. Why blame those that are addicts as it does not help but hopefully many get support they need.
rich_beatty: Iv been recovering from addiction since January 1984. Yes I’m that old. I can’t believe how my life has changed. I became a heath care professional in 1991, an RN. I instantly gain a lot of respect and attention from the opposite sex. I was also sexually compulsive, in remission since 1989. Because my higher power freed me from the control of addiction I’ve been a success professionally. I found my soul mate in 1995, married and seas blessed with children. Now grand and great grand children. I’m still an addict. If I forget that I will loose everything I’ve gained. I wish I could hug all people in recovery right now. I love and need you all. We are the products of god grace and mercy.
Sirenhead00: I've been battling with addiction since the year 2000 and I gotta say that I'm exhausted. Physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. I was stuck in a nightmare that I couldn't wake up from. I tried everything to get clean and stay clean but nothing worked. Many times I thought about suicide because my life had become completely unmanageable. I was powerless over my disease and because of that I absolutely hated myself. I thought that I had a moral deficiency. I suffered for so long because I was too scared to ask for help. I battled with the disease alone and I didn't tell anyone what was going on because I was ashamed. I thought my family would disown me if they found out. I didn't believe in God back then so I had nobody to lean on. Then one day when I hit rock bottom for the thousandth time, I decided to go to rehab for the first time and at that rehab they took us to narcotics anonymous meetings. Meetings are a big part of my life today and I have a loving relationship with God today. I came out of rehab a week ago and I used last night. As I write this, I'm absolutely devastated because I thought I had it this time. I was doing everything right and it still wasn't enough. I was desperate to stay clean but as soon as it was offered to me, I broke just like I have every other time. I wish I could tell you that I'm a success story but I'm far from it. I just wonder what do I have to do to get this. I just feel like such a failure. I carry around alot of shame. I just want to be normal. Anyone who thinks that addiction is a choice is completely delusional and very uneducated not to mention ignorant. Addicts are human beings and they are worthy of love and compassion. In fact they need more love and compassion than non addicts do because we're severely damaged and traumatized. I've seen what happens when an addict finds recovery and it's a beautiful thing. Unfortunately I'll probably never know what life is like in recovery but any addict can get clean and live a long, healthy life and be a productive member of society. Please stop the stigma. Addiction doesn't discriminate. It could be your friend, your brother or sister, your children. I've lost friends to this disease and it's heartbreaking. None of them chose to die. I sure as hell didn't choose this life. Yes I made the decision all those years ago to stick a needle in my arm but I didn't think that I'd ever have a habit. I made a choice to try everything once but I didn't choose to be sick when I didn't have any heroin. It was like I started digging a hole and the more I tried to escape the further I fell. Drugs should be decriminalised and the billions spent on the war against drugs should go into rehabilitation and services to help addicts get clean
njc4041: I have been in successful sustained recovery for over 8 years. In that time I went back to school and obtained my doctorate degree. I have taken a ton of trainings. I now train others on peer support. I run a recovery community organization. I finally found the purpose for my existence. It took years of pain but today I do have a relatively amazing life.
Sirenhead00: Hey that's awesome to see you come back from this disease. Not many of us addicts make it. Like the odds aren't nowhere near in our favour. It gives me some glimmer of hope when I read a story on here with a happy ending. I really needed some inspiration today because I'm struggling a little bit at the moment. I'm trying to stay positive but it's hard when you're in the grip of addiction after seeing what I could have if I could just not pick up no matter what but I couldn't hang on anymore. and now all of a sudden, I managed to find a new dealer which is probably what I didn't need because now there's gonna be alot of temptation. I'm trying to reenact the feeling I was feeling pre going to rehab. I know it was bad but I couldn't remember just how broken I was
YGR33: In this case, addicts should know that there are those of us who understand them and are fully available to listen and help them. A serious mistake that an addicted person could make is to think that everyone rejects them.