The last day I smoke cigarettes was on August 1st 2015, that’s 54 days today. At a pack a day that is 1080 cigarettes not smoked, and in the state of NY at ten dollars a pack that is $540 not wasted. All positive things, and for the MOST part I don’t miss it. Every once in a while I have an urge but on the whole – I think maybe this is finally my TIME to quit.
Thinking about that, and dealing with some issues of others that I know lately with different addictions makes me ponder the ridiculousness of our addictions and how our minds/bodies work. Honestly WHY would I want a cigarette? Stinks, expensive, nasty, bad for my health, makes breathing hard, will kill me ~ yet there is something in me that craves it. Key points about addiction:
- Addiction involves craving for something intensely, loss of control over its use, and continuing involvement with it despite adverse consequences.
- Addiction changes the brain, first by subverting the way it registers pleasure and then by corrupting other normal drives such as learning and motivation.
- Although breaking an addiction is tough, it can be done.
Another young man died this past week – heroin overdose – someone my son got high with on occasion. Addiction – changes the brain, priorities are no longer understood, the addict in his/her prime does not see or experience the world in same way we do.
Before you judge, before you write them off, before you “look down on them” remember a few things, they are someone’s daughter/son/mother/brother/friend and they were not ALWAYS the person you see before you today, they do not CHOOSE the addiction the addiction owns them in ways you will never understand, if you reach out to them instead of step on them you MIGHT be the moment that makes a difference in their life, we are ALL addicts ~ your addiction might be drugs ~ but it might be food ~ or reality t.v. ~ or newports ~ or that bad for you lover that you JUST can’t leave alone so before you “discard” the one you see as an “addict” take a good hard look at all side of every coin involved and make a choice to be HUMAN and have some COMPASSION ~ you really may be the difference in someone’s life.
****DISCLAIMER ~ I am in no way advocating being an enabler for an addict in your life, I am firmly rooted against that. I’m talking in more general terms of not “judging” and “discarding” everyone you meet who is battling addiction (clean or not) and writing them off as human waste ~ they are HUMAN BEINGS that’s all I’m saying! Have a great day – thanks for stopping by!