Unless someone is directly involved with an addict in some way, it is difficult to understand that the sad words, pictures and lives are for real.
It hits home when we, or someone we love becomes addicted to drugs. The misery and the worry that go along with loving a drug abuser goes way beyond the pictures and the words, it cuts right through to the heart. There is drug abuse help; the problem is that it is so hard to ask for. Often the addict cannot or will not do it and it is up to a loved one. The loved one may feel awkward as though they are betraying the addict, but they are not. They may be saving their life.
Every day, whether we recognize them for what they are or not, drug addicts and alcoholics teach children at school, treat patients at hospitals, prepare our meals and perform other daily tasks. For others, they may be the people who sleep in doorways or under porches; they may be the ones begging for money outside of the supermarket or the ones toting little children through downtown streets hoping to find a place to stay. The people in the first example very easily become the people in the second example but they usually cause a lot of damage before they do.
Drug abuse help is not the easy road. The good news is, those who get help for their addictions often have longer, healthier and happier lives than those who don’t. Help can’t come to your door uninvited.
It simply takes a phone call.
A phone call made to someone who understands where you’ve been, where you are and where you want to go. The earlier drug abuse help is sought, the better. However, no matter what stage of addiction, help is possible. Addicts often do not see how low they have gone.
Many times, it is a friend or loved one who makes that first call. As long as the call is made, help is possible. No one wakes up in the morning with the intent of becoming a drug abuser or an alcoholic. The only way to get back to the top is to seek help.