When someone says the word, addiction, what comes to mind? Do you see some drugged up thief who is lying in wait to steal all of your stuff? Do you think of a drunk lying in the gutter? Do you think they are a weak minded person? Are they mentally competent? I mean, there sure is a plethora of stereotypes about addiction out there.
I have been watching a show called Intervention. It is a fascinating subject, addiction, and the show has opened my mind up to the fact that addictions cross all socioeconomic boundaries. One may be hooked on heroin, another one alcohol. Unfortunately, the results for those around the person are fairly familiar. You see, the addicted person is by nature a selfish person. They are not worried about anyone but themselves. They certainly do not think their problems affect anyone but them. I know, crazy huh?
I mean, how can you live in the home of an alcoholic and NOT be affected by it? It is impossible, unless you are one of those people who can block out unpleasantness by pretending all is fine. As a matter of fact, this pretending is a normal reaction for many people living with an addict. It is how they cope with it, by acting like all is well and fine. They can do that for quite some time but at some point, they realize that all is not normal and their “perfect” life is a sham. Some figure it out sooner than others but ultimately most all reach this point.
Addiction is defined as : (thank you Merriam Webster)