Addiction and its Casualities

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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)

1 : the quality or state of being addicted <addiction to reading>
2: compulsive need for and use of a habit-forming substance (as heroin, nicotine, or alcohol) characterized by tolerance and by well-defined physiological symptoms upon withdrawal;broadly : persistent compulsive use of a substance known by the user to be harmful
Ok, so now we know what addiction is, what do you do if you have someone in your life who has an addiction? That is a tricky subject indeed. Having lived in a home with an addiction, it is difficult at best to describe the overwhelming helplessness that you feel because you LOVE that person and genuinely do not want them to get hurt. What would you do in this situation? It is a thought provoking question indeed.
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6 thoughts on “Addiction and its Casualities

  1. Could someone in the Medical Profession please contact me with a opinion on this man’s neurological condition

    The Harsh Reality of Drug Addiction richardmclaughlin007 — January 18, 2009 — after 11 months of sobriety from drug addiction, in 7 short days this man hits the depths of despair and insanity.

    This video’s was shot in Vancouver’s downtown eastside by the narrator and is quite extreme, It shows how common place and and readily available drugs are and how people can succumb to a extreme physical reaction from lack of sleep, nutrition and dehydration. This video was made for many different reasons, one being educational the other as mentioned earlier it’s common place here in Vancouver, in any other city or town in North America this man would have received immediate medical attention but here in Vancouver both the police and ambulance just drive by.

    This man was spotted two hours later sleeping on a concrete curb as his pillow.

    Both the narrator and producer of this video have had spent many years struggling with addiction and have spent hard time in Vancouver’s “NOTORIOUS” downtown eastside.

    Today they have escaped and are clean and sober and now dedicate there lives to those who still suffer from “THE HARSH REALITY OF ADDICTION”

    • I agree pactso addiction is a disease and needs to be addressed as one. The only way they get help is with a whole lot of $$$$ and that is wrong.

      • Addiction can ruin many families and life. It does not affect just the addicted person, but everyone around them as well. I read an interesting article last week that I will post in a bit. Hope it helps! Jen

  2. I have a brother who is a heroine addict and we tried everything even an intervention, no luck. The addict must want help or else there is no hope.

    • Hello Judy!
      I totally understand the help part. When help is offered and they do not take it, it is a sad thing indeed. I know I can do nothing in the equation. Alanon has helped me to separate myself from it as much as I can. It is sad to see a beautiful human being go to such waste. Thanks for your comment!
      Jen

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