Once upon a time, the fabled “sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll” lifestyle used to the aspiration of many a young man or woman. Believe me, drugs and/or alcohol can actually stop you being able to do one of the other two, and sometimes both. This article is designed to inform you of just how difficult and unhealthy that may become.
Addiction is an incurable disease. It can be managed, but you can never truly be done with it. For nearly 15 years, I abused both drugs and alcohol. I have been in recovery for a little over a decade. I’ve been in control of my addiction for almost as long as it has controlled me. However, I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t a daily struggle to maintain that control.
Here are 7 things an addict, like I once was, wish you knew. They will be great knowledge for you and an amazing way to support anyone you know that may be going through an addiction.
Even though alcohol is the most commonly addictive substance used in the United States, there are many facts about it you may still not know or be confused about. For example, have you ever asked yourself how long does alcohol stay in your system? Did you know alcohol abuse and alcohol addiction are different things?
Nine years ago I was a completely different person to the successful entrepreneur I am today. Looking at me, you’d never guess that I was trapped in the iron grip of alcoholism and basically ruining my life, destroying my career and causing pain to those I loved. It was a shock to my family when they realized they were dealing with a high functioning alcoholic.
Though we tend to perceive every type of drug consumption as the same, it’s important to establish some differences between drug addiction and drug abuse. Learning to distinguish them, attributing a name and a meaning to each type of consumption will help us understand and identify if you or a loved one is suffering from either drug abuse or drug addiction.