An Open Letter To The Struggling Addict

 
 
 
 
                                                                                
substance abuse and drug addiction
A day in the life....

A day in the life of an addict is something I would never wish on anyone. It is a dark and lonely path. I remember a big reason why I wouldn't let go was because of the detox process. If you have never experienced a drug induced withdrawl, imagine having the flu, but this flu hurts so bad it makes you want to die, and this flu can be "cured temporarily" all you have to do is get high. This is the never ending cycle that I kept myself in for almost 10 years. The thing about us addicts is that as much as we wish for a better life, we stay stuck in the cycle of addiction. It is a cunning disease. On one hand you want to quit, you want something better, and on the other you can't! Its not as easy as saying "I'm done" its so powerful it just sucks you in over and over.
Rock Bottom.....
As J.K Rowling once said "Rock bottom became the solid foundation upon which I rebuilt my life"!No truer words have ever been spoken. I changed my life when I hit my 'Rock Bottom". The thing is, not everyone's rock bottom is the same. For some it can come after an OD, others might hit theirs  by becoming homeless or losing their children....Everyone is different. We can all agree on that, but when we become addicts I believe we all become the same. Nothing but a bunch of Drug Possessed Zombies. By the grace of God, There go I....
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"Rock Bottom became the solid foundation upon which I rebuilt my life- JK Rowling"

Detox....Ouch

I finally had no choice. I couldn't keep going. I had to stop and I had exhausted every resource. So I laid around and detoxed. It felt like this would never end, I could not see the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel. The days and nights began to blur together........Until! I started feeling "better" again. It was a beautiful thing, I had never felt so free... I could enjoy going out with out needing a drug to make me feel normal. All of a sudden, I wasn't jealous of the people driving by in their car who didn't need to get high in order to function. Finally I had become one of them; (or at least I thought)!
Falling from Cloud 9...

Your 1st year of sobriety is one to remember. You are on the most natural high there is. It is freedom, It is family and friends trusting you again. It is Cloud 9. But its not the best. The best comes after you come down from your new cloud of sobriety. It is when everything finally starts to come together. You get the Job. Then money starts to come in. You get a phone. You start making new and healthy friendships and relationships. I'm looking back now and I cant believe how far I have come. Just remember you have to give time, Time!
Hell, Happiness and everything in between...

Now I'm not going to sit here and sugar coat this. Even if you are sober, you still have to learn how to deal with life on life's terms. IT IS NOT ALWAYS RAINBOWS AND BUTTERFLIES!! Shit happens all the time, Tragedies, sadness, loneliness. But with all this comes happiness, great memories, laughter and loved ones. Remember life really is a Rollercoaster full of up and downs but if you are sober your downs will still be better than if you were still in your active addiction!

                                                                                                                      Written By: Christina Pimentel
                                                                    
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