If you have ever had an alcohol or drug addiction (or have a family member who has suffered from an alcohol addiction) then you can understand how destructive addictions are. Most people who are trying to deal with addictions attempt to quit multiple times before they are successful. Ultimately, some people are never freed from their addiction. You may be able to go out and have a drink after work with no negative impact on your life; however, a lot of people have trouble controlling their use of alcohol and it eventually destroys them and their family’s lives. In my time working with the homeless, I’ve been beside multiple people who have died because of their addictions. I have to say it is one of the saddest things I have to do when I sit beside a homeless person whose body is now shutting down because of the abuse of drugs and alcohol. They often suffer alone until the end of their lives. I wish there was some way to go back in time to show them this picture before their first drink. Most people who suffer from a drug and alcohol addiction don’t want to use, but the addiction has taken over control of their life. You can get to a point that you no longer make decisions: your addiction does.
This is why PiN’s recovery groups is so important to help support people as they are dealing with addictions. Trying to deal with an addiction by yourself in private is often a losing battle. Even when someone has a loving, supportive family, it is tough to deal with an addiction issue. When you don’t have that support network it makes it even tougher. I’ve have seen so many people struggle with their addictions. They want to stop, but they just can’t seem to find a way out. PiN wants to help walk with people as they are dealing with these issues. The coolest thing is once someone starts to live life addiction free, you see a person who has a new lease on life.
However, that doesn’t happen over night. It takes time and love.