Updated: Sep 29, 2019
Addiction, it has been said, is a disease of loneliness. Even in a crowd someone struggling with alcoholism or drug abuse feels apart. Substance abuse masks that seperation, but sobering up brings it back and too often brings along regret and worse as companions. Those around the addict try to help, but rarely are able to bridge the emotional gap.That is why nearly all recovery counselors are in recovery themselves. Having that extra 'knowing' allows for a connection that is vital to the process of healing. I have been priviledged to make that connection thousands of times in the last 30 years. During my career I have seen many people emerge from alcohol rehab or drug rehab and move forward into a life that goes somewhere. If you are struggling with substance abuse right now, please know...you are NOT alone. You may fear letting go of substance abuse, but the release feels magnificent when it is done.
Michael O'Neal, LCDC is the author of "I Just Want To Be Normal"- The ReNova Method Of Recovery. Available on ABE Books & Amazon Kindle & Paperback.