As we near the Fourth of July holiday to celebrate the freedoms we enjoy as Americans, it is also a time to reflect on what freedoms we take for granted. Most drug and alcohol addicts use in excess to achieve a desired effect. The euphoria produced by the addictive substance allows the user to escape their reality and feel good for a short period of time.
For addicts, the cycle of guilt and avoidance of that guilt only compounds the longer they are addicted. After a certain period of time, the drugs and alcohol will turn on the user. They either stop producing the high, no longer help the user avoid the guilt, or start causing other serious issues.
Many people think that addicts just “don’t care” or “don’t think” about the problems their addiction causes. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. Addicts spend a tremendous amount of time thinking about how their addiction is affecting their loved ones.
The short amount of happiness experienced by addicts isn’t real, but rather a chemical manifestation of emotion veiling the torment and guilt they feel inside. Many addicts want freedom from addiction but have reached a point where their bodies deny them of that freedom. The choice to stop drinking or using drugs is ripped away from them, and they are often helpless to recover alone.
Freedom from addiction is possible but isn’t always an easy path to take. Treatment facilities and sober living homes like Talbot House can place an addict in the right supportive environment for them. Not everyone will understand or be willing to understand the difficult road an addict must take to achieve freedom from addiction. Sober living homes can help an addict learn the skills it takes to walk the path of life long sobriety.
If you or someone you know is seeking freedom from addiction, please call us at (662) 255-7533.