So one of my main goals is to try and change how everyone sees those with addiction. If we can change how we as a society see addiction, then we can also change how we treat, punish, and help with addiction as well.
Most people look at addiction in the mindset that if they could stop using drugs, they will be OK again. Here is how and why that isn't the case:
When a medic rolls up onto an accident, and the person is bleeding ... will they be OK once the medic gets the blood stopped? (once they stop taking drugs)
1. What about internal injuries? (the damage done by many years of drug use)
2. What about spinal injuries? (the damaged caused by moving them from their current environment)
3. What about a concussion? (their inability to think clearly and rationally)
4. What about shock? (their inability to see the real dangers of whats happening)
5. What about infection? (the chance for relapse because of outside influence)
6. What about debris in the wound? (the driving factor for the addiction, remembering that the drugs and alcohol are just symptoms of whats really going on)
7. What about the gas leaking around them? (the dangers of their living environment)
8. What about a blocked air way? (their current poor diet, and health habits)
9. What about secondary wounds you haven't found? (their co-occurring disorders like depression, anxiety, sleep issues, anger issues, PTSD, and the like.
10. What about aspiration (the extreme detox that could kill in some cases)
11. What about if they flat-line and need CPR (their need for outside assistance until they are able to sustain a healthy lifestyle on their own)
Just some thoughts to help people better understand the true impact of addiction.
So there is a quick question to think about. Why is it that we can be tired and in pain in the gym yet still push for a few more reps ... but when we are outside those gym doors we tend to stop. We won't even get out of bed because "we are tired".
In the gym, we will try a new weight. If it goes up great, if not then we will try again next week. Yet outside the gym, we are so afraid of failing that we won't even try new things.
In the gym we are apt to go up to someone that has a body or body part that we would like to have, and ask that person what they do/did to get it that way. Yet in the 'real world' we balk against information from other sources for a variety of reasons.
If we could just keep the gym mentality outside the gym, we could create a much better life for ourselves!
Just food for thought! Have a great day!
Who am I?
I have been called "Sirthinkalot" and "The mender of souls." I am an addiction specialist and a full-time psychology student on the way to Dr. Davis in clinical psychology. I am currently crusading for the expedited paradigm shift in addiction recovery!