Help for the addicted…..

by Rod Smith

Open Hand can help you help yourself out of your addiction

Addiction is no picnic. The substance, or the activity, and the accompanying shame begin to rule. It (alcohol, “pot”, gambling, illicit sexual behavior, you name it) can take over a person’s life and make a beggar out of anyone. The shakes, cravings, preoccupations with the drugs, drinks, over-the-counter drugs, or gambling, then becomes central to a life hastily easing out of control. Relationships are threatened, jobs are on the line, and children’s nerves, simply as a product of exposure to addictions, are shattered.

And there is hope. There is hope for the man or woman who wants out from under the heavy rule of illegal substances or alcohol. There is hope for the adult who wants to live without drinking, that wants to be present and sober for his or her children while the children are growing. I’ve seen it many times: a man or a woman has been shocked into the realization that his or her lifestyle is no longer productive and drinking and drunkenness has all but consumed the person while also killing the marriage.

Let me have your story by Email that I may assist you in finding the hope you need and the help you might think you need in overcoming your addiction.

4 Comments to “Help for the addicted…..”

  1. Hi Rod,
    I find it interesting that this was your post on the eve of my 24th birthday. Addiction is something relatively new to my life… or at least my conscience awareness of it is. About two years ago, I was introduced to methamphetamine… it was an instant and very intense relationship. I finally felt like the happy-go-lucky, social, fun-loving girl I used to be had found a way to come out again. I fell in love with the culture, too. In the Indianapolis Meth circle, there are only two degrees of separation… I loved hearing the stories, meeting the people and watching from a safe distance all the things that these crazy people were doing. I eventually started cutting out friends one by one… then what few family members went, too. I went to work everyday and made sure the few bills I had were paid — then the rest of the time I spent getting high.
    Two months ago, I was kicked out of my friend’s house, then the vehicle I had worked hard to purchase from my friends and dealer was “repo’d” right before my last payment and resold… two weeks after that, I up and quit my job. I know that I need to quit doing meth… but I can’t because I honestly don’t want to. I don’t blame the drug for the problems in my life because I am the one that created them… What do you do for an addict that doesn’t necessarily want to quit being an addict? How do you find the root of your pain? How do you react when you have no emotions left??

  2. Hey Rod,

    I know what you do to a addict that does not want to quit, you will have a family reunion at for local funeral home for all the people that love you and they burying you.

    You say it not the meth but reading your post, let’s see: you lost your friends, lost your Job, Lost your Car. I guess this all because you just one day got and said I’m gonna derail my life and live on the street with the people that only want to get High with me, and screw the people that really mean anything. GOOD CALL bro,

    You are completely in control I see, but you will be dieing soon if you don’t stop. Read my blog,

    • Well, it’s too bad, then, that I won’t have anyone to come and see my at my funeral… Thanks for such solid advice, “bro”

  3. Hey my Brother, did not mean to sound mean but you have to take some personal responsablity for your action, I was only saying if you stay on the road your on It’s very possible that you will die, I do not like to my fellow humans die. These types of addictions kill people, so please seek out help any where you can find it. I have some great articles and ebook that can educate anyone and also get into some support program. I’m in AA myself and it has saved my life. Good Luck my Friend

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