Thankyou for your article.

Addiction is a tyranny of being. It was only when I turned 40, six-years ago, that I determined to overcome mine.

I have no family, so at least there were no siblings or parents to suffer the burden and abide with me. But, for sure, I damaged many relationships and friendships. Moreover, I squandered much of my potential.

In the end, I was left with one friend. I feel truly blessed, as he has stuck by me through everything, and he continues to love and support me. I would likely have ended my life, were it not for his patience and perseverance.

Nowadays there is a lot of external support (fellowships, etc.) for addicts. And there is always permission to hope.

The words of Victor Frankl, a holocaust survivor, are well to bear in mind: “Everything can be taken from a man except one thing, namely the freedom to consciously choose his attitude in any given circumstance.” Of course, this is far easier said than done.

Aries; chess enthusiast/teacher; agent of consciousness. Words belong to those who use them, only till someone else steals them back!

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