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.