There seems to be a strong positive relationship between a person’s lack of direction in life and alcoholism and/or drug addiction. That is, the more a person fails to find his way in life, the more he is likely to become an addict.
Although it appears to be a “contradictory” statement, this also means the following: the less a person knows how he is going to make a living and what he is going to do with his life, the greater the likelihood that he will become an addict.
Recovering Addicts Who Saw the Light
Why does this make sense? Think about how many recovering addicts look back on the day they got sober as a time when they “saw the light” as if it were a sign from providence telling them that they should spend the rest of their lives spreading the word about the dangers of addiction and about the virtues of getting and staying “clean and sober.”
Does this also mean that people who have a very clear cut and realistic direction in life are less likely to become an addict? Perhaps to a certain extent but not necessarily.
Lose Yourself So You Can Find Yourself?
What it does mean, however, is this. If you are lost in life and don’t have a clue where you are headed, one way to find this direction is to become a drug or an alcohol addict, experience the destruction that results from your disease firsthand, get treatment, and become sober.
Then your next step will be to go on the “lecture circuit” telling others about the harm of addiction and the peace and fulfillment you have experienced by becoming drug and/or alcohol-free.
In short, purposely lose yourself so that you can find yourself.
Let me be clear. this is NOT a “game plan” that I endorse. Whether it has been consciously or unconsciously conceived, however, this “plan of action” certainly has worked for many recovering addicts.
Whether or not you lose yourself in problem drinking or drug abuse so that you can find yourself in rehab, the key point is this: the more that a person engages in drug and/or alcohol abuse, the more likely it is that he or she will become an addict. If this describes you, be honest with yourself and admit that you have a drug or a drinking problem.
Once you have taken this step, consider making it a priority to talk with a drug or an alcohol abuse professional about getting rehab as soon as possible.