There are many sides to addiction. Families are destroyed, people become entangled in a world that they thought they never would have. So the biggest question on a lot of minds is "How did a person become an addict?" Addiction is something that happens to other people. Right?" WRONG! First everyone should know what it means to be addicted to something. Having an addiction basically means that you are unable to stop doing a certain thing without getting help. An addiction consumes your life and ruins relationships and lives. Addictions can involve much more than drugs and alcohol. A person can become addicted to video games, television, porn, laziness and etc. You name it, and there is a 100% chance on this earth that what you do leisurely, can be toxic to someone else.
"No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other (Matthew 6:4)."
HOW DOES ADDICTION HAPPEN?
No one wakes up one morning and decides that they would like to be an addict. Usually, it is quite the opposite. The people who suffer from this illness are generally ashamed, lonely and they do not know how to stop. Having an addiction is not the typical behaviour of a human being. Addictions can stem from the following:
Peer pressure can happen to people of all ages. The term "peer" applies to anyone who is within your age group. "Pressure" is when those particular people are pushing you to do something you may not want to do. Peer pressure can become a barrier for many people, especially those who are children and young adults. At this age, children are going through hormonal changes and they are very uncomfortable with who they are.
Many times this feeling of "wanting to fit in" can lead a child into a dark world of addiction. Sometimes it only takes ONE time for someone to become an addict.
"Can a man carry fire next to his chest and his clothes not be burned (Proverbs 6:27)."
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW!
At particular age groups, EVERYONE is insecure, even the most popular and beautiful ones. If someone is pressuring you into doing something you are not comfortable with, it is best to sever the relationship completely. A true friend will never try to force you into something because they are engaging in that activity. This is usually just a case of a person who does not want to do what they know is wrong, by themselves. It is also important to understand that in certain scenarios, EVERYONE is feeling pressured and generally believe that they are the only ones who would feel left out or become the outcast.
Do not be deceived:
“Bad company ruins good morals
LACK OF PARENTAL CARE!
Life is hard, unfortunately it is even harder if a child (or adult) becomes the source of neglect from their parents. To be neglectful means that a person (parent) is not completely fulfilling the necessary needs of their child. It is very important to understand that needs and wants are not the same. For example, your child may want that extra cookie on his plate, but he or she does not need it. However, children (who grow up to be adults) need to understand and have their parents unconditional love. If this is not displayed or shown, a child will seek any type of comfort, including addiction.
Rejection is difficult for anyone to take, but the rejection of love from parent to child, is the ultimate rejection. When a child is taking drugs, it will temporarily fill the void. It almost becomes similar to comfort food, and the person is generally not aware when they have reached a level of addiction.
"Teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age (Matthew 28:20).”
ABUSE OF ANY KIND
(Physical, Sexual, Mental..etc)
This should be something that every person should know. If you speak hatred, or treat them lower than dirt, eventually that person will begin to believe it. Being surrounded by negative feedback constantly, is not healthy. It destroys lives and it creates voids and empty spaces that have the possibility of healing, but generally not, because the victim begins to hide behind an addiction instead of seeking help. In their mind, their addiction soothes the pain.
Mental illness can cover a variety of areas from depression to bipolar disorder and more. Many people who are struggling with mental illness do not know or understand what is happening to them. Mental illness is not a choice. Many who have problems associated with mental illness, often inherit it. In other words, mental illness has a very high tendency to run within families. Naturally, abusing drugs can become a crutch, numbing out the emotional pain and baggage that comes with being mentally ill. It is very unfortunate, but we still live in an age where mental illness has not been fully acknowledged and accepted. If an individual announces (even to close friends and family member) that they have a mental disorder, people can become distant and act as though mental illness is contagious. During these moments where the victim feels distraught and alone, many turn towards an addiction. Sadly, most of the homeless people on the street today suffer from a form of mental illness.
Coping with addiction
STORY OF HOPE!
WHAT IS ADDICTION?
BECAUSE THEY HAVE TO!
At some given point, your body will begin to cling to the addiction, meaning that you do not cling to what you are addicted to because you want to, but because you HAVE TO. In the case of many drug related incidents, if a drug addict suddenly stops taking their drugs, they will get very sick and their is a strong possibility of death by withdrawal. This is why it is imperitive for someone to seek medical attention if they are trying to get off certain drugs. If you or someone you know has gotten to this point, it is you GET HELP IMMEDIATELY! Going down this journey can only lead to a road no one desires to be on.
"No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it
Written By: Te-Shandra Haskett, MBA
Author's Note: A person who has an addiction problem is not necessarily a bad person. Sometimes people go through experiences and the only way they know how to handle it is through their addiction. There are many other ways that can attribute to a person becoming addicted, however, the ones that are listed above, are the conditions and stories that go untold....