Don’t Wait for the Miracle
—Go Find It
Addiction robs a person of so much in life. The joys of simple pleasures and hobbies; the warmth that comes from healthy relationships; the fulfillment that comes from being successful in life; the peace that comes from having high integrity and aiming to do the right thing—the list goes on. And as these qualities dissipate and are replaced by a constant chase for the next fix to make the pain go away—a pain that has been caused by the very thing being chased—life starts to feel less and less worth living. It’s an all-too-familiar scene in society today—families and friends watching the once bright light that shone through their loved one turn to darkness. The cloud that hovers over an addict is often dreary and miserable and all who witness this yearn for the sun to come out once more.
It’s no surprise that those who do find the light again often feel like they have experienced a miracle and the fact that the prodigal son or daughter has overcome adversity and returned home is an empowering and wonderful feeling.
Having gone through addiction myself with all the attendant pain, suffering, disappointment and feelings of hopelessness, those experiences of being completely lost in this world, and then finding my way again have given me a confidence and peace about my life today that I’m certain wasn’t present before I started using drugs. It also gives me pause, because there are so many still out there—addicts and their loved ones alike—yearning for that miracle to happen and wondering when or if the time will ever come for them.
If you are reading this and you fit into that category, I can assure you the time for your miracle to happen is right now. When it comes to addiction, no other time frame is logical. If you’re waiting for rock bottom, stop and decide that things have gone far enough and the bottom stops right here, right now. If you believe that there’s nothing you can do until the addict you love decides they want help, then reevaluate your position and do everything in your power to make sure that your loved one receives help now. Reach out, start making calls and find a plan that will give the addict in your life the nudge required to get the help they so desperately need. The fact is that If you’re waiting for an addict to have a moment of clarity, you are playing a game of Russian roulette and just living in hope that whatever “bottom” comes their way and causes this clarity is something they can come back from without the gun going off.
“The miracle on the other side isn’t something you wait for, it’s something you go get at all costs….”
If that last part sounds harsh, it should. For every addict that has faced down and overcome their addiction, experienced their miracle, and is alive today to tell about it, there are countless others out there who have been left with the grief of losing a loved one to addiction.
If this message has reached you and you or someone you know is struggling, the miracle on the other side isn’t something you wait for, it’s something you go get at all costs and with all the effort and means necessary. Nothing is more valuable than life, and nothing is more worth the tears, pain and suffering it may take now to do all that is necessary, than a life freed from addiction. If you or anyone you know is seeking help, please reach out.
Justin P —Narconon Suncoast Graduate