The Other Faces of Addiction   Leave a comment

The Other Faces of Addiction

When most people hear the word addiction, they associate it with heroin, and cocaine.  They don’t consider the facts behind addiction;  those are the other faces.  There are other people who are addicted to other things that many of us would think are harmless, which are misguided beliefs. Anything that one feels they can’t live without, that satisfies them, and gives them a sense of comfort and security,  is an addiction.

The faces behind this kind of addiction are people of all ages, and nationalities, professionals, and nonprofessionals. This kind of addiction, can trick the individual into thinking they are not addicted.  And that they are different from those who are using heroin or cocaine.  Be it heroin, cocaine, prescription drugs, caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, or others, any kind of an addiction is very serious.

My Story:

I once was addicted to crushed ice. I went to bed with a bottle of crushed ice, and I woke up with a desire for my crushed ice. I had to have my crushed ice, throughout the day, and night. I realized that this was not any different than any other addiction, and I prayed to God to help me to get rid of this addiction, and he did. It took me a while, but I defeated that overwhelming desire to have crushed ice.

My problem was so serious I would freeze a bottle of water, and wrap it against the kitchen sink, until the ice was very soft.  (That was a noisy process.)  My husband and children teased me about my ice eating habit. But that didn’t bother me, I didn’t care. The thing about any addiction is that the individual becomes insensitive to others. Crunching on ice, and making loud noises while breaking the ice into pieces in the bottle was rude, but I was addicted to crushed ice.

I didn’t realize any of those things I was doing was wrong. It all seemed harmless. In my weakness, I judged myself, and made the decision that this was O.K., because I wasn’t hurting anyone. We all have to have a spiritual awakening before we can come face to face with our weaknesses, in order for us to overcome them.

__Ellen J. Barrier

Recommended Read  Life with Father: This is a true story of a boy who grew up with an alcoholic father who he remembers to have been abusive , and neglected his family.  He tells about the domestic violence and physical and mental abuse he witnessed of  his father attacks on his mother.

Book: How to Trust God When all Other Resources Have Failed  is written by Ellen J. Barrier@ http://barriersbooks.com/ Barrier’s Books & Associates

 

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