Sunday, August 21, 2016

Addicted

In my job, nearly all of the clients with whom I work are struggling, or have struggled in the past, with addiction.  Though I've had my own bouts with it throughout my lifetime, I have often minimized my struggles as being somehow less than an "addiction" problem.  My two biggest Goliaths have always been smoking cigarettes or drinking too much alcohol, both substances that are widely available and completely legal.  Most of my clients, on the other hand, doggedly battle against other foes.   Meth.  Heroine.  Cocaine.  You know, the "hard stuff." Until this last year I saw myself in a different boxing match than them, but what I've since discovered as I daily fight the urge to smoke, is that addiction is addiction and the struggle against one drug or habit is no less real than the other. Merriam Webster defines it as "a strong and harmful need to regularly have something (such as a drug) or do something (such as gamble)." Seems the heroine addict and nicotine addict aren't so different.  Both are addicted.