We can help when no one else can......
There’s something about the nature of the suffering I endured as an addict/alcoholic that helped my understanding of the suffering of others. In today’s society I don’t believe most folks can innately understand it like we addicts and alcoholics do. We have built in capacities for compassion and empathy, after having endured the pain of a life lived in active substance use, and finally seeing the world through our lens of the recovery process.
During my heroin use, I had experiences on the streets where there were collective efforts by our “junkie” subculture to help one another get well.......just because we all knew the nature of feeling dopesick, compounded with the 4 horsemen of terror, bewilderment, frustration and fear.
3.5 years later, it’s still fresh. I still have dope dreams, I still have cravings, but I’m no longer delusional about getting any lasting relief through substances.
I still see the folks coming into our recovery programs fresh out of the research and development labs, and I know that place all too well. In the rooms, whether it be 12 step programs, therapeutic courts, Refuge Recovery or whatever you’ve held on to that’s worked, we get to be that necessary supportive community that welcomes them with no expectations, free from judgement, come as they are. So we can warmly offer what was so freely given to us.
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