This is my story. From addiction at age 14, to rehab, to recovery and beyond. I was a medicated kid, lost in the system, and looking for a way out. When I entered my teen years, drugs and alcohol became my medication.
I didn’t need medication, I needed medicine.
Addiction is hard to escape. It claims many lives, and those who do get out alive are bruised and scarred, and will never be the same. Most addiction recovery models teach that an addict can never recover. But that's not the whole story.
Our culture’s language tells us that there are good addictions like exercise, healthy diet, or work - and there are bad ones like drugs, alcohol, and gambling.
That isn’t the whole story. When we look at what addiction really is, the comparison doesn’t add up.
You are probably not addicted to coffee. That might sound like a bold statement coming from someone who hasn’t seen how bad you crave coffee every morning, but that’s only because in our society, we have some drastic misunderstandings of what an addiction is...