Often as youth in difficult situations it’s hard to see past the present challenges. One that appears so often is drugs. They’re a common…

Often as youth in difficult situations it’s hard to see past the present challenges. One that appears so often is drugs. They’re a common substitute for real pleasure and youth in these cases are especially susceptible to their allure. It’s all too easy to just sink in to a routine of almost instantaneous pleasure. Having been previously addicted to drugs I can tell you it is more and more painful each and every time after you use. For me the drugs of choice were cigarettes, alcohol, and marijuana. Naively, I began them in an attempt to stifle pain only realizing too late just how painful it is to wake up after binging and how much that pain begets wanting more relief. How did I release myself of these horrid patterns? Well, first I had to come to terms and feel all the pain of what I had done to myself and others. Then I had to find something I wanted more than any of these temporary feelings. The change must begin within you though. There are no magic cures in life only work and rewards. It’s up to us what we choose as reward even if it’s truly destroying us. I know choices are difficult and it can feel like giving up the drugs means giving up companionship but if the people you care about don’t accept you sober then they really don’t care about you what so ever.
– Kevin