EVERY ADDICT NEEDS TO BE SEEN AS A WORTHY HUMAN BEING

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Looking in the eyes of any addict you’ll find tears, fear, hurt, anger, disgrace and, most of all, despair.

We have shed many tears because of our families’, friends’ and society’s fear and shame of our disease. I know most people don’t want to hear or see or get involved.

We come from all walks of life. Some of us live on the streets, some in posh homes. Most of us are your neighbors, friends or family members. What we all have in common are the struggles of addiction, of mental illness and of living one day at a time, one minute at a time.

The huge step we take is to ask for help and the lifetime acceptance that we are hostages of our addictions.

Addiction comes in many forms: drugs, alcohol, gambling, sex, shopping, hoarding, etc. It is any uncontrollable obsession to use or do almost anything.

Addicts also fight the battle of mental illness and the closed-door attitude and stigma because of the embarrassment we feel.

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