Article Posted on the Windward Way Blog
by Daniel Maurer
*Note: I'm swimming in work! (That's a good thing, but frustrating for a blogger.) So, we'll change things up a bit on TIR and let you in on a bit more of my "backstory." This piece has a link on the bottom to read the full article. - DDM
I began my “career” in drinking and taking opioid prescription drugs regularly, relatively late in life.
However, looking back on my usage when I was still in high school, I see now that I had the makings of a problem drinker and regular drug abuser from the very beginning.
The fact is drug addiction and alcoholism both have a genetic component to them. Research is still ongoing, and medical science continues to reveal new discoveries about the roots of addiction. For now, we do know a person’s genes play some part in the addiction process.
Back in the day, I worked hard to hide my substance use, because I knew what I was doing wasn’t “right.” Others are much less clandestine about their substance use than I had been. However, this behavior is no less damaging than a person who is trying to conceal their usage.
Since alcohol or drug use is a behavior, many parents make the foregone conclusion that if Zach or Josh would “just quit,” everything would work out fine.
It’s not that simple, though. I wish it were!
In fact, because of the complexity of addiction, it’s easy for parents of an addicted son, spouse, or friend to make assumptions about how best to address the problem. These myths seem to persist.
It’s time to address and dispel the myths surrounding addiction, head on.
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About the Author
Daniel D. Maurer is the head wazoo keeper of all this transformational at TIR! He's also a freelance writer, which means that his time writing is claiming more and more of his time. However, he's now about to panic, because knowing that stories of personal change will keep on flowing, you're in for the good stuff, for the long haul!