By Beverly Conyers
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Only later did I begin to see that we shared no common ground, that it was impossible for us to communicate because she had lost touch with everyday reality, and that my daughter had, in fact, become a stranger. ” One mother of an addict said to me with tears in her eyes, “What a terrible disease this is. ” What they mean is that the addicts no longer seem to care about anything but their drug of choice, that they have become untrustworthy, and that their value system seems bizarre or nonexistent.
As John explained it, when he started getting serious about getting clean, he often felt like two people: the good father who wanted to do right by his kids and the addict who cared only about getting high. ” Whether it’s a beast inside or a monkey on the back, 39 40 Addict in the Family addiction has the power to wipe out reason, willpower, and good intentions. This condition is not a figment of their imagination. Addiction works by actually altering normal brain functioning. In its simplest terms, addiction can be viewed as a combination of two circumstances: physical dependence, or tolerance, which may, but does not necessarily, produce withdrawal symptoms, and obsessive thinking, which causes the addict’s life to revolve around the use of alcohol or other drugs.
She said, “One of the marchers had a mustache like a guy I used to get high with. I started to shake. The mind senses boredom, loneliness, guilt, fear, anxiety, or other unpleasant feelings and, for substance abusers, instantly identifies the remedy as alcohol or other drugs. ” 49 50 Addict in the Family Jane described a painful breakup of an important relationship by saying, “There was this lump in my throat, like my heart was in my throat. ” Ironically, happy feelings can also trigger cravings because the greedy brain wants to intensify the good feelings.
Addict In The Family: Stories of Loss, Hope, and Recovery. by Beverly Conyers