As a person who regularly attends 12 step meetings, I am troubled by the low percentage of people who stick and stay in the rooms. The amount of pain an addict can handle before he or she loses her mind, valuables and/or life is beyond comprehension. Death by alcohol, pills and drugs happens more frequently than people imagine.
I have also heard many stories involving an addict in despair who puts a gun in his mouth or hangs himself because his hopelessness was too great. Sometimes, the person has years of abstinance but no longer attends meetings, helps others or works a program of recovery. Therefore, I beseech my readers to consider this stark fact about addiction-it can be a slow form of suicide or it can take your life in an instant.
Early in recovery, I was told that seals which swim away from the pack are the first to be eaten by sharks. Too many people attend a few meetings, feel better and then assume they no longer need the program or fellowship. Addiction is a serious enemy who operates best when an addict is isolated. It takes a lot less effort to stick and stay in recovery than it does to clean up the horrific mess of addiction.
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