Alcoholism and drug abuse ruin lives. The lives of the addict and the lives of those who love them. It also ruins the lives of the children who depend upon the addict or alcoholic. Abuse is something that can aggravate an addiction. It accelerates an already active addiction and it propels problematic use into dependency.
For many people they once had a “normal” or “happy” life. They may have been able to get a good education and move into a fulfilling career. Financial security may not have ever been something that they had to struggle with. Many have had happy healthy family lives that they can return to after finding sobriety. Perhaps they didn’t lose everything through their addiction. Some people have higher bottoms than others. They may still have a home, car, bank account, and healthy loving supportive people waiting on the other side of sobriety.
Then there are others who have never known any securities of those types. These are the people who need the most help in recovering. A woman who has come from lack needs extra help and support in changing her life. It is extremely difficult to remain motivated to do the work of recovery when you don’t have a clear vision of what life will be like. How can you know it will be better when you have never seen “better”?
These are the women who need support from professionals because they probably do not have a healthy support system waiting for them at home or outside of rehabilitation. They need extra patience because they have to develop a vision. It is like closing your eyes and trying to picture what heaven looks like. We don’t have any idea, we are all just guessing and putting our best or most favorite ideas into the picture. What if your best was a life of poverty, abuse, and addiction? Which one do you pick as your favorite to put into your new life? None, a new vision needs to be created. This will take time and learning. It will also take patience and support from the professionals who are helping this person to create a new life.
It is essential to support the non-profit agencies that are there for these women who have no insurance, no money, and no jobs. Without these organizations there will be no recovery for these women. And if there is no recovery for these women, there will be no happy life for their children. And the cycle of abuse and addiction will repeat endlessly.
Seek support from your local resource centers if you need help. If you don’t need help but instead would like to help, look into supporting your local resource centers either financially or through volunteerism.