The Invisible Line
It’s called crossing ‘the invisible line.’ One moves toward it with every drink or hit until the offending chemical changes body chemistry towards addiction. It isn’t felt until it has a complete keep up. That’s the catch. A person doesn’t know he/she is hooked until stopping becomes difficult.
There are online sites coming from every angle when it comes to addiction education and resources. Many sustain groups have begun or thrived due to the arrival of new ‘customers.’ Online meetings make connecting in some form obtainable to almost everybody.
Only a few years ago, a list of 12-step meetings was the first line of defense when addiction or alcoholism was diagnosed. Many caught in the chemical trap of pain pills or liquor have tried a multitude of ways to stop with a wide range of results.
Due to the amount of people dying, the situation with America’s relationship with drugs/alcohol is front page news. President Trump declared it a ‘minor emergency’ which limited resources for rehabilitation but it’s a nod at the problem.
When dealing with the enigma of chemical abuse, an enormous amount of time and resources could be spared if recovered addicts were placed in meaningful locaiongs to organize treatment programs. If addicts are going by programs 10-20 times before recovery, they are not effective.
Other countries are having impressive results with different methods of coping with addicts and the fallout including diseases, accidents and lost work possible. Portugal and parts of Europe are both showing a form of recovery that works.
The opposite of addiction is not sobriety, it is connection. Abstinence is the path to get there but if removing the addictive substance is the only cure, the problem nevertheless lives and will strengthen.
Dual disorders. Poly-addictions. Single source abuse issues-alcohol, opiates, speed-kind drugs. Trauma-related addiction. There are many ways to disconnect in the world. Loneliness, pain or tragedy combined with chemical hooks creates a recipe for disaster.
A user must be separated once and for all from the offending chemical so the body can begin the long course of action of adjustment that will re-connect neural pathways and cleanse bodily fluids. Alcohol, for example, stays in the body fluids for up to a year.
With 10 percent of the U.S. population currently experiencing from an ‘alcohol use disorder’ and the opiod epidemic in high gear, the situation has now been triaged to the front. Addiction must be treated as an imbalance that starts spiritually, becomes mental and manifests physically before killing its victim or we will continue to fill morgues, jails and hospitals.