How many of you have ever judged an addict? ‘Does he have NO self control?’ That is the question often ask. Unfortunately the problem goes far deeper than you may think. Yes, people have a choice, take a snort of coke, sip on that vodka….but SOMETHING in that person’s life is wrong, and we are just to oblivious to actually take note.
As I teach my children NEVER JUDGE ANOTHER PERSON, you don’t know their history, you don’t know the baggage that drags them down.
This is a rather old article, but I find it still relevant. Johann Hari researched addiction and the results of his findings were quite surprising. He discusses the reasons behind drug addiction, and that is something worth taking note of. So read his article here and you will realise the true reasons behind individuals getting caught in this drug trap is actually far more complex than we thought.
Here follows an excerpt from his article in Huffington Post:
“It is now one hundred years since drugs were first banned — and all through this long century of waging war on drugs, we have been told a story about addiction by our teachers and by our governments. This story is so deeply ingrained in our minds that we take it for granted. It seems obvious. It seems manifestly true. Until I set off three and a half years ago on a 30,000-mile journey for my new book, Chasing The Scream: The First And Last Days of the War on Drugs, to figure out what is really driving the drug war, I believed it too. But what I learned on the road is that almost everything we have been told about addiction is wrong — and there is a very different story waiting for us, if only we are ready to hear it.
If we truly absorb this new story, we will have to change a lot more than the drug war. We will have to change ourselves.” [Hari:2015]
You really need to give his article a read and, perhaps try to find his book: Chasing The Scream: The First And Last Days of the War on Drugs. You can find it on Amazon, click here.
There is hope for those who are lost in world ruled by drug demons, so read the article and DO NOT JUDGE, SUPPORT THEM, NEVER give up on them and don’t EVER ABANDON THEM as a lost cause!!!!
HARI, JOHANN. 2015. The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think. [Web:] www.huffingtonpost.com. [Date of Access:] August 2, 2017.
“While we all feel sad, moody or low from time to time, some people experience these feelings intensely, for long periods of time (weeks, months or even years) and sometimes without any apparent reason. Depression is more than just a low mood – it’s a serious condition that affects your physical and mental health.” [Beyond Blue]
I’m sure that many depression sufferers will agree with me that, when you are on your lowest, when you are down in the dark, you feel like no-one on earth can understand what you are going through.
You think that feeling bad is your fault, like you had a choice. You feel so alone. The thing is that many thousands of people are suffering just like you. Websites like Beyond Blue brings hope to depressives. It creates a safe environment where people can discover the truth about their disease and find a way out of their own, personal darkness.
Why don’t you pay them a visit today? Click here.
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We’ve all been there…..you simply feel that NOTHING EVER good happens to you or that, if you do this or that, it will fail miserably. In the end, friends, if you are really honest with yourself, your misery is totally your own fault! Unfortunately many of us have lost our trust in humanity (and technology) so we have been groomed to expect the worst.
Do you realize how unhappy this can make a person? The glass is half full….ALWAYS!! You never see the bright side of things and words like ‘yes, but..’ is scattered throughout all conversations. Sometimes, as a counselor, I just want to shake people to wake them up to the brilliant and beautiful world around them, MAKE them count their blessings. What IS this thing with SUFFERING being the trend these days?
Well, I discovered a wonderful article that I want to share with you today. Health and Fitness author Melli says: “Getting drawn into a pattern of negative thinking can be likened to building a prison in your own mind. It holds you captive.” [Health And Fitness:n.d.)]
Some people are so ‘locked up’ in their ‘prisons’ that it seems their is no way out. It has become part of your life, but you tend to forget…..this is NOT you, this is ugly bad attitude rearing its head. Melli shares four key tips on how to get yourself out of that doomed disposition.
Read the article here.