According to the dictionary, freedom is, among other things, “the state of not being imprisoned or enslaved.” When substance abuse is a regular part of a person’s life, that person lacks freedom. You become a slave to the high, the constant need to satisfy your cravings; an addiction will seek to satisfy those urges at any cost, whether it be at the expense of your family, your job, your happiness, or even your life. You are willing to put everything on the line in order to satisfy your dependency on the substance for even a brief period of time.
This decision to voluntarily restrict your freedom is one that you make with the conviction that you are free to withdraw from the influence of the substance at any time. The choice that you make to restrict your freedom voluntarily is one that you make with this conviction. You have probably already discovered the unfortunate truth about the matter the hard way, which is that it is not the case. You’ve succeeded in determining the nature of your dependence.
It is not simple to achieve sobriety after one has become addicted to a substance. For certain drugs, you will need medical assistance to ensure your own survival during the withdrawal and detoxification stages. Stopping the consumption of alcohol or the drug in question is really all that is required for treatment related to other substances. However, “just stopping” is not always as simple as it sounds; if it were, more people would do it. It is necessary to be motivated, and that motivation must originate from within oneself. No matter what other people try to do or say to convince you to give up, nothing will change until you discover the source of your motivation within yourself.
You will be shocked to find out how much you’ve been missing out on once you have conquered your addiction to drugs and alcohol. You will find a level of peace and contentment that you haven’t experienced in a very long time that you will discover as you find the “new” you. This may be due to the fact that you will no longer feel paranoid that “they” are going to get you, or it may be due to the fact that relationships may form as you find the “new” you. You’ll start to realize that there is a lot more to life than just chilling out and getting “stoned.” We go to war in order to protect our liberties, we fight in order to extend freedom to others, and we fight in order to preserve freedom for the people we care about. You have the ability to make freedom the goal of your recovery, the motivation for obtaining sobriety, and the reason for persevering through the discomforts of withdrawal. When the haze lifts and you are able to see things more clearly, you will be relieved to realize what a wonderful life you have the potential to lead. That’s what I call the chance to start living again.