Do Drug Addicts Think They Have No Chance
Jack is a young man who looks like the epitome of the All American Boy. He could be in his late teens, but is certainly no older than 25. With short blond hair and a muscular build, he looks like he could be the star player on his high school football team.
As he speaks into the camera, he comes across as being a friendly and caring person who wants the best for those around him, and he expresses hope for his future. Things have not, however, been so good for Jack.
As he describes in telling his personal story, there was a time when he had given up all hope of ever having a bright, successful and happy life ahead of him. For many years during his adolescence, Jack had been living as a drug addict, a period of his life which Jack describes simply as being “rough.” He goes on to say that he was living through an “endless cycle of using, getting the money to use, and doing what I had to do to get that money.” Life for an addict can indeed be rough. The addiction rapidly takes over the person’s daily routine, so that time is spent either getting high or scrambling to find the money necessary to buy the next fix and to avoid detection while getting high. At some point, an addict reaches the point that Jack had, at which, simply put, the addiction was his life.
“I never thought that I would have a chance to have a life like what I have now. It was rough and I thought I was just going to be over and over and over in the cycle.” Jack was living as a full-blown addict. He was drinking alcohol and using a laundry list of drugs including crack, cocaine, methamphetamine and Oxycontin. They tore his body down to the level where he was, as he describes, “nothing” by the time he arrived at Narconon. Prior to entering rehab, Jack’s addiction had essentially ruined his life. His family was “at wits end,” with his father being frustrated and fed up and his sister refusing to have anything to do with him. This is one of the most insidious aspects of drug addiction. As a person descends deeper and deeper into the addiction, his or her relationships will inevitably suffer from the secrecy, the broken promises and disappointed expectations. In many cases, this eventually leaves the person with few people or no one left around to provide support and guidance, a fact that only contributes to the feeling of hopelessness. Addicts very often end up feeling like Jack did: “I had nothing when I came into Narconon, and because of that I wasn’t a person. I was lost and wandering. I had no aim, no direction.”
Why Drug Addicts Often Give Up Hope
Drug addiction is a problem characterized by the mechanism of the dwindling spiral: As it gets worse, it is more likely to get even worse still, snowballing and running entirely out of control. Nobody ever plans to become an addict, but using drugs even once opens the door to addiction. Drug use makes one less capable of coping with the problems of living, the same problems that likely were the reason that the person started using drugs in the first place. Relationships suffer, on-the-job performance deteriorates and physical and mental health decline. At every stage of the process, the “answer” to the mounting problems is to use more drugs to find escape and relief from the pressure. This, of course, pushes the situation even further downhill. For these reasons and more, drug addicts very often do feel that they have no chance of turning things around. Fortunately, it is possible to make a fresh start. Jack did, and he did it through Narconon. In his video testimonial, Jack states that the Narconon program made him feel like a new person, better than he had felt in 10 years or perhaps even in his entire life. He has repaired his relationship with his family, and for the first time in a long while they are once again having fun together. He now feels more responsible, less introverted, and happier. Most importantly, Jack says: “I have a sense of purpose in my life and a direction that I want to follow. I actually have goals that I want to set out and achieve. Because of the Narconon program, I have everything back and I have something to look forward to again. There is an opportunity, there is help out there. Come to the Narconon program, because it’s going to change your life.”