Collateral Damage
Addiction Ravine - Part 1

The last thing I ever wanted to admit was that I was an addict.

Oh sure, I used the expression casually, comically; like many, I used to say (or behave like) I was addicted to TV shows, video games, certain desserts, etc.

But when someone talks about being addicted to alcohol and drugs, or addicted to internet porn, or addicted to gambling, or truly addicted to overeating food . . . we don’t usually laugh, do we?

That may be why so few persons address these areas of life. The admission of “powerlessness” is not only politically incorrect for most of us, it is downright Shameful with a capital S. And shame is something that in our society . . . well, it’s something we “just don’t do.” We don’t “go there.”

But if you have come to this page because you or someone you love is suffering from addiction, you are already part way in your journey to find healing. Although you may not want to broadcast the fact that you are searching for answers to this problem(s), your pain may be so great that you are almost willing to do whatever it takes.

The truth is, no one has an addiction ALL BY THEMSELVES.

If you are in an addiction, rest assured, there are others you have dragged into its wake as well. It may be your spouse, your children, or close friends. No matter, the waves of your problem of self-control will wash up on the loved ones around you. And the damage you create will leave a high water mark on their lives and yours.

The good news is that there is hope. There is a way out. You don’t have to stay where you are.


  1. “The truth is, no one has an addiction ALL BY THEMSELVES.”
    Another truth: No one RECOVERS from addiction ALL BY THEMSELVES.

    1. Thank you for that. How true that is! Most addicts are independent, internalizing, and private. I know I am “wired” that way myself, and must always corral myself back into a place of “sharing,” revealing myself (especially my feelings) to another person.

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