Children are told when to eat, sleep, brush their teeth, go to school, who to play with, and what medicine to take when they are sick. For the most part, everything children do is controlled by someone else: parents, teachers, siblings, police, doctors or babysitters. For most children, it feels safe when some one else is in control of their life. Adulthood brings the power to make choices.
As an adult, life becomes confusing at times as choices must be made: university, trade school or work; live in a city or town; social activities with or without drinking and drugs; and start or end relationships. You may not have known what you really wanted or what was really important to you. Drinking and using drugs felt like an answer for some of life’s problems
When you think about it now, addiction to drugs and alcohol resulted in giving up control over many parts of your life. Drug and alcohol use results in dysfunctional thinking, feeling helpless, and letting other people choose the solutions to problems. People, who experience addiction, often ignore or are unaware of the key factors that influence their health and life. In reality, they let someone else be responsible for decisions and outcomes. You have made a choice to gain new insights, knowledge, and skill that will help you regain control over your life.