I'm not going to post the link to the blog post because I don't want people getting upset with this person because they are just expressing their thoughts and their views. I will post parts of the post so I can comment with my thoughts.
I don't understand the disease of addiction first hand, but after seeing so much of it growing up it genuinely makes me ponder how bad things could possibly be for someone to literally waste their entire life trying to numb the pain?
Addiction does not necessary come about because someone hates their life or is depressed. I think certain personality types are more likely to become addicted, happy or depressed. Of course there are a great number of people who do turn to drugs and alcohol to numb the pain but that is not the only reason why addiction happens.
I am CERTAIN that there are biological predispositions present as well, but at what point do you actually start to take responsibility for your own life and decide to take action? Life DEFINITELY requires coping skills - but how could someone so blindly just stop caring? Life is SO FREAKING ABUNDANT how does one's brain not even WANT to see that??
Addiction changes the way your brain works. Your brain is not processing things like a normal rational person. To an outsider you may wonder why they don't just snap out of it and work through it. Because it's not that easy. My father was in and out of rehab many times. He wanted to be sober and be there for us but he couldn't. I find this part interesting from a Harvard medical journal letter:
Drug addiction has been a stubborn problem for thousands of years, but only in the last generation have scientists come to understand clearly one of the reasons: It causes lasting changes in brain function that are difficult to reverseThis pretty much sums it up. It changes the way your brain functions even if you're no longer on drugs or drinking alcohol. It's not just about not caring anymore. My father did care. He cared enough to try rehab many many times voluntarily. Although he never beat his disease he at least tried.
Again, I know I know I know this is a disease - TOTALLY get that ... but come on. BOTH of these relatives are all so freaking old, how do they STILL not get it??
It's not about "getting it". It's a disease. It's about your brain and body fighting against you. Alcohol and drugs have long term effects even if you overcome addiction and the longer you're addicted the harder it is to overcome.
I hope I'm making my point here. I've seen alcoholism first hand. You may wonder why this person doesn't just stop. If it were that easy we wouldn't have the problem we do with addiction. It took me a long time to realize that it's not that simple.