“Stick with harmless alcohol ”
I really hope that was a joke, that is the most horrible advice I’ve ever read. Alcohol and tobacco, believe it or not are way more addicting then even heroin. Alcohol isn’t, right off the bat (neither is heroin), but once you cross the line into physical dependence, alcohol is more dangerous. You can die trying to quit drinking, you won’t die quitting heroin (though you’ll want to). I rather deal with a dopesick junkie, then a crazed, alcoholic drunk any night of the week.
Drugs don’t change the person, it’s society’s out look on it on it that causes that. Most people with drug addictions don’t/can’t seek help. Most of the “treatment centers” are really just private jails that offer an awesome 5-10% success rate.
You do know that addiction sucess is like less then 10%? Even the top treatment centers barely get that high of sucess rate. The odds are stacked against us, so most people forgo help, and just live quietly in their addiction for years. It is only when something sad happens in their life where they lose control of stuff and people see their addiction.
In my case, I wrecked my car, and 10+ years of addiction was exposed to my family. It was the best thing in the end, despite fights, what-have-you at first. Understanding eventually came out of it.
I’ll never be 100% sober, there’s no point in “counting the clean days”. However, my attitude on drugs has changed, it isn’t something I use daily, or make a career out of. It’s more or less a bi-monthly urge now, an itch I take care of
Sadly, I know that this will probably continue, but I pray I won’t dive into full-blown dependence again. All my friends now are non-H users, and are surprised when they hear I use every now and then, and have been for a decade now.
All my old “friends” that used, they’re gone, dead or in prison because they bet on 00 too many times. See, I don’t play roulette, then you’ll never leave the “casino”. what I do is akin to the “nickel slots” every other week.