I feel so compelled to share this piece from the New York Times with you. Current brain research demonstrates the choices made by young addicts are made for reasons that demand much more compassion than relegating it to a moral problem or a progressive illness. I find it so hopeful for young adults in particular.
It is my choice to nurture the inner desire to change, as the article presents. I believe that many addictions are begun as a way to numb “a hyper-reactive nervous system that constantly made you feel overwhelmed, alienated and unlovable, finding a substance that eases social stress becomes a blessed escape” as the article reports.
This is worth your time to read if or your loved ones deal with this issue. Over half of addictions, except tobacco, end about age 30. And that is just so hopeful, right?