Life can be very difficult, especially for someone who is using. That addicted people need God’s help is obvious, or at least it should be. Nearly everybody who has been in recovery for any length of time acknowledges this. Living life on life’s terms can be tough for anybody, but especially for those trapped by their addictions. For these people, adversity can become overwhelming and debilitating. Their coping skills simply do not allow them to deal with problems the way they should. Consequently, when they make the choice to act out, rather than handle their problems appropriately, family dysfunction and work related difficulties inevitably follow.
Unable to cope with life in healthy ways, millions medicate their problems with alcohol, drugs, excessive prescriptions, inappropriate sexual relationships, over-eating, over-spending, and numerous other addictive vices. As they see it, it’s their only solution—their only way out of an intolerable situation.
Drinking and drugging provide these people with an unhealthy way to cope—a one-day reprieve from facing their troubles. It’s a quick fix that works for the moment, but in the long run, it creates far more problems than it solves. Those who pursue this path cease to live lives that have much meaning. They simply exist from day to day, and the destructiveness of their actions creates dysfunction for everyone who loves them, while also making healthy people codependent by the millions.