Sometimes you stop doing drugs. Sometimes you get off that horrible ride. But then there is still danger. The lure is always there.
The bad part is that even when you get clean and sober, the addiction is still there. You’re two years sober and the moment you forget how hard it was to get clean, you’ll try it again, and fall for it again even harder. There won’t be that honeymoon time like at the beginning, where you think you’ve got it under control. It remembers, and you’ll reset to how things were at their worst.
You can’t control it. You aren’t special enough to resist it once you’ve started. Nobody is. It is naïve say “Just say no”. The moment you tell some people to not do something, they are going to do it.
There is no simple answer to addiction. And there is no way of understanding it unless you’ve been there. If quitting was easy, nobody would be an addict. And there wouldn’t be any more overdoses.
Pray for peace for the addicts. Pray for strength to resist the pull. Pray for all those who haven’t yet heard that siren call to turn away from it when they do.