Alcoholism and drug addiction are not dependent upon social status. You are not immune from addition because your mother is or was a corporate lawyer and your father the executive director of a worldwide nonprofit. It doesn’t matter if you are a Mayflower descendant, attended one of the top prep schools in the country or graduated from Yale. Your mother and father could have worked hard, and had three jobs just to put you through college. They drilled you about good manners and being polite to your elders. Anyone, from any background can become addicted to drugs and alcohol.
Whatever your assumptions about what constitutes a good family, they are most likely not going to help your why me attitude towards an addiction. Just like any mental or physical health concern, addiction can hit anyone. Addiction can be the result of trying to quell the effects of too much stress in your life. You can become addicted for underlying reasons you’re not even aware of yet. Your corporate parents might have had financial means beyond anyone you ever knew, but they were never home. The maid was the one who nurtured you.
When the mercedes gleams and runs well, why look under the hood? Since you are questioning the why of an addiction, it’s important to look under the hood. Looking under the hood, or into your life, for answers will help with your healing process, but first, it’s important to get the addiction under control. If you haven’t sought help already, it’s important for your safety to do so now. Not tomorrow, but now.
It won’t matter how successful a family you come from if you are in a casket. This may sound dramatic, but addiction kills thousands of people each year from heroin to alcoholism to opioid users. Whoever you are, whether you grew up on city streets or a mansion overlooking the ocean, you deserve to have a fulfilling, productive and joyful life. You deserve to get up in the morning and feel good about yourself. Recovery from an addiction takes time, but you can achieve a balance in your life again—free from addiction. Find a therapist and or go to a rehab for addiction. There you can give yourself the quality time in an environment free from distractions to begin the essential work of recovery.
“People spend a lifetime searching for happiness; looking for peace. They chase idle dreams, addictions, religions, even other people, hoping to fill the emptiness that plagues them. The irony is the only place they ever needed to search was within.” – Ramona L. Anderson
Serenity Oaks provides an intensive 5 week program to support your sobriety and recovery from addiction. We aim to provide a space where you can find out how and why you have struggled with addiction. Our therapeutic and medical support are just one of the tools we provide to help set you up for success in recovery. Call us to find out how we can help you get started: 844-396-8526.