The Story of Mercy a Recovering Alcoholic, Addict and Addiction Specialist
Mercy is a 22-year old ray of hope where she comes from. She gets by rather comfortably, by running print ad campaigns. It’s campaign season. Mercy is wiped out from her part-time job. She has regular meetings with a group of recovering alcoholics and drug users. She’s been working with one of the most affected members of the group for nine months now. It has been going on just perfect.
She has not left her apartment yet. 20 minutes later, she is at another apartment staring her cup of tea cold. The member is in a deep sleep, and he reeks of alcohol. His mother insists he had stayed clean. This time, he was found face down in a ditch after a night out.
Mercy is struggling to hide the dejection she feels. Was it even worth it? Most users may have started using on their own. Some may have had a group of acquaintances around them every time they have convened to feed their addiction. To the fortunate ones, helpful channels are opened up, and they stand a second chance.
For Addiction Specialists like Mercy, the ravages of addiction hit harder than they might have expected when they found themselves in that line of work. When discussions come up, the monetary cost of addiction features more prominently. Most users are reminded they are placing a heavy financial burden to rectify a situation that could have been avoided in the first place.
Stigma of Addiction
It might be nothing new but drug use is still spoken of in the most snide of tones. As soon as addiction comes into play, it is assumed the user is weak and cannot control urges to use a drug. However, it is just as often forgotten that addiction is not something you can switch off in an instant. Even worse, is that stigma that follows the family of a user. The immediate family experiences most of the harsh truths of alcohol and drugs.
Addiction Specialist Depression
The Addiction Specialist committed to giving assistance to recovering addicts derive an insane amount of joy from seeing a complete turnaround. Most of their work’s motivation is seeing a person they work with only think of drugs and alcohol as former masters. For Addiction Specialists like Mercy, a bad day in the office is finding out that a former addict is regressing to a worse state.
The Addiction Specialist might feel like their purpose makes no sense. Once they make such big steps only to be told that they lost, in the end, leaves a void that can only be filled by the betterment of the patient. It will take a surprising amount of willpower to muster the courage and determination to continue doing what they do.
Mental health and Addiction
Fighting addiction is an incredibly draining experience. On the recovering addict, it is a constant struggle to have some semblance of your life and not handing the power of control back to the culprit drug. For those around you, it is a balance to forget what has happened pre-recovery and placing hope on the expected outcome of post-recovery. Recovery might also carry with it the prospect of your immediate environment being almost paranoid every time you exhibit signs of behavior otherwise considered unconventional. While we would imagine that recovery is all about crisp white sheets and mellow music, it is a complex process that requires the most concrete of mental resolves.
Demonization of the Addict
The road to recovery has its drawbacks. If a user is making good progress only for him to slip back into that dark place, the society starts to frown upon that action. Most people will start considering the patients selfish for negating the efforts of so many people involved in their recovery. That in return carries zero promise as it closes channel after the other of this patient when they try to seek alternative help should any approach fail.
In principle, once a recovering party starts feeling isolated again, he may feel the need to go back to familiar territory and use the only thing that gave them any sense of belonging. Isolation goes against the base principle of providing care to patients, love.
The road to recovery is paved with good intentions. However, right at the corners, there are some unforeseen developments. While it may truly cost a small fortune, recovery has other lasting effects. Addiction Specialists like Mercy are forced by circumstance to take up the burden of dealing with patients. For now, Mercy is motivated by a recovered addict. She sees that as the ebbing on she needs to try and help more patients. The long-term psychological effects not withstanding, giving support to these caregivers is as vital as the healing process itself. It’s a difficult job, but people like Mercy sure do a kickass job handling it.