This is going to be a heavy post about addiction and suicide.
For those people struggling with addiction, I have no answers. All new studies point to having love and a fulfilling life to prevent addiction, but once in the throes of addiction that community becomes a foreign place to an addict.
As an outsider loving people who have spiraled through the event horizon of addiction, it’s a terrifying experience to behold.
After watching a person spiral in and shoot out over and over, one’s mind can go to really dark places.
Tonight was a dark night in my mind. The differences between addiction and suicide hit me tonight.
Suicide is swift and final. There may be things left undone, unsaid or unexplained, but loved ones can grieve, and in time move forward.
Addiction always teeters on the edge of finality holding on to a tiny thread of hope. The death of an addict is usually a slow and painful process.
One grieves a loved one that slides down the rabbit hole out of sight, but gets a glimmer of hope when the addict reaches up and cries for help.
The grief is paused.
Then the addict slides down again.
Over and over the cycle goes until the addict destroys themselves partially or entirely. But up until the end, there is hope.
I don’t know how an addict feels during the cycle, and I refuse to ask for justification. It’s needless. I can’t force sobriety, or a fulfilling life. None of us can, it’s entirely up to an addict to make that decision.
Addiction is a sad part of society, and hopefully we can help our communities find a solution to help all who struggle with it.