Careful What You Wish For Re-post

Maybe you’ve heard [or said] this before, “No matter what I do, the drugs always find me!”

Yes, that’s precisely what happens, and exactly how it works. Even if the addict stays away from the people from their past, and if they avoid creating new relationships with drug users, the drugs will find them. Once again, initiating sobriety is not enough; the recovering addict must be prepared for everything they have already wished for and previously set in motion.


During the insanity of our drug use, the addict becomes a machine. A non-stop 24/7, never going to stop, moving, and shaking machine with a simple goal, staying high and numbing the pain. At some point, getting more drugs becomes the number one priority in the addict’s life, outranking everything previously held essential. 


Think about it: how much of your day was committed to getting or using drugs or alcohol? How much time did you spend thinking about drugs, dreaming of drugs, scheming for drugs, and wishing for drugs?

The reality of what we’ve done to ourselves is hiding in plain sight, and it’s not that complicated. If everything that we do, and everything that we say, and everything that we wish for, and all of our energy is directed at one thing, and that one thing is drugs, then we’ve not only created our current situation, but we’ve also laid the foundation for our future challenges as well. Quite simply, we have spoken our struggle into existence. Careful what you wish for!

Originally Posted October 19, 2019

Joseph Shanklin

7 thoughts on “Careful What You Wish For [Re-post From October 2019]

  1. Having lived with an addict, I have seen this in action. I know the drugs motivate, initially for the high, and then for the avoidance of feeling the withdrawals. It is definitely a scary thing to watch, and as an unwitting outsider who is deceptively manipulated into that web.

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  2. What I have also observed is that the ones who had been addicted are so guilt-ridden that they find it hard to share their inner turmoil with their loved ones and near ones for the fear of being judged, or the fear of having to be constantly reminded of their actions. Empathy and to tell them that it is a bygone can do wonders and also trying to listen without really advising, to motivate them when they falter can be so helpful.

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