The Struggle is Real, But You Are Not Alone

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Addiction can be a very difficult situation to deal with. A family member or loved one struggling with chemical dependency and addiction should realize that the struggle is real–but they are not alone. 

Below are stories of people who understand and have dealt with firsthand the struggle of addiction. They also shed light to the idea that there is still hope for recover.

When a member of a family is addicted, the rest of the family can feel conflicted and isolated. Often, shame comes in the equation, especially in our country. Because of the fear of being judged and embarrassed, many do not reach out for help or advice.

Wives may feel that asking for help from other family members or close relatives will make her look bad and in turn she will be judged in causing the addiction. Parents, on the other hand, may feel that their child’s addiction is their fault and that they may be able to turn things around.

In reality, millions of Filipinos, from urban poor communities to exclusive subdivisions, are addicted to drugs like shabu, marijuana, ecstasy, cocaine, and prescription drugs. Addiction to these substances as well as to alcohol does not choose its prey. Whether you are a professional, a student, a family man, or a jeepney barker, no one is except from its grip. It is a broad–and BIG–social problem and people struggle with the tug-of-war of drugs and sobriety on a daily basis.

Many of today’s drugs can be so addictive that just a few times of use and experimentation can leave one hooked for life. Therefore, it is important to get you or your loved ones the help that you need. The feelings of shame, anger, embarrassment, grief, sadness, and fear must first be set aside so that you or your loved one can get treatment and be on the way to sobriety.

2 thoughts on “The Struggle is Real, But You Are Not Alone

    […] 2. Treatment and Criminalization. Many people who are addicted here in our country are seen more as criminals instead of as people who need treatment. Addiction, once again, is stigmatized when it can be seen as a treatable condition. Putting addicts in prison without treatment can only create more problem as, once they get out of prison they are still ill-equipped to hold down a job and then cycle in and out of prison and life outside hustling for drugs. Often, this cycle can only end in death. This can be avoided through treatment and an attitude of understanding and compassion. […]


    […] Connect with other people. Sometimes, it helps to just be around other people. Talking to them about your problem, whether or not they give you advice, is helpful enough in relieving stress. You don’t have to get the answer to your problem, but just having someone listen and have you speak about your situation out loud to someone can alleviate your worries and even make you see your problem in a different light. […]


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