Hardly Working at Recovery

by The Discovering Alcoholic on March 18, 2008

I spoke to the father of an addict today who was perplexed by the notion that his son thought an honest job was demeaning, yet he would pick up odd jobs involving manual labor to get the cash for drugging and drinking.

Seems that he is perfectly willing to work very hard for his addiction and in some cases, and even risks his life and liberty through criminal acts to support his habit. I knew the drill, even remembered seeing this young man in my recovery meetings nearly a year ago. He said that making it to the clinic and the required two meetings a month was becoming “problematic”.

I try my best but sometimes it’s difficult to explain, especially concerning sons and daughters, to family members that an addiction is a mental illness. A person will justify almost anything regardless of how demeaning or degrading it is to obtain their drug of choice and feed their addiction, however the very nature of the disease makes it improbable to hold a regular or steady job.

It’s one of those things that most people overlook who consider alcoholism or drug addiction an affliction of mere laziness or lack of discipline. A an alcoholic or addict has no aversion at all of working hard 24/7 for their addiction, yet will consider hardly working at recovery, just making a meeting, too much effort.

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1 Perry Gaidurgis December 8, 2012 at 3:49 pm

Great truths you wrote 4 years ago. I’ve been sober since a 20 years old, 34 years ago and have seen this work issue process go from bad to worst to good to bad to worst over and over both in and out of the rooms. It’s been hardest to see and hear the work issues with my family members. Reminded of the saying “Faith moves mountains but you got to bring a shovel”.


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