This morning I noticed something, and it didn't really upset me, it just confirmed what I've been told over and over.. and what I thought I've seen in the past.
I was skimming through the posts here, in the recovery forum.. just like I do almost every morning. I realized... there is a huge difference when someone starts a thread about their alcoholism,, or if they start a thread about their drug addiction.
It's in the posts,, I don't have to explain myself, just look. An alcoholic can be "thanked" numerous
times for sharing their story,, and a drug addict might get thanked a few times
What's the difference? As nurses is it really THAT much worse to be a drug addict than it is an alcoholic? Obviously, it seems so. This may be unintended, but it is a reaction non the less.
I don't know why it makes me twinge a little with anger. What should I care if people look farther down on drug addicts than alcoholics? I don't really care. I could care less what a person, who is uneducated about addiction thinks about me. I say that because the educated do not look down or think any worse of the drug addict than the alcoholic. And here's why... IT'S THE SAME THING. Once you are educated in both,, you understand.
May 22, '09
by Magsulfate, BSN
Ahhh, I see,, sort of the same mentality that forced me to leave the AA group that I was seeking help from. They didn't want me there, I was beneath them. Funny now that I look back,, I was no worse off than they were and we were probably in the same boat. But still, they were too good for me, so I had to quit going.
If I didn't want to read people's feelings on this, I would have kept it to myself. This is not going to hurt my feelings, I have gone way beyond that in my recovery.
Here is why it is the same...... Both will drown themselves in their "substance" of choice to numb the pain of something..whether it be an undiagnosed psychological issue... the pain of losing a loved one... or just because drowning themselves makes them feel more normal.. but it is still the same.
Last edit by Magsulfate on May 22, '09