As an individual, who at one point in time was ignorant to the facts about substance abuse, I believe I shared a similar perspective that a lot of people seem to have: People who abuse drugs and alcohol are bad people who have made poor life choices.
I can assure you that as someone who has struggled with substance abuse, it is not an enjoyable experience to be painted as someone who appears to be morally compromised. Unfortunately, the symptoms of alcoholism and addiction are not pretty. Substance abusers can be dishonest, untrustworthy, apathetic, and careless people.
I caused harm. I was dishonest. I was untrustworthy. I was apathetic. I made lots of careless decisions. The people that offered help to me were able to look past those things, as they were just symptoms of the disease, and still put in the effort to show me a different way of life: a principled way of life.
In order for me to see a necessity for change, I needed to understand just how I show up to life. The men that demonstrated this way of living to me brought me the truth. They showed me who I am, why I do the things I do, but most importantly how to change it.
Practicing principles is a way of life that has allowed me to stay sober for over two and a half years now. How I am able to experience the power of God today is by practicing principles. When I am able to be honest, when I am able to have integrity, when I am willing to humble myself, I know that God is working in my life because left to my own devices, I am unable to live up to those principles. For the men that showed me the truth about myself and a solution which has changed my life, I am forever grateful.
Ozzie G – Austin, TX