“Tomorrow is the most important thing in life.
Comes to us at midnight very clean.
It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands.
It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday.”
– John Wayne
Cut from the same cloth we may be, but how that cloth is cut is as unique as our fingerprints. As human beings, we like to categorize each other, putting people in nicely labeled boxes. Ah, he’s such-and-such, she’s like this, and they’re not worth bothering with. For some reason, it’s supposed to make us feel better and make our lives easier, in some way. However, of course, it’s not as simple and perfect as all that. Person to person, our cloth gets cut differently.
Researchers have studied the causes of addiction for centuries, trying to scientifically label those who are susceptible or vulnerable to this illness, to identify the one, singular root cause of it all. Have they been successful? In a word, no. There are clear mitigating factors, of that there is little doubt, such as genetics, social environment, childhood experiences, and so forth, but it’s the varying combination of these and other psychological influencers that may (and I repeat the word – may) result in the chronic disease of substance addiction, whether that is drugs or alcohol.
I think the person who cut my cloth was probably drunk as they did it. Many, many factors, according to the addiction specialists that have provided me with therapy and counseling over these past few years, led me to the point where addiction was possible, there was a chance it could grab me. To be honest, I think I grabbed it first.
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