An older article via The Guardian highlighting Russell Brand’s struggle with addiction:
I cannot accurately convey to you the efficiency of heroin in neutralising pain. It transforms a tight, white fist into a gentle, brown wave. From my first inhalation 15 years ago, it fumigated my private hell and lay me down in its hazy pastures and a bathroom floor in Hackney embraced me like a womb.
It’s a lifelong struggle, one that must be battled (sometimes) daily. It requires “constant vigilance” and “structured help” to overcome.
The strategy, the methods, the tactics for abstinence-based recovery need more attention. Why? Because many of us need a ton of help.
Don’t pick up a drink or drug, one day at a time. It sounds so simple. It actually is simple but it isn’t easy: it requires incredible support and fastidious structuring.
It’s not just with drinking or alcohol or many of the more obvious and well-known substances, there are tons of other addictions, addictive and destructive behaviors that also exist in the mind. Mental illness is real and is just as powerful and debilitating as physical drugs.
Hell, I would know.
One strategy for “fastidious structuring”? Relationships, fellowships of broken and vulnerable and honest people chatting, dialoguing, gathering together, and empathizing with each other through the process.
Weekly. Daily. Hourly.
We all need more relationships in our lives, even and especially for those that are not battling any obvious disease or dysfunction. We are all desperate to relate, to be known as we truly are, the good and the bad and the magnificently ugly.
There’s healing there. I promise.