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Letter To The Addict

Letter To The Addict

Dear Friend,

The first thing I want to tell you is that you can have a brighter future.  Yesterday doesn’t have to define you, and I letter-to-an-addictunderstand that there is a lot of uncertainty about today.  I have been where you are with this addiction. Right now you are probably thinking that you need money to get the next high and where is that going to come from? Is someone after me, or is someone going to rob me? Do I still have any “real” friends or are we just friends because we use drugs together? Am I going to die today? Will my life end as an addict and never accomplish anything in my life? What is my purpose? I have felt your loneliness, and the feeling of abandonment, the emptiness that seems to rule your life. Drugs seem to kill all the pain and put you back into your groove, I know, I have been there.

I get the feeling of not wanting to do this anymore but you don’t know where to turn. Friends have stopped supporting you; parents don’t want anything to do with you, and the only ones that seem to be pursuing you are drug friends and the police department.  I have shared in your tears and the deep depression after the drugs are gone, and reality sets in, where the feeling of sobriety becomes unbearable.

But my plea to you friend is despite what you might be thinking this can come to an end.  I write you having come through the other side of addiction. It was the hardest thing I have ever done, but it couldn’t have been any more rewarding.   On the other side of addiction, there is a bright future waiting for you, a person you don’t even know within yourself.  You make it through this you will be stronger then you ever could imagine.  People will see your determination and perseverance from something that seems to have no cure.  Freedom can be yours, trust me I am experiencing it myself!

But I know there is hope for tomorrow. If you choose the path that I did, and seek a relationship with Jesus Christ, I know that he will not let you down, even if you feel he has let you down in the past.  Even if you never had believed in God, as I did an atheist, God wants to save you from many things, but your addiction is a high priority to Him. Jesus once said “”The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free,” (Luke 4:18). As I write this letter I am approaching five years of sobriety myself and have a brighter future then I ever could have imagined.  Today I am a Youth Pastor at my church, and work as an Administrator at Teen Challenge, the organization that Jesus used to save and give me a new life.

Even if you do not choose my route, as much as I would encourage you to, I sincerely hope that you would seek help. That you would stop running from the people you love, and start to take the steps towards sobriety.  Be real with yourself as you contemplate this, don’t think you can do it alone, and don’t fool yourself or anyone else by saying things such as “I will start tomorrow” or “Let me get high one more time and think about this”, start today, start NOW.



With much love from your friend on the other side,

Scott O’Neil