Life lessons from an ex-junkie

Had an interesting half an hour conversation with a reformed drug addict yesterday which really opened my eyes. He pointed out so many things to me that I would normally not think about. I just hope that the summary below does justice to the greatness of this man.

1. “To climb out of the hole that I was in, nearly ended my life.”

2. “Now that I am out, I learnt never to judge others. I have lived for a time surrounded by active users and when I see them, I never feel that I am better than them in any way. I know my roots and am fully aware that I do not possess the mental nor physical ability to change the world. I just want to help.”

3. “Never give money to junkies. I would rather buy them a meal if I am financially capable on that day. If they ask for bus fare, I will give them a ride instead. I know how their minds work seeing that I used to be one of them. They will just use any small amount of money to feed their habits.”

4. “All of us come from our mothers but more importantly I remember being born again when I finally stopped using”

5. “Everyday is a constant struggle to not go back to the habit. I have to work at it every single day of my life.”

6. “Life is so very different now that I am drug-free. No more living in constant fear of the authorities. No more shying away from the light. No more avoiding eye contact. Its just a huge burden lifted off my back.”

To this man who shall remain anonymous, I salute you!

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7 comments on “Life lessons from an ex-junkie

  1. I respect those who somehow managed to get themselves out of deep addiction. I wonder how they do it….
    If they can learn not to judge people, maybe I should learn that too…

  2. Thanks for sharing this…i have been visiting this rehab place for some years and there are people who have lived off the streets or were in some kind of trouble. We were there just as friends to them and never looking down or “pitying” these people. They dun need our sympathy or condescending remarks..they just want genuine friendship and it goes a long way to reaching out to these people.

    May I have your permission to share this with my friends?

  3. An outstanding share! I’ve just forwarded this onto a coworker who had been conducting a little homework on this. And he actually ordered me breakfast due to the fact that I stumbled upon it for him… lol. So allow me to reword this…. Thank YOU for the meal!! But yeah, thanx for spending the time to discuss this topic here on your site.

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