One knows he or she will face life sometime without that high; therefore, he or she will keep chasing the high even if a friend overdoses. Don't you think you can be the one not to suffer or die?
It is harsh reality and not worth it. People sometimes make fun of the ''happy wanderer,'' or straight person, because the addict is jealous or remembers when he or she used to be that happy person full of life. Staying sober is hard, but try to think of that last sickness you went through or the after-affects. That can either drive a person sober or back out partying. In the end, you have to want a better drug/alcohol free life because there is more to life than getting high.
Guilt, old using friends, and lack of wanting a better life will just drag you down even more. I have been through all of this and it is frightening because you witness your life self-destructing, but most will do nothing. Sometimes tough love from a loved one is the key. All I want to say is not one person in this lifetime is perfect, so don't be afraid to say, ''Hey, I am an addict / alcoholic and I really need help.''
Do not let old using friends or partying thoughts deceive you. Talk to someone or try a hobby. ''And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen and establish you (Peter 5:10).''
To me that means once you stop using, life will seem better eventually, and staying strong every day is most important to all addicts. Last, but not least, do not be fooled; the devil and your old evil ways are right around the corner no matter how long you have been sober.
This is why one has to ask for help and stay away from those who influence you to want to get high. Temptations will always be there, so look to God or whoever makes you a stronger person, so you cannot give in to the temptation of using, but have courage and walk away.
I think some of the bravest people are recovering addicts. It is very hard to admit you are an addict / alcoholic. It is also very hard to ask for help because reality starts to set in because you are not high, and it can be frightful, but give it time and you will admire things like a beautiful tree in the fall or a wonderful holiday with the family. Stay joyful, because someone out there loves you and does not want to see you ruin your life.
Nicholas Leo Alexander