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Breaking The Cycle - The Addict's Redemption

How Helping, Helped Him Heal Himself

By Dolvie N.Published 3 months ago 6 min read
Breaking The Cycle - The Addict's Redemption
Photo by Mishal Ibrahim on Unsplash

As soon as the first sip of whiskey hit his lips, Jake knew he was hooked. He had always been someone who enjoyed the occasional drink, but lately, it had become a habit. Every night, he would come home from work and reach for the bottle, pouring himself a glass before settling down to watch TV.

It wasn't until his girlfriend, Sarah, walked out on him that Jake realized just how much he relied on alcohol to get through his day. He was lost without her, and the only thing that brought him any solace was the warmth of the whiskey as it flowed down his throat.

Days turned into weeks, and weeks turned into months, and Jake found himself sinking deeper and deeper into his addiction. He lost his job, his apartment, and any sense of purpose he once had. All he had left was the bottle, and it was slowly killing him.

One day, as Jake stumbled down the street, barely able to keep himself upright, he saw a woman sitting on the curb. She was smoking a cigarette, and even from a distance, Jake could see the sadness in her eyes. He didn't know what drew him to her, but before he knew it, he was sitting next to her, the smell of alcohol on his breath.

They started talking, and Jake found himself opening up to her in a way he never had with anyone else. He told her about his addiction, his failed relationship, and the life he had lost. The woman listened patiently, nodding along as he spoke.

As the sun began to set, Jake realized that he had been sitting with the woman for hours. He stood up to leave, but before he could go, she grabbed his hand.

"Stay with me," she said, her voice barely above a whisper. "Please."

Jake hesitated, unsure of what to do. But there was something about the woman that he found comforting. He could see the pain in her eyes, the same pain he felt inside himself.

"Okay," he said, sitting back down next to her.

And from that day forward, Jake and the woman became inseparable. They would spend their days wandering the city, sharing cigarettes and stories. Jake still drank, but it wasn't as important to him as it once was. He had found something else that made him feel alive.

But as time went on, Jake began to notice that something was off about their relationship. The woman never seemed to leave his side, and whenever he tried to go out without her, she would become frantic. She would call him incessantly, begging him to come back to her.

At first, Jake thought it was just a sign of her attachment to him. But as he dug deeper, he realized that he was the one keeping her hooked. She had become addicted to him, to his company, to his warmth.

Jake didn't know what to do. He had always been the one with the addiction, the one who needed something to get through the day. But now he was the addiction, the one who was causing someone else to lose control.

He tried to distance himself from the woman, but it only made things worse. She became more and more desperate, and soon she was showing up at his door at all hours of the day and night. Jake didn't know how to handle it. He wanted to help her, but he didn't know how.

One night, as he lay in bed, listening to the woman's desperate pleas on the other end of the phone, Jake had an epiphany. He realized that he couldn't save her, that she had to save herself. He could be there to support her, but ultimately, it was up to her to break free from her addiction to him.

With a heavy heart, Jake ended things with the woman. It was one of the hardest things he had ever done, but he knew it was for the best. She was devastated, but Jake hoped that it would be the wake-up call she needed to get help.

As the weeks went by, Jake tried to move on. He focused on himself, on his own recovery, and tried to put the past behind him. But he couldn't shake the feeling that he had left the woman in a worse place than she had been before.

One day, he received a call from a mutual friend. The woman had been hospitalized, the friend explained, and was in critical condition. She had overdosed on drugs and alcohol, and it was touch and go whether she would survive.

Jake rushed to the hospital, his heart heavy with guilt and sadness. When he arrived, he found the woman lying in a hospital bed, hooked up to machines that beeped and whirred around her. Her skin was pale, her breathing shallow.

For hours, Jake sat by her side, praying that she would pull through. As the night wore on, he watched as her condition slowly improved. The doctors said she had a long road ahead of her, but they were cautiously optimistic.

Jake knew that he couldn't fix everything, but he could be there for her. He made a promise to himself that he would do whatever it took to help the woman overcome her addiction, just as he was trying to do with his own.

Over the next few weeks, Jake became a fixture at the woman's side. He went to meetings with her, held her hand when she was scared, and listened to her when she needed to talk. Slowly but surely, she began to heal.

It wasn't easy. There were setbacks and relapses, moments of despair and frustration. But Jake was there for her through it all, and he could see the woman getting stronger with each passing day.

Eventually, the woman was released from the hospital, and Jake helped her find a place to live. It was a small apartment, but it was hers, and it was a symbol of the progress she had made. Jake continued to support her, but he also gave her space to grow and find her own way.

In the end, the woman overcame her addiction. It wasn't easy, but with Jake's help and the support of others, she was able to break free from the cycle of self-destructive behavior. She went back to school, got a job, and even started dating again.

As for Jake, he had his own battles to fight, but he knew that helping the woman had given him a sense of purpose. He realized that his own addiction had been a way of hiding from his problems, but by confronting them head-on and helping others, he was finally able to start healing himself.

Years later, Jake looked back on that time in his life with a mix of sadness and gratitude. It had been a dark and difficult journey, but it had also been a catalyst for change. It had forced him to confront his own demons and to help others in need. And in the end, that was what had made all the difference.

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Dolvie N.

I'm not sure I can write...They won't appreciate it...Hey I'm not creative enough...It's not good enough...


Writing breathes life into our thoughts...Keep Writing!

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