A close friend of mine is spending her time battling a disease but it’s not COVID-19. She has been diagnosed with cancer. She has roughly 1 year to live and it’s looking like the majority of her time left will be spent in quarantine from coronavirus.
As her support person, this entire situation has led to some serious reflection on my part. Whether a pandemic, cancer diagnosis, or substance use disorder, It’s astounding how one experience can completely turn your world upside and change your outlook on life.
Cancer is an Equal Opportunity Disease
In most cancer cases, cancer is not preventable. It’s not picky either. Whether you’re young, old, healthy, or unhealthy, anyone can be a target. It’s an unfortunate truth in life. But we can hope for medical breakthroughs and a definitive cure someday.
Substance Use Disorder is Treatable
Addiction is a disease we can do something about. Millions have overcome this brutal disease. Now more than ever, there are many evidence-based options for treatment, including programs that focus on comfort and expediency like the Coleman Method. There is a fit and path for anyone and everyone when they are ready and willing to try it.
Supporting a friend through cancer has made me realize that I never want to be in the position of thinking “if I hadn’t….” or “if I only had…” I believe the same goes for those suffering from substance use disorder. You don’t want to look back on your life and wish you had done something different.
Reflecting on Substance Use Disorder
Reflect on your addictions and how they could impact the future. Are you potentially shortening your life? Are you setting yourself up for a painful, preventable end of life? Do you and your family deserve better? Are you willing to go to any length to rewrite your own story?
With the world slowed down to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, you may find yourself with time to reflect on your life. Treatment for addiction is available and possible. We at the Coleman Addiction Medicine are here to help. Reclaim your life. As they say in the AA promises “We will not regret the past, nor wish to shut the door on it.” Let us help you find YOUR path to recovery. Schedule a callback below.
Deborah Reich, MD