I have been asked to address addiction- Let me just start off by saying, addiction comes in many forms, and hits many different walks of life. It does not discriminate against color, religion, or status.
I myself have had to overcome a drug, shopping and gambling addiction. My addiction always seemed to follow me after some tragedy or mishap in my life. The one tragedy that stands out for me the most is my Mother's passing. I struggled for close to 2 yrs. with addiction. I handled it with excessive shopping, and gambling. What was I thinking?
Truthfully, I really wasn't thinking. I was so focused on killing the pain. Everyone around me had no idea that it was killing me inside. Losing my Mom was my biggest fear in life. I let my biggest fear control me. Endless days and nights of gambling and shopping. Reflecting back on it, I hid my addiction for awhile from my family and friends, but like any addict, you can only hide it for awhile before being exposed. Credit card bills piling up as high as the sky and $40,000 later, I am ashamed to admit.
The rest of this week, I will be addressing addiction due to an outpour of emails from you. I will be talking more about my own addictions, and the help I received to overcome my past addictions. Also, if you can muster up the courage to share your own story- It would be greatly appreciated & a blessing for so many who need to know that they are not alone in this world of addiction.
I want you to know that you are not alone, and millions of people struggle on a day to day basis with some form of addiction..
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