Drugs don’t change you for the better

Editor’s Note:

A year ago this month The Times Review published a series of articles about the dangers of crystal meth. We are reprising that effort with a series of stories and columns this month about the effects of drug abuse in our community.

As the autumn colors surround me I feel a sense of comfort. The auburn leaves fall to the ground as they retire from yet another season of summer.

So many changes as nature prepares’ itself for winter. Along with nature I find myself making changes as well for another season. Another season in my life of sobriety. Changes are not always easy, but when one changes their lifestyle to improve their well-being, they are always rewarded handsomely.

We don’t always see the rewards immediately but they are there or they are coming to us. Nothing bad can possibly come from changing to the better of ourselves.

Altering our lifestyles can have its moments. When you are accustomed to a certain way of living it’s hard to imagine it another way, but as you progress into your new state of being it will be hard to imagine going back to your old way of existence. It is critical that you become a custodian over your life and refuse to accept the enticement your addiction has.

Although you may not be able to stop the thoughts from coming, you don’t have to accept them when they come. Capture your thoughts and do whatever it takes to extinguish them. Get rid of negative influences in your life, especially the people that influence such behavior.

One of the things I am finding hard is association with people. I have to learn that not everyone out there cares about you or where you are going. They are what we call energy vampires. They will literally try to suck you dry of your positive power, but it is up to you to sever relationships like that, because they will bring you down if you let them.

As your life changes so will your thought process and your judgment.

People you would have normally let into your life will no longer seem that appealing to you. You will find yourself seeking out people that are positive influences in your life and people that encourage your new way of life.

All these changes take time, so be patient with yourself. Give yourself a chance to transform your life and allow the transformation to take place gradually. We all know, too much too fast is a sure way to relapse. Adjusting to a different way of life is hard enough, never mind all the changes that come with it. So be good to yourself, be patient with yourself, and love yourself through it all.

Till next time, I am Jess, to help you help yourself! Please write me at: P.O. Box 186 Revelstoke, B.C., V0E 2S0 email me at:

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