Burning the Liquid Bridge

Addiction is one of the easiest traps in which to become ensnared and one of the most difficult from which to break free, but it can be done.

Addiction is insidiously clever, getting its energy from and ever so carefully wearing down its host. It builds a wall between the addict and his life until the addiction is his life, isolating him from his family, friends, and faith. He wraps himself in a cocoon for a time — sometimes years — and things move along quite well, even great. Doctors, lawyers, architects, college professors, and artists of all kinds among many others flourish in their chosen professions with active addictions. We (including myself) are social, professional, and personal chameleons of the most intelligent sort. We are not only able to hide our addictions from everyone who is a part of our lives, we are able to do so — often for many years — while excelling in our professional lives. Unfortunately, as with any self-destructive behavior, one reaches a point of diminishing returns, and the walls come crumbling down.

Hitting the bottom is scary and painful, but it’s also a good thing because it’s the first step back to the top. Yes, it hurts. Yes, it can and probably will be embarrassing, and yes, you will go through some tough times, but burning that liquid bridge will put you on the path to accomplishing things you never thought were possible, and that’s a good feeling. It’s a damn good feeling, so light it up and watch it burn.

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