Holly L Campbell, CADC, RMSR, SQP

Archive for December 21, 2013

The Masks of Addiction and Recovery


Addiction & Recovery News

636x460design_01I’m a fan of pretty much anything Bill White writes, but this is the kind of thing I most enjoy:

To be addicted is to be an imposter -to wear so many masks for so long that any semblance of a true self exists only as a faint memory.  The masks become thickly layered and more elaborately constructed over time,  each seeking to convey sanity and self-control as these very qualities crumble to ashes.  The masks often become prisons of one’s own creation.

Escaping this state of imprisoned imposterhood requires facing the terror of nothingness–the terror that nothing, or at least nothing of value, exists behind the masks.  This dread is so great it can rarely be faced alone.  There is no landscape more terrifying to the addicted person than the secret-strewn wreckage of his or her own soul.  Confronting that landscape without the aid of fellow travelers can provoke…

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