Some people still believe this is actually how it happens to people who become addicted to drugs or alcohol. One day a person whose life is wonderful wakes up and makes a conscious decision to self-destruct through the use of substances or bad behaviors. It’s not only untrue, it’s patently ridiculous.
Yet to those unfamiliar with addictions, the normal people or ‘normies’, this is how it may appear. You can’t possibly think the same as someone who is addicted because you’re not thinking with an addicted brain. Those who are addicted do not think or process information like those with normal, non-addicted brains. Neither can, nor will, fully understand the other.
When speaking of addictions, there are two fallacies present in the title of this post — “Things are going so well I think I’ll become an addict.”
First, normies look at Hollywood actors, sports heroes, politicians, musicians or the well-to-do who lose it all over drugs, alcohol or gambling and think, “What a shame. They had it all.” As if those positions in life should somehow make one immune to the throes of addiction or the hardships, pitfalls, struggles, obstacles, and adversities of living.
Clearly, they didn’t have it all. For them, something was missing. Sure, some begin using drugs and alcohol because life for them is good and they just want to add to their enjoyment of it. One must then ask, if life was so good, why wasn’t it enough?