Thought: ‘Who cares?’
Who cares? Well, actually, we do. Addictions UK exists to care about and help people who are trying to deal with drug addiction, alcohol addiction or any other substance or process which is taking over their lives and making them unmanageable. We care too about the families and friends of addicts and have support to offer them.
But we are surely not alone. Whoever you are and whatever your problems, there are almost always people who care about you. Maybe you owe it to them as well as to yourself to recognise their concern and to respond it.
When you are “down”, whether from the effects of addiction or for any other reason, it’s easy for self-pity to take over and part of that can be the conviction that nobody cares about you. Those feelings are understandable but not acceptable. Whatever you may think, you do matter to people and you need to be open to the help they are ready to offer you.
For a very few, however, isolation is very real and undeniable. But as part of a programme of supported recovery there are new friends and guides ready to accept you and help you. They even understand that it may be hard for you to reach out and accept their help.
So don’t be too dismissive and shrug your shoulders and say “who cares?” and slink away. We care, others care and, if you are willing, we can help you gain confidence and focus more on others so that you care about them.