Addiction is never just one thing.
It’s not just the positive presence of a problem, but also the negative absence of some human necessities.
A lack of security.
A lack of self-esteem.
A lack of dignity.
If we are happy in ourselves and with our place in the world and before others, addiction can be less of a temptation.
But it we’re not on solid ground, addiction can be truly devastating…
So like all sobering stories, let’s go back to the beginning!
I grew up during the Troubles, in Northern Ireland.
Some of my earliest memories are a constant deluge of disturbing news on the TV.
So consumed was my consciousness with this conflict in my early years, that often enough, when watching newsreaders on the television, I was scared that a terrorist might burst in and start shooting them…
Irish Republican and Ulster Loyalist terrorists, of course, were known for their unpredictability.
Another early memory of mine, which is more of a general ‘archetype’ or ‘model’ than any specific instance, is when there were emergency checks run by the army, which occurred whenever there was suspicion a terrorist attack was about to occur.
While it’s hard to blame the authorities for doing whatever was needed to keep people safe, and true blame lies with the terrorist organizations, it was certainly very frightening for a young child to have the family car stopped by armed soldiers, asking who we were and where we were going.