Put simply: No, it’s not. Willpower is not enough to break an addiction.
In fact, addictions have very little to do with willpower.
Addiction is a complicated messy thing that involves every aspect of who we are as people: the physical, emotional, and spiritual parts of us. Regardless of willpower, addiction goes deep into the core of a person.
There are almost always root causes based in emotional trauma that drive people towards any means of relief.
Whether they turn to a substance, a relationship, or an activity, they are hoping for something that numbs a deep pain. They NEED something that provides an escape from the harsh realities of life.
For some, that leads to addiction. What they thought would be a shelter, ends up becoming a prison.
They have no other way of coping with those hurts. The addiction is no longer a choice – it becomes a way of life.
People who have addictions aren’t ‘weak’ people.
People with addictions don’t just lack the mental fortitude to not pick up a bottle.
They very literally can’t stop. They don’t know how.
Additionally, addiction is often generational, so parents and grandparents and great-grandparents were also addicted.
And sadly, many children are born already addicted because their Mothers were.
People who have addictions are just PEOPLE – people who need God’s love, people who need grace, people who need support.
Every day that they come in to the Mission, they’re able to receive those things, as well as the basic physical necessities like food and clothing.
Every day they are still alive is one more day we have the opportunity to give them hope delivered with God’s love.
Streets Alive Mission is dedicated to helping those in every stage of addiction, from dependence to disorder to treatment to recovery. Breaking an addiction requires more than just sheer will power, and we will be there all along the way with love, grace, support, and hope.
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