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    A moment to feel ok

    It's so interesting to me, this brief moment of pleasure, that humans strive for. We (society in general) usually look down on addicts, especially on-the-street addicts, not the hidden or functional ones. We see them as some sort of weaker species: "why didn't they just quit ---whentheyfirstrealizedtheyhadaproblem-- or how sad-itstoobadtheydidntgetsomehelp". As we drive by, we pull out our phone to see what things will make us laugh or who liked our last post. Or we reach for the chocolate covered pretzels to let that delicious fructose melt on our tongue signaling those endorphins to release the dopamines so that the serotonin in our brains will make us happy. Hmmm. Same process, different 'drug'. I mean it's normal, we are human. We NEED these endorphins to even get out of bed in the morning. Everyone has to self regulate their emotions and find their happy place. The problem is when we fail to see that we are doing the same thing they did, no matter their reason for starting, whether it was surgery or one drink on the weekend to relax; some of us don't have, or lose that ability to self regulate the amount. Is that a character defect? Who knows. Gabor Mate might. Many other experts might. But bottom line, we are all human. We all need comfort, to feel warm & loved & that we belong. The fact that 21 million Americans have an addiction, with only 10% being treated; tells me that we still have a huge way to go in reducing shame and sigma of addiction. One way to do this is reduce the judgement that they are somehow any different than us, in the way of willpower or strength. We have zero idea of what choices they had to choose between, whether escaping from abuse one day or a traumatic event or just normal life's stress that we all have. Maybe next time you see someone who's obviously struggling or "looks like they've had a rough life" maybe we could offer a McDonald's gift card, or hand them a heart shaped chocolate candy, or if they seem safe, ask them if they need you to go buy them anything just for today to help them get by. πŸ’žπŸ™‹β€β™‚οΈπŸ’ž How good would that feel to boost our endorphins for even more than a brief moment, probably for the rest of the day? πŸ§‘πŸ™πŸ§‘- Samantha-waters.com

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