It seems to me that many times people seek help when they are faced with loss.  Then, they see value in the situation and realize that change is needed to keep the source of value.

For example, when a married man is caught with a woman who isn’t his wife, he suddenly begs his wife for forgiveness and swears upon a stack of bibles that he’s gonna stop cheating and be a good husband.  Or, a woman who has missed so much work that people wonder if she’s already been terminated begs the boss for another chance to prove that she does in fact care about her job.  Or even the alcohol abuser who learns of his advanced case of sclerosis and then wishes upon every first star he sees that he could stop drinking and get healthy.

Ben Franklin is credited with saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”  In all three examples above, Ben’s statement rings quite true.  Had the husband cherished his wife all along and kept his affections squarely targeted on her alone, he would have never needed to ask for forgiveness.  Had the worker lady worked hard every day of her scheduled employment, she would have proven herself and wouldn’t have had to ask for another chance.  Finally, had the alcohol abuser not started drinking, his liver would have been healthy and he could’ve saved his wishes for something else.

In reality, there are those people who don’t care about losing anything.  For them, I send love and light and hope that they can find something of value for which they can care.  I truly hope they can find it.  Without a source of value, life can be a meaningless waste of time.  But, the majority of people do in fact care about love and being productive and healthy.  And wanting to change to keep something of value is a good thing.  The power of life is that the past is dead and gone and we only really have to worry about moving forward, right now.  That’s basically what it all comes down to: Being the best person we can right now, for always.

We all have a lot to lose, even if we can’t see it.  While there are many problems associated with substance abuse, the saddest problem is that drugs and alcohol blind people to the valuable circumstances that surround all of humanity.  Really, though, drugs and alcohol aren’t the only things that blind us.  Jobs, selfishness, greed; anything can