Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Addiction and the Abyss of Loneliness

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Addiction and the Abyss of Loneliness

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Everyone knows someone struggling with addiction. Functional addicts are all over the workplace. There are alcoholics with vodka in their iced tea, people who swallow morphine, percoset or vicodin for pain and still perform their jobs, post-op patients being endlessly medicated by legal prescription for years rather than being healed and, yes, heroin users. People in addiction are right next to you.

What's your drug? Food? Shopping? Sex? Everyone has something but few are brave enough to name it.

Addiction breeds separation, and separation births loneliness. Loneliness can cause a soul to scream so loudly for attention that it will literally kill to get it.

Among the late Rev. Billy Graham's papers were yellowing stacks of letters from people all over the world who wrote to him seeking prayer for relief from the abyss of loneliness. …

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