The Hurricane of Addiction

My dear friend Anna sent me a text this morning…she’s this amazing soul with deep insight.  While watching the news reports of Hurricane Irma, it comes to mind a harsh and strikingly similar feeling of addiction and the powerful destructiveness of anyone or anything in its path.

Addiction is a progressive disease, much like the progressive formation of a hurricane.  Hurricane Addiction can begin like droplets of rain, seemingly harmless, with no one really batting an eye.  Its just rain some say…its just a couple of drinks others say.

But over time, the forces of addiction can grow, picking up speed, and before you even realize it, the intense battle has now begun.

Hurricane Addiction will grab a hold and try to destroy EVERY SINGLE person in its way.  It comes with a force so strong, that it can strip away your home, your job, even your loved ones.

The question is do we hunker down and weather the storm?  Or do we evacuate?  Or does it depend on the category of the “storm?

The future of its path can depend on many things, but one thing is for sure, you must HOLD ON, HAVE HOPE, and NEVER stop the love.


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  1. Janis September 9, 2017 at 10:38 am - Reply

    Hold on, have hope, never stop the love


  2. Maggie Parris September 9, 2017 at 11:27 am - Reply

    Perfect analogy!

  3. Julie September 9, 2017 at 1:43 pm - Reply

    love it!

  4. Kari September 11, 2017 at 1:06 pm - Reply

    Thank you Katie! Love this!

  5. Jennifer Puhl September 14, 2017 at 2:33 pm - Reply

    Prayers for all that struggle to conquer addiction and to the families that lose sleep and grief stricken. Take it a day at a time. I have an addicted 31 yr.old daughter whom is still struggling. 3 of her friends have od in 2 weeks this month. She is sad and trying to stay away from heroin and i worry everday for her not to be next. The fetanyol they are lacing it with is pure murder. Time to find the dealers and put them away! Thanks for listening….”Hasten down the wind”💔

  6. Carolyn September 15, 2017 at 9:04 pm - Reply

    We have struggled for the past 20 years with our daughter’s addictions: first to an eating disorder that lasted for 8 years (and we fear at times still raises its ugly head, if nothing more than in the ongoing battle our daughter has with not being able to see how beautiful she REALLY is…having a struggle with her body image!). She’s a VERY CAPABLE RN with 17 years of experience, but she’s sold herself short with the 3 main relationships in life that she’s had with men – all seem to have taken advantage of her in so many ways: sexually, financially, emotionally, physically! Amd she seemed to choose narcissistic sociopaths everytime!!! She married an overcontroller and gamble-aholic, had 3 beautiful daughters with him. But after 6 years of trying to make life work with him and tired of his verbal and emotional abuse, she divorced him. Next came a Muslim with whom the Bible talks about not being “unequally yoked!” We raised our son and daighter in the Christian faith, and while my husband and I had met in our church’s youth group, and our son met his wife of now 20 years at a Christian high school, our daughter met her ex-husband on, and she met the Muslim in a bar. He started out to be a romantic, fun-loving nice guy, but ended up getting her introduced to “Spice,” an over-the-counter type of pot!!! He started controlling her, was her drug dealer, and got her to the point she stayed stoned to the point she couldn’t work!!! We had to rescue her from him 2 years in a row, try to get her into rehab, and she’d head right back to him! But she finally got her fill of him, booted him out, and started stalking her! He came by her home, was jealous of a neighbor guy who was trying to protect Trish from the Muslim’s physical abuse, and he pulled out a gun, shot holes in the man’s house, and is now sitting in prison for several more years!!! But that cost our daughter the custody of her beautiful girls…to her maniac of an ex-husband! And losing them caused her to start drinking! And going to her hospital while trying to go cold-turkey off of the alcohol caused her to have a seizure at her patient’s bedside. Her nursing license was suspended 9 months ago…and she us battling back to get her career, her girls, and a drug-free/alcohol-free life back! All we can do is pray that she’s strong enough to be a great Mom to ger girls, live in sobriety and have a great future ahead! We PRAY for God to bring the right Christian man into her life who will appreciate her for the beautiful, fun-loving, caring person she truly is and be the man she longs to have in her life!!! Thanks for sharing your and your daughter’s story! Praying for her longterm healing from her addiction!!!

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