After listening to someone describe the horrors she experienced from drug abuse, I smirk and say to a friend "Wow I'm sure glad I didn't have all those consequences from my addiction." My friend winks and reminds me, "Not yet." Addiction is incurable, fatal, and progressive. Progressive means that if we pick up a drug - even after years of sobriety - we will soon be using that drug as if we had never stopped using. We will have even more consequences. So next time you compare your experiences to someone else's, be sure to add the word "yet." And don’t just fear the "yets"; also remember to fear the "agains."
Think of a horrible consequence that has not happened, but could happen if you use. feel the relief for not using.