In and of itself, I don’t think that the act of moving is going to solve any underlying issues that led to your addictive condition/dependency or that manifested as a result thereof. That being said, in some cases, it can go a long way in providing the atmosphere in which tackling those underlying issues might become doable. Of course, for most people, just deciding to get up and relocate might not be even remotely close to
doable or a very good idea for that matter. Family status, employment status, and other factors all have to be weighed in.
I can think of several cases where taking such a drastic step may very well have been healthy, necessary and a huge part of overcoming that extremely hard step to “just say no”. A very dear friend of mine, over time, had developed a severe dependency to cocaine. It started out as very much a social thing when going out to bars on weekends, going to see bands, etc… A little blow keeps the engines revved up and when you’re a single guy living in NY City where the bars close at 4AM, a little advantage in wooing the ladies and drinking the competition under the table never hurts, right? Anyway, the gram or two over the weekend started to find its way to hump day, after the softball game, etc… Things took a turn for the worse when a buddy of his
introduced him to crack. Lights out, game over. In short order he was smoking the crap around the clock and it didn’t take long for his attendance at work to suffer to the point where he was let go. He managed to beg, borrow, and swindle his way into maintaining his habit for over a year until there were no more
resources to con to keep the madness going. Eviction from the apartment was really just a matter of when the landlord was going to call the sheriff’s department. The apartment looked like a bomb went off; dishes literally overflowing, things growing in the bathroom, just an all-around horror show. There was no more joy in life, just a quest for the next rock.
Thank God a part of him realized that to continue this way would soon lead to the point of no return. He somehow mustered the resolve to apply for and receive a job offer in a major Midwest City and he
left Dodge. Now, finding a new crack connection in a new city isn’t that easy but definitely doable if that’s what you want to do. He didn’t want to do it and the move and getting settled in gave him enough time to get over the initial cravings and whatnot. Long story short, he thrived and through a lot of
self-reflection and education figured out some of the crap that had been festering within him long before he ever hit on that glass pipe. He met the woman of his dreams, started a family and moved back to NY five years later.
So did the move save his life? In this case, I think maybe it did. Again, nothing would have mattered if he didn’t make the decision that he was done with it. The move just made that decision a lot easier to achieve. In NY crack was on every damn street corner and was just SO easy to get. As I said, if he really wanted to, he could have found it wherever he went but the time element of moving and it’s lack of immediate availability
when he got there, gave him the opportunity to step away from it all.
Was it an easy thing to do? No, he had burned quite a few bridges, left family and friends behind and was charting into totally unknown waters. It took guts, fortitude and DESIRE. I’m just extremely
grateful that it all had a happy ending :->