Addiction is a beast of a problem. Anyone who’s struggled with it or had a family member who has done so knows that it can eat your life up.

And what’s worse is that, contrary to what we believed for so long, there’s very little choice involved. Chemicals rewire our brains such that we can become dependent on poison like we depend on breathing. And what do you do when you can’t get past that?

One option is an intervention, but as these anonymous submissions will testify, that’s a winding road.

10. The bust

“I’m hopeful, but not convinced sadly.”

Source: Whisper

9. The thieves

Prescription drugs are one of the biggest culprits in America.

Source: Whisper

8. The wallet

This is the kind of thing it leads to.

Source: Whisper

7. The fear

Sometimes it feels like a ticking clock.

Source: Whisper

6. The defender

Improvement is possible when confronted with the truth.

Source: Whisper

5. The relapse

It can happen again and again.

Source: Whisper

4. The plan

You have no idea what’s in store.

Source: Whisper

3. The hope

“He just doesn’t want to get better.”

Source: Whisper

2. The father

When kids are involved it’s all the worse.

Source: Whisper

1. The lie

“But I am not hopeful.”

Source: Whisper

If you think that you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, don’t turn a blind eye. The sooner you act, the more hope there is.

Have you had an experience like this? On either side of the addiction issue?

Tell us in the comments.