Becoming “hooked” on drugs or alcohol is like being held captive at the bottom of the ocean floor by an octopus. Just as you’re able to escape one tentacle, another captures you and you’re dragged back down. Many of those captured eventually drown, never able to escape for long. Those who do find a way to escape, however, know what a miracle that is and do not take their hard-won victory for granted. Meanwhile…years have passed, relationships have dissolved, life experiences have been missed. How much better it would have been to avoid the octopus altogether.