VANDALIA — John Baldasare, an addiction professional for 42 years, spoke to the Rotary Club of Vandalia on Thursday concerning addictions and recovery.
Baldasare said that people that are addicted are truly sick and need to get well. He said they often experience loneliness and are unable to fix the addiction on their own. He also indicated that they have a lot of guilt and shame stemming from the addiction. He used three C’s to describe addiction: harmful consequences, compulsive use and loss of control.
Baldasare then offered five positive steps for the person who is overcoming an addiction. He said they need to get sober from the drug they’re addicted to. He then talked about love and the importance of allowing other people who care about them to help them, to love themself and to reach out to others. He then stressed unity or joining up with others similary affected, an example is Alcholics Anonymous. He stressed the importance of growth and self improvement. He concluded with an emphasis on spirituality or realizing there is a higher power available to them which can be reflected through gratitude, prayer and meditation in which the person comes to a place of “peace of mind.”