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Would your rewind the time?

Discussion in 'General Substance Abuse Discussion' started by FuZyOn, May 18, 2015.

  1. rcdpink

    rcdpink Active Contributor

    There are many things that I would love to reverse, but I know all too well that they are irreversible. But if I could I would
  2. rcdpink

    rcdpink Active Contributor

    Indeed sometimes it's not worth trying to reverse anything because it was through the experiences that you learned wisdom and knowledge.
  3. Dwayneu

    Dwayneu Community Champion

    Part of me would love to rewind back and delete all of the mistakes. But our past shapes us, it constructs our whole existence. I am grateful for who I am, and for who I am becoming, and this is thanks to my past experience. Both the bad times and the good times, I've made my choices, and I own them.
  4. kassie1234

    kassie1234 Community Champion

    Hard to say, for me. I would never wish addiction upon anyone, but I feel like what I learned from that period of my life has set me in a better position to tackle the rest of my life. Plus it's given me more empathy when it comes to dealing with others -- I really understand now that everyone out there is struggling with something, and it's important to be kind.
  5. SPR012

    SPR012 Member

    "What is past is prologue" wrote Shakespeare. Without my history of addiction, I would not be the person I am today. Fighting and overcoming addiction has made me the person I am today. Only through life's struggles and challenges can we grow, develop, and become stronger people. The time and money I have wasted is truly depressing, but I am in a better place now only due to my own will to beat addiction. It is possible!
  6. Nergaahl

    Nergaahl Community Champion

    No, I wouldn't. My past is a part of me which will always be there, and played an important role in forming my personality. I would never give up on it, no matter how dark it may be. I have learned many important lessons from it and it helped me become more mature and opened up new perspectives. I don't regret anything.
  7. L_B

    L_B Community Champion

    My partner always said that if he could go back in time and change things in his life that he would change everything. That is he not proud of anything he has ever done in his life. It is sad that he feels that way. He has been addicted to alcohol, many different drugs, been homeless and sleeping on the streets, begging for money, etc., involved in all kinds of not so good things and the list goes on and on. He said he wishes he had met me sooner and then maybe his life would be different then it is today but yet he refuses to get help and refuses to change.
  8. deanokat

    deanokat Community Organizer Community Listener

    In a perfect world, I would love to rewind the clock and have my son never be addicted to drugs. But I am well aware that I have learned from his addiction, and that going through it with him has made me a better person. I wrote a blog about this very subject a couple of years ago. Maybe some of you would be interested in reading it. Here's the link:

    Did I Just Say That?

    Great topic, @FuZyOn!
  9. Tsky45

    Tsky45 Community Champion

    If I knew what I know now I would have avoided a lot of things. The past is gone but we can learn from the mistakes we made then. I'm sure a lot of people would have done things differently in life if they could. There's a lot of information about what causes addictions now more than there was before. The past can be used as lessons to help better your future.
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  10. Psyduck

    Psyduck Active Contributor

    Yes! Given that chance, I'm really positive that most of the addicts would go back in time and prevent them from being an addict. Majority of the addicts, only continue doing it because they cannot go back. If they're given a chance, they would.
  11. deanokat

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  12. anorexorcist

    anorexorcist Community Champion

    Well, I don't think so, because as you've said, I learned a lot from that experience and even if my physical health doesn't agree I think that it was a big part of my life lessons, but at the same time I wish that I would have save all that money to buy more positive things!
  13. oraclemay

    oraclemay Community Champion

    I really don't know if I could consider this. Everything that has happened to me has made me the person I am today and I have gained a lot of knowledge and insight that I may never have had. I don't think this would be an option for me.
  14. doatk22

    doatk22 Community Champion

    I wouldn't change it. I am where I am today probably because of where my life went.
  15. Adrianna

    Adrianna Community Champion

    Isn't that an interesting thing to ask. I've heard the question in different context. Asking if there is anything in your life that you regret.
    We tend to feel regrets more due to the fact of other people's judgements against what you've done. Other than a little self destruction it is someone's choice to have an addiction basically. I kind of think of it as something that builds character.
  16. MyDigitalpoint

    MyDigitalpoint Community Champion

    I have to agree that addiction gave me experience and endurance that maybe I couldn't gain on my own without having falling into it.

    However if I could rewind the time and avoid falling into alcohol addiction, today my health would probably be much better than it is today, and I would be able to do things I couldn't do because of the lack of sobriety.

    Even though, nobody knows what would happen if I wouldn't be addicted, perhaps my health would be better, but my life not at all.

    I can't say I am happy to remember the days I was lost in alcohol, but I'm happy to be the person I am today, no matter the past and all its pain.
  17. deewanna

    deewanna Senior Contributor

    I don't have any regrets about anything in my entire life. I have always done everything with a motive.
    Fighting an addiction is a very difficult process, lots of people are solicited and can not and will not cease.
    I am not sure if this is true with everyone, I am only able to talk from experience.
  18. Jasmine2015

    Jasmine2015 Community Champion

    As much as I like the idea of going into the past and change things I wouldn't do that. I already know I'm bound to make mistakes and be ignorant about something. I would rather just look into the future to see possible consequences over going through something and then trying to go back to the past to change things. It just saves me time in my opnion.
  19. GettingBetter

    GettingBetter Senior Contributor

    Tough question. I tend to agree with most people here though that I wouldn't change my past. I wish I didn't have the health and financial problems I have as a result of my addictions, but everyone has made mistakes and that is a big part of what makes a person themselves, so I can't justify any regrets.

    Questions like this are actually pretty unhelpful I think; focusing on the current day is the best strategy to stay mentally healthy in my opinion.
  20. Joyner

    Joyner Member

    This is something I struggle with. To be perfectly honest, if I could go back in time, I would. In fact, I have the exact date (day, month, and year) that I would go back in time. Kinda sad, isn't it?

    That said, the problem with this is I actually have a caveat. I would go back in time only if five things in my life could stay the same. And that's the problem. In spite of the crappy decisions I've often made, some good has come in these years. I don't know if changing the life path would cancel out the good that also happened. Furthermore, I would have to have a guarantee that things would not get any WORSE by me going back in time.

    Then, I have to shake myself out of the fantasy that I could go back and change anything. It's not possible. It's just better to try to improve every single day in the present.