The words emergency and urgent tend to catch our attention. Until a warning sign is critical, we tend to ignore them. That is what was concluded through research regarding weather warning signs and why they go unnoticed until it is an emergency.
For accuweather.com, Dr. Laura Meyers of the Center for Advanced Public Safety explained there are a few simple reasons why people ignore weather warnings which could give them the time they need to prepare for survival. First, she mentions, is timing. If people have too much time between a warning and a consequence, they are likely to get tired of waiting for that consequence to arrive. Instead of continuing to wait, they will grow weary and ignore the warning entirely, writing it off. Sometimes, it’s too late. Quite profoundly, the article describes, “regardless of the warning, some people wait until they see their life is in danger.” It is also mentioned that some people give their attention to other places. According to the article, there is “sociological evidence that people feel silly for taking shelter; that it somehow reflects poorly on their courage.”
Interestingly, courage is a word we often use to describe people who come to recovery. It takes courage to weather the storm of addiction and alcoholism, and seek the shelter of sobriety. So often, addiction and alcoholism are coping mechanisms, acting as our shelter against any kind of storm which has entered our lives and threatened our livelihood. However, far too many people feel the same way about the warnings of danger and emergency in their addictions as they do to weather. They think it’s silly to take initiative to get help, unless they can really see the impending danger. Unfortunately, with drug addiction and alcoholism, by the time the storm hits, the emergency has passed. In the middle of the storm, it can difficult to find a way out. The chances are slim for survival.
It is nothing more than pride which prevents us from displaying the necessary humility to ask for help or heed to warning signs when they make themselves evident. Pride, in addition to ignorance, cost people their lives to addiction and alcoholism every day.
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