The Evasive Quick Fix

An adorable hat on a bad hair day?


In this day and age, everyone seems to be looking for the latest and greatest “fix” for their lives, and we want it with little to no effort or time invested on our end. Whether it’s the latest fad diet, wrinkle cream, get-rich-quick offer, or wellness fad,  we’ve all fallen prey to making this feudal attempt at the quick fix.

Interestingly, our desire for instant gratification and quick fixes is driven by our brain chemistry. This neural pathway and neurotransmitter interaction results in positive feelings, which is very easy to get hooked on.

The person struggling with a substance use disorder has strengthened this neurochemistry with every use of their drug(s) of choice. They’ve altered the wiring and chemistry in their brains and sadly, there’s no quick fix when they decide to pursue recovery.

Unfortunately, this is what everyone wants and expects. Minimal effort, maybe a magic medication, anything to make the process of recovery quick and painless. Sadly, The damage that occurs to the addicted brain does not occur quickly and likewise does not go away quickly, despite well-meaning family and friends attempts to speed the process. Nagging, ridiculing, and bullying the person struggling with addiction do nothing to speed the process. In fact, research shows that addiction needs to be treated from multiple modalities and that brain healing can take upwards of 18-24 months. This is DEFINITELY not the quick fix we are all hoping for… there’s no adorable hat for this problem.

The fact that there isn’t a quick fix for substance use disorders is precisely why we should be treating those fighting for their sobriety with sympathy and support, even in the face of a relapse. I challenge you to be educated, encouraging, compassionate, supportive, and ready to strap in for the ride as the person you are supporting engages in a battle, with their brain, for their sobriety. 

Blessings today and always!