It was the middle of the night when he was awakened by the cold and the feeling that he might wet himself. He gathered the layers of heavy blankets tightly around his neck to keep warm and tried to ignore the other concern.
He had been addicted for so long he could no longer remember when exactly it all started.
Prior to his addiction, all those many years ago, he was just like any normal person, but now this was his normal.
From his very first hit of the stuff he was hooked—it did not work that way on everyone. In fact, most people successfully resisted it—after maybe trying it once or twice. Others were able to kick the habit even after using for many years—but they usually needed some sort of recovery program to maintain their sobriety.