Matt: What’s up everybody. Matt and Greg here with Project Unbroken. Hit that Subscribe button, help us get the word out about Project Unbroken. Today, we’re talking about millennials and why they have such a difficult time dealing with addiction. Disclaimer. Greg and I are considered millennials, so we’re not hating on anybody out there. But we see some things that might stand out a little bit, maybe about just day to day things that millennials are used to or ways that we have grown up and how it affects addiction.
Personally, I think one of the big ones that millennials struggle with with addiction is the fact that we have had access to most things in our life with a certain amount of immediate gratification. Things come pretty quickly to us. We have smartphones, instant messages, constant Internet access. At the touch of a button we can find out the answer to any question we want. We have Amazon Prime same day delivery. Everything’s really quick and easy. We don’t have to wait for the thing that we want.
When I think we’re dealing with addiction, it’s a little bit different because the only thing between being in addiction and finding recovery is time.
Greg: Yeah. I think we’re a bunch of fucking spoiled brats, us millennials. Like Matt said, we can get everything instantly. You’ve got instant fast food. I think that has conditioned us to where we want everything, and we want it now. We want to feel good, we want to feel good right now, hence heroin. You take heroin and immediately you feel great. You take any type of drug, cocaine, bam. You feel great. Then you get caught up in the addition and though you’re trying to get off it, and you start feeling shit, and you’re like, “But I want to feel better. I want to feel better now.” So, what do you do? You start using again. You start getting caught back in that cycle of addiction.
I think definitely like Matt said we’re just starting to be conditioned to want what we want and want it now. We want it right now. We’re brats. I think the way society and technology has come along it’s turned millennials into brats. Not just millennials but a lot of people where they just want what they want and they want it now. Sometimes you got to be patient, and I think that it’s definitely something that’s rubbed off and skyrocketed. Addiction especially with the opioid epidemic.
Matt: Yeah, I think it makes it really difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel and what you’re working towards. We, Greg and I, are really big on the fact that we’ve learned so many lessons through our addiction, and I think patients is a huge one, absolutely. And I think it’s been successful in a lot of areas in my life just seeing the fact that if I put a little bit of work in today and I put in a little bit of work in tomorrow and the next day and the next day, down the road it’s really going to pay off. Addiction, I think, is what taught me that lesson because I’ve been able to come so far in so many areas of my life after learning that it’s just essentially one day at a time.
And that was really, really hard for me to wrap my head around at first because I knew towards the end of my addiction when my life was becoming unmanageable, I knew that I wanted to be off of it. And in the back of my mind I knew that I was really a long way off from being okay. That was really difficult to struggle with. Instead of saying “Let’s start today and then hopefully in two years I’ll be completely back to square one”, I’d be like, “Ah, let’s just use and feel better right now.”
Greg: You brought up the word patience. Patience, that is such a big word, and it’s really something because of the way people are today, especially millennials, it can give you a huge advantage. I’m very successful. I have a very successful online business that I’ve created, and I worked really hard for that. I put a lot of time in where I worked for years making nothing. It’s a pretty high dollar membership to get into this program, and I’ve given this to people for free around here. They’re trying to get started. I’m trying to get started in an online business. I’m like, all right, so I’ll give them access to this membership, and a week later they’re like, “Man, there’s just so many videos in here.” I’m like, “Are you fucking kidding me?” There’s people who paid thousands of dollars for this information, and after a week you’re giving up when you haven’t even really gone through the videos?
If you have patience, it will take anywhere you want to go. You got to realize that. And it really gives you a leg up because so many people are not patient now that if you can master patience and realize that things just take time, it can take you wherever you want to go.
Matt: Absolutely. Yeah, it’s just that will teach you that just one step in the right direction, if you stay on the path, you’re going to end up where you want to be. That’s something we talk also a lot about is that now if there’s a goal that we have in our personal lives or they’re business related, health related, whatever it is, it’s not a matter of if I can accomplish this. It’s just when. That’s a 100% because I know all I need to do is work a little bit in that direction every single day and I’ll be there. Years go by so quickly now. You have no idea how much you can accomplish just by moving in that direction. It doesn’t have to be fast. You will absolutely get there. And that goes for recovery as much as it goes for health or building a business or anything like that. Just moving in the right direction slow and steady you’re going to absolutely get where you want to go.
Greg: I know we joked a little bit about all of us millennials are a bunch of fucking brats, but it’s really just true. Society has conditioned us that way. It’s not really our fault, it’s just the way things have happened. But again if you can be conscious of it and be aware that not everything needs to be instant, it can really help take your life in a positive way and get you things that you’re looking for.
Matt: Absolutely. Well, I think that covers it guys. Thank you for watching. If you have anything to add to the discussion, leave us a comment. Let us know your thoughts. Hit the Subscribe button, and we look forward to talking to you guys soon.
Greg: See you everyone.