You Can Lead a Horse to Water, but You Can't Make It Drink

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You Can Lead a Horse to Water, but You Can't Make It Drink

By | October 2011
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One who seems to be in need in help is not always one to be searching for it. To many if not all the need to help another might seem urgent in times such as drug addiction, financial problems, or a troubled marriage. The help being received is not always welcomed with open hands. A person can get helped by many others, but if they are reluctant to change their ways, Then there is no point in them being helped. This is stated in the adage “you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink.” This adage comes to prove that there is no use in helping those who are comfortable with their life style no matter how atrocious it is. Whether in relationships, history, or the public world, this adage is proven to be true in all aspects of life.

In everyday experiences this adage is proven to be true. A drug addict might be placed in counseling to help him overcome an addiction. The counselor will suggest various techniques to overcome his addiction. She might suggest getting a recovery partner, who is someone he can contact 24/7 in case he feels like taking drugs and is finding it hard to resist the temptations of the addiction. Another tactic will be to occupy his mind elsewhere by going to the gym, taking dance classes or maybe getting involved in the community. These techniques are all very useful tools that will help him overcome his addiction. He has now been handed the tools to help him overcome his addiction, but if he is unwilling to use them then nothing will be fixed. As a drug addict, he is not looking for “tools” to fix his addiction, he just wants it to be fixed. The adage was proven true because the addict was lead to recovery but didn’t take it. While the counselor did everything in her power to help him, it ultimately boils down to if he wants to help himself. Research has shown that long term drug use results in significant changes in the brain function as a result the addict is not able to see his addiction as a problem. He might think that he...