Addiction; What You Need to Know!
Posted: September 3, 2015
Realizing that you or a loved one has an addiction can be a very scary but enlightening time. By coming to terms with the addiction, you can start the healing process and get back to a fulfilling and enjoyable life, which has seemed to have slipped away. I have heard the word addiction be referred to as many things including a disease, an illness, and a dysfunction. While all of these words can be used to describe addiction, I don’t agree with this terminology because addiction can be cured. There are countless individuals with incredible success stories about how they have kicked their addictions for good and are now living the life they always knew they deserved. The resources available to those suffering from addiction, whether it be to alcohol, drugs, gambling, sex, etc. are exponential and are growing every day. Our community is finally beginning to realize that addiction is a serious problem that can be addressed and cured for those who are determined to make a life-style change. Even if an individual does not want to attend a residential rehabilitation treatment program and would like to try on their own first, there are so many free support groups and outpatient services available that will provide the education and drive to push forward on the journey to rid any addiction.
Some people might ask themselves, how do I know if I have an addiction? Chances are, if you think you are partaking in an activity whether it be drugs or alcohol that is starting to interfere with daily responsibilities, you might want to seek out help. Addiction in itself is defined by Psychology Today as a “condition that results when a person ingests a substance (such as alcohol, drugs, etc) or engages in an activity (such as gambling, sex, etc) that can be pleasurable but the continued use/act of becomes compulsive and interferes with ordinary life responsibilities (such as work, relationships, etc).
You are not alone when realizing you may have an addiction, and kudos to you for making the difficult decision to do something about it! Addiction can spiral out of control quickly and have detrimental effects on your health, so the sooner you can make a change or do something to change your behavior, the better!
If you or a loved one has realized an addiction is present, congratulations because you have taken the first step towards your recovery. For more information on programs that will fit your needs, American Addiction Network is a great resource and can provide information on how to take the next step in maintaining an addiction free life!