Addictions do not care if you are a blue collar or white collar worker, whether you are a politician and celebrity, whether you are young or aged, male or female! What makes addiction recoverable, is each individual, willing to shed the stigma that is associated with it and that keeps people from coming out, talking about it and most importantly, seeking treatment. It is very important to understand, that addiction is an illness, which is aggressive, chronic, and sometimes fatal. Addiction is a disease of the brain, that can be treated, including alcoholism, drug abuse, weight issues, and any other obsession that ruins people’s lives.
Trying to defeat an addiction will not be easy, but it is not impossible. This change can be achieved with the right support, treatment, and having the addict admit that they need help. It is important not to give up, even if you have tried before and relapsed. The pathway from addiction and recovery, is not smooth, there may be setbacks, but when you are forced to face your problem, you are already half way to your point of a better life. To recover from an addiction requires patience, time, commitment, motivation, and lots of support, from family, friends, and the addiction recovery community.
When you make the decision to seek help, there are many treatments to help. Some may require medical supervision to detox or you may to stay at a rehabilitation facility. Addiction treatment services can involve medical doctors, psychologists, the clergy, social workers, and counselors. When you seek help for your addiction and recovery treatment, all of these professionals are needed to help you with medical, psychological, or other issues that you will experience. Don’t try to recover on your own, because you need a strong, solid support system that provides guidance, encouragement, and a attentive ear.
Addiction and recovery is a life-long issue because even when you have recovered from your addiction, you will have to deal with the problems that led to your underlying addiction problems. Usually addicts are suffering from stress, loneliness, anger, shame, frustration, hopelessness, all of which must be addressed to get the help that you need. Many recovery techniques involve changes that must take place in your life. Fill your life with rewards and a purpose, which allows your brain to change, followed by your addiction loosing its appeal. Suggested changes, include:
• become involved in your community by joining addiction free groups and activities;
• become involved in a hobby that challenges your thought processes and peaks your imagination;
• begin a light exercise regimen, that involves walking, jobbing, swimming, etc.
Regular exercise improves your mental and physical health. It will increase your energy level, help you sleep, and keep your stress level down. It will also improve your mood, because when you feel good about yourself, addiction problems are less of a temptation;
• set achievable goals for yourself. When you adopt goals and begin to work toward them, you are looking forward and backwards, which is more addictive than what you thought that your addiction gave you. The more that you do to stay healthy, the easier it is to fore go relapsing.
By Carter Relyea