Seeking treatment for overcoming addiction


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Seeking treatment for overcoming addiction

  1. 1. Seeking Treatment for Overcoming AddictionMay 7, 2013| Last Updated on Friday, 10 May, 2013 14:12The decision to get clean certainly isn’t an easy one. Struggling for many years with low self-esteemand a lack of appropriate coping skills has lead to years of abuse, and the misguided belief that youcan’t live without your vice. For many years, the truth about your addiction being completely in yourcontrol has eluded you.However, there is a light at the end of your substance-dependent tunnel. You may be unable to fundyour addiction anymore, or perhaps you’re not as affected by the drugs as you once were. You mayhave even hit rock-bottom completely: lost your job, family, friends, etc. No matter the reason, you’vereached a point in your life where you are finally willing to accept that you do in fact have a problem.Once you’ve acknowledged your problem, the most logical step is to get help, right?“Often times addicts will push this crucial step onto the back-burner.”Making a ConnectionMinimizing your predicament and assuming that you can manage your addiction on your own deprivesyou of the support system you would have had in accepting treatment as a part of your recovery. Theconnections you make at fellowship meetings with other addicts and sponsors are extremely crucial toyour recovery and provide you with an extra set of ears to bounce ideas off of and voice concerns to. Agood support system is invaluable to a recovering addict, as they are often isolated because of theirdrug use. This shows them that they are never truly alone.Triggers for RelapseOpting out of treatment also puts you at greater risk for a relapse. Undergoing treatment provides youwith a wealth of information, tips and strategies for coping with the things that initially triggered yourdrug abuse. Oftentimes treatment centers are staffed with therapists, which help patients address theroot causes of their addictions. Without these individuals, you are missing the largest piece of youraddiction puzzle and are more likely to turn to drugs again due to unresolved issues. When treatingaddiction, it is crucial to address any underlying issues as these are often major contributing factors to aperson’s substance abuse problem.Finding HelpThe most obvious (and constantly overlooked) reason for seeking substance abuse treatment isyourself. Because of the low self esteem you’ve had throughout the years, you’ve been unable to seethat you are worth the help and deserve a better quality of life than you’ve been allowing for yourself.This new-found insight you’ve gained through therapy and fellowship meetings will allow you to makesmarter choices in your life. These choices have somewhat of a domino effect: one positive choiceleads to another and so on. This increased sense of self will help you to better discourage potential druguse in the future.