t’s a hard truth about addiction: it comes in all forms, shapes, and sizes. For some, it’s alcohol. For others, it’s stimulants. There’s also addiction to sex, to gambling, to television, even to exercise. Whatever your addiction may be, there’s no reason to abandon ship. You can turn the ship around. It’s easier to overcome addiction for good than you think.
Look on the inside
When confronted by a concerned friend or loved one, you may want to assure them that, no, you’re okay: You “have it all together.” You have a job, you have friends, you have a degree. Reality check: Productivity and addiction aren’t mutually exclusive. There are lots of functioning alcoholics and drug addicts out there. The bottom line: Nobody should need a substance, no matter how little, just to function normally – not unless they’ve been prescribed that exact amount by a licensed medical expert. This isn’t about you being wrong; this is about you being in pain.
Let the shame out
Addiction, as difficult as it may be to accept, can be overcome with diligence, good choices, and positive influences. Life is full of such obstacles. This one happens to be highly stigmatized, which is why so many addicts avoid the tools they need to succeed. Recovery is where the shame must end. It’s also where the shame should end. Even if you feel as though you “let” your addiction control you before, one thing is for certain: it’s not controlling you anymore.
Let the support in
Although serious self-introspection requires outside assistance – usually that of a counselor or psychiatrist – the possibility of success really lies within. Addiction recovery is like a science: it requires a lot of trial and a lot of error. Different approaches work for different individuals. The most important factor is to retain your energy and enthusiasm. You’re in an uphill battle. For the rest of your life, you’ll be walking up a down escalator. No matter how confident you become, it’ll never stop moving, which means you can’t either.
Here are some fundamental questions to ask yourself each and every day. While in group meetings, keep these in mind:
What would I like to learn about myself?
How can I use this experience to better myself for the future?
How can I strengthen my mind, body and spirit?
What are the best influences with whom I can surround myself?
Who can I trust to help keep me on track?
What exactly are my goals?
For help with an addiction of any kind, contact our friendly expert staff here at The PAC Program and let us assemble a recovery plan that can get you back on your feet.