Can you say stop to an addiction? The whole point of addiction is how very, very hard it is to ‘just say no’ and give up. There’s many good reasons you should, however.
Addiction has many flavours
Remember that the media tropes of drug addicts aren’t the only addiction around. Addiction is complex and multifaceted, and can range from addiction to physical things like porn and sex right through to drugs, alcohol, cigarettes and prescription drugs. And the initial detox is only the start of the journey to good health- quitting addiction is a lifelong battle against craving and relapse. It’s a hard quest to be whole again, and for many it may not be worthwhile.
Why should I try to stop my addiction?
You may feel that it’s not worth the hard journey to sobriety. Maybe you ‘like’ the life you are living, or maybe yum are in full denial that there’s anything wrong at all. If you often finding yourself thinking phrases like ‘I could stop any time I wanted’ and such, you may well have a problem you’re denying to yourself. If you search any resources to stop addiction, you’ll find warnings that it’s not a walk in the park, that it is in fact a long and difficult journey to get and stay sober. Maybe it doesn’t seem worthwhile to you at the moment- so why should you care?
Do you want to be reliant on a substance all the time?
At the heart of it, addiction boils down to moving past ‘wanting’ a substance, to actively needing it to function. Addictions become crippling by tying you too a substance without which you cannot function. Whether or not it feels like it from within the addiction, the effects this has on your life can be devastating. Most addictions require a fuel or money to acquire. They force you to become secretive and lying to loved ones.
They will, likely, cause you to act in ways you may not approve and which go against your moral code. The worst part of this is that you may well not realise it at the time. Addiction cravings can become so strong they override everything, including common sense, and that is why it can be so hard to admit you have substance abuse issues in the first place.
What effect does addiction have on my family?
Remember that you are not alone in your addiction. The family of addicts suffer a host of knock-on effects from that person’s addiction. Children and partners both face emotional unpredictability, and inclination to behave in violent and unpredictable ways, and the emotional instability of the environment can be incredibly detrimental to the mental and physical well-being of minors.
Can I stop alone?
Although some addicts manage to stop their addictions themselves, they are few and far between. Recovery is a process that has to start with you and your will to be healed, but you will need help and support along the way. Believing that willpower alone will do it is one of the easiest ways to lead to a relapse- don’t be afraid to reach out for help. Counselling is an important part of the treatment, both to help you through the rough patches after detox but also to help you develop the tools to cope with life stresses and triggers where previously you would reach for your drug to help you. Other mental issues such as depression can also be addressed. Remember, even once any physical dependence is cured, the habits and ingrained patterns of behaviour generated in your mind will still push you back towards your dependency, and it is vital to address these. Stress, environmental cues and the people around you can all be cues that will push you back into dependence again.
What type of treatment do I need?
No one treatment for addiction is fool proof. There are many paths that can lead to sobriety, so if a place isn’t working for you don’t be afraid to try a different path. What is important is rebuilding a social network of both fellow sober addicts and non-recovering friends, as well as avoiding triggers and learning constructive behaviour patterns. Some people may opt for outpatient addiction recovery, whereas others will be best served by residential treatment. If you cannot guarantee yourself a safe, sober environment in which to reside, sober living houses may be a good thing for you to look into. Therapy can be both group and individual, and finding a support group of recovering addicts who have been through what you are going through is invaluable.
Recovery from addiction is a long, slow process that will require mental and emotional support. However, saying stop to addiction can be one of the most life-changing decisions you make, so don’t be afraid to reach out today and free yourself from your addiction.