“I am an addict.” These four simple words can be incredibly liberating, yet, for some individuals this is very difficult to admit. This may be because the of the stigma that surrounds the word “addict.” Often when individuals think of addicts, they imagine dirty people living on the streets, thriving off of violence in order to maintain their addiction, constantly being in and out of jail; however this is not the case with every addict. Many addicts have never lived on the street or have been to jail. There are addicts who appear on the outside to live normal lives. Addicts are individuals who struggle with addiction, they are not always inherently immoral individuals. There is no shame in admitting you are an addict.
When one finally comes to the realization that they may need help with their drug or alcohol use, they may initially resist the title of addict. Pride and ego are in the way, which hinders the growth of recovery. To relinquish oneself from the grips of denial, they must admit to their disease. In realizing what they are they then know what they need to do.
With the freedom that comes from stepping out of denying one’s addiction problem, one is now open to making great progress.In getting help from a drug and alcohol treatment center, one can learn about their disease and how to get it under control. An addict in treatment can learn about how to cope with cravings for substances and how to handle stress without the use of substances. Then, once treatment is completed, an aftercare program including an outpatient program, sober living, and 12-step meetings should be utilized. With all this work put into motion, and an open mind, progress is inevitable.
The key to keeping recovery on track is to persevere even in the face of adversity. When it comes to harnessing cravings for substances is when remembering that one is an addict is extremely critical. In keeping in mind that one is an addict, one can remember that they cannot use any mood or mind altering substance because doing so will carry them back into the pitfalls of addiction. Always living in the truth that one is an addict will keep them on the path of recovery. In staying in recovery, the freedom from active addiction will be limitless.
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Company Name: Wilderness Treatment Center
Contact Person: Nancy
Address:200 Hubbart Dam Rd
Country: United States