How Addiction Can Feed On Itself

That host can be a friend or loved one, and it’s not uncommon for addicts to say they feel an they been taken over or possessed by addiction. This is not necessarily far from the truth.
Addiction is a disease that creates its own food supply. The human who’s impacted by addiction is the host, and the emotional and psychological issues that lead that host to feel isolated, depressed, anxious and alone are the food that fuel addiction.

As the host becomes more and more absorbed in addiction behavior, and perhaps retreats in shame and guilt from friends, family, and the sober lifestyle they were once accustomed to, addiction gets fed more and more isolation, loneliness, sadness and frequent fear.  Embarrassing nights out indulging in the escape of drugs and alcohol are recalled in horror, or not recalled at all.  The addict’s behaviors turn from serving as a source of escape, to becoming the reason they need an escape.  This cycle of addiction in turn, feeds itself, at the expense of the host.

That host can be a friend or loved one, and it’s not uncommon for addicts to say they feel an they been taken over or possessed by addiction.  This is not necessarily far from the truth.  People who are dealing with addiction can be very high functioning in certain situations, able to maintain a job, a family life, or perhaps to appear socially appropriate when needed, but the addiction in the background can make loved ones, children, family members and spouses feel like they are constantly waiting for the other shoe to drop.  Discomfort in relationships, especially those that provide stability and support during times of need, can breed more isolation and shame.  This can become very real even if they result only from processes inside the addict’s mind, and don’t stem from judgement or dismissal from the outside.  The truth is that addiction takes advantage of every resource in an addict’s life eating the addict up and draining those around them.  Addiction can be a frightening and terrible disease, but there is help to overcome it.

Breaking the cycle of addictive behavior is hard for everyone involved. When the supportive people in an addict’s life ask that the addict to consider approaching recovery, and give the reasons they would love to have their friend, parent, partner or coworker back, they are performing an intervention, which often leads an addict to consider treatment.  Intervention can be the first step that creates a small hole in addiction’s defenses, since the addict can easily see that there are people who care about them as a person, and wish them to be well.

If the addict accepts the opportunity to engage in recovery treatment, that process can take many forms.  Finding the right form is a highly personal experience for each addict.  Inpatient, outpatient and experiential therapies are available, and no one way is the “right” way.  Each addict must find the path that is the most comfortable, and meets their most important needs.  Some facilities are more flexible, and will allow someone who has family obligations to do what they need to continue to meet those throughout the recovery process.

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