Dependence upon alcohol or drugs is something that affects far more men and women than many realise.
Those suffering from addiction certainly have no intention of advertising the fact, and they quickly become adept at masking the extent of dependence from those closest to them.
They also work very hard to convince themselves that control is theirs and they will be able to cease use whenever they are ready.
Unfortunately, it does not take their loved ones very long to realise there is a problem, and although this may initially be played down it will not prevent their suspicions from growing. Before too long the only person the addict is really fooling is themselves.
We will consider factors surrounding addiction, major stumbling blocks preventing those in need from seeking professional rehab assistance, why acceptance of addiction must be acknowledged, and what form of treatment gives the best chance of overcoming a dependence that is destroying your life.
Angst, Misery and Despair:
Addiction is not exclusive to one type or class of person, it has no racial or religious barriers and readily accepts both sexes into its ever-increasing club.
Entry is far easier than many realise. They accept the tempting invitation without fully understanding that access comes readily, but the hurdles to clear before exit is achieved are anything but.
It goes without saying that dependence affects the addict in a variety of ways. This includes physical, mental and social issues that deepen over time. What is often forgotten or ignored is the angst, misery and despair their addiction causes to those closest to them.
These partners, family members and close friends are often subject to undeserved feelings of frustration and sadness at the lack of acknowledgement or response to their heartfelt offers of help.
Healing can only start with acceptance:
Denial is the major stumbling block for those currently suffering from dependence. When questioned by others they will vehemently deny that dependence currently has the better of them. Nor will they admit to the true amount and regularity of the alcohol they are drinking or the drugs being consumed.
While this type of denial may be seen as a natural reaction there is a far more serious type of denial that must be addressed.
Self-denial must stop:
An addicts defence mechanism is surrounded by a self-denial mentality that is very difficult to break down.
They will convince themselves that their problem is not as serious as it is, they will convince themselves that they can simply cease use when they are good and ready, and they will convince themselves not to dwell on the problems their substance abuse is causing themselves and those closest to them.
The reason these convictions are so strong is because deep down they are very, very scared. They know their problem is extremely serious, they know it will be nigh-on impossible to simply cease use, and they are fully aware that if they dwell on these issues for too long that their denial defence mechanism will be breached.
Acceptance – A huge step towards healing:
It is only when an addict takes the decision to fully accept that substance abuse currently has the better of them, and that professional help is required that they will be ready to receive treatment.
Their ‘buy-in’ to treatment offered will trigger a chain of events that is designed to give them the best possible chance of leading a life free from dependence.
Increased chances of success:
It is absolutely vital that an addict maintains a positive and determined attitude during and beyond initial treatment. It is also known that by opting for the services of a respected inpatient rehabilitation establishment that the chance of success is enhanced.
There are good reasons and ample literature available that explain why this form of focused treatment can work effectively.
It is also recommended that those serious about recovery contact an experienced councillor at a respected inpatient rehab facility to hear firsthand just what is available and why this form of treatment is so effective.