If you or someone you love has ever dealt with substance abuse or chemical dependency first-hand, then you probably are familiar with the cycle of addiction. For many addicts and alcoholics, it’s beyond their ability to recognize the cycle. When you add the physical aspects of addiction to the equation, you begin to understand why they are unable to stop despite how much they desire it. There is a solution – and understanding the multifaceted nature of addiction is the best place to begin.
While most people begin drinking or using substances voluntarily, substance abuse will tend to become apparent as an individual starts regularly substituting this behavior for a healthy coping skill. Problems or stress at school, work or in relationships, major changes in any area of life can easily become the catalyst for this transition. Because life has become increasingly stressful or not happening the way it’s perceived it should, the solution becomes to escape.
The problem with dealing with life’s challenges through substance use is that it often produces negative results. Instead of reasoning through a tough situation with counsel from trusted and supportive people, practicing physical activity to lessen stress, or relying on meditation or even a creative outlet of expression as a means to manage the situation, addicts turn to drinking and using. This blocks their ability to see the situation clearly and act on it in a healthy way to manage their life, which in turn perpetuates the problem – and so a cycle starts.
The cycle of addiction will become more consuming as a person who is caught in a pattern of substance abuse continues to encounter unsatisfying outcomes. Having escaped the problem momentarily, it ultimately persists, causing the kind of frustration which leads back to the desire to get high or drunk again. Chemical dependency can develop quickly, so that withdrawal symptoms will perpetuate the cycle of wanting to drink or use again to feel better.
By admitting drugs and alcohol are a problem, and they have lost the ability to control substance use, an addict can begin to treat the source of their addiction. Recovery is a process which requires individuals to evaluate the areas of their life they have been denial about being able to manage effectively. By developing a new method for living life on life’s terms, sobriety can provide a new source to stop the cycle of addiction in its tracks. If you’re ready to make a change for the better and overcome addiction, contact us for a confidential assessment around the clock.