Do you or a loved one have an addiction related concern??
Perhaps you are always having “one drink too many”??
Has your use of drugs proceeded beyond the “recreational phase”??
Are you spending more and more of your disposable income on games of chance and gambling??
Is your food disorder causing you physical harm and your family emotional stress??
If you have answered “yes” to one or more of the above questions, do not throw in the towel and loose all hope. Addiction is an incurable, chronic disease-it is progressive and worsens over time. It may even be fatal if left untreated. However, with assistance from Addiction Specialists, recovering addicts may, once again, lead a perfectly normal day-to-day life. Taking on this cunning illness without the help of trained professionals is not recommended, irrespective on how “strong” you perceive yourself to be. Not only are your chances of “long term recovery” very slight indeed, each and every relapse you experience is statistically more dangerous than the previous one, resulting in increased physical and emotional harm.
Once you have “admitted” your specific addiction, it becomes easier to seek professional treatment. You are now ready to embark on the road to recovery. Honest, self-reflection of the issues surrounding your addiction is crucial as many addicts remain in “denial” of this life threatening condition. Many persons may also have one or more underlying emotional and psychological issues. These must be identified and treated in conjunction with the addiction. All the above forms part of your “tailor made” Addiction Treatment Programme-each individual is unique, so too are the complexities surrounding addiction.
Many persons dependant on alcohol and drugs only seek help once they have touched “rock bottom”-usually an abnormal and severe negative consequence such as unemployment, loss of the family home, serious physical and/or emotional illness, trouble with the Law,etc. There is no need to wait until this happens. In fact, the longer you leave your recovery, the harder it will be to maintain long term sobriety. Once the decision to “surrender” has been made, you are advised to avoid “people,places and things” with an association to previous drinking/drugging. They are known “triggers” which could easily cause a relapse. A relapse followed by immediate abstinance is not the end of the world, however, many relapses have led to active addiction. Relapses generally indicate reservations towards your recovery. A complete surrendering to alcohol and drugs is essential.
The road to long term recovery may be rocky at times. The advantages of recovery makes the trip well worth it!