With so much stigma still attached to addiction, it is not difficult to understand why so many people are reluctant to admit to having a problem. However, before even thinking about overcoming this illness, you must be willing to recognise that the problem exists.
Do You Have an Addiction?
Accepting a diagnosis of addict is a tough thing to do, but it is particularly important. If you continue to practice denial, you will likely slip further down the path of addiction, making it much harder to achieve permanent recovery.
Getting to the point where you can admit to having allowed your use of a particular substance to get out of control or where you believe you no longer have full control over a specific activity can be a challenge.
But go ahead and ask yourself the following questions:
- Are you regularly using a mood-altering substance or engaging in a specific activity to make you feel better?
- Have you increased your use of this substance or are you engaging in this activity more often in order to achieve the same level of satisfaction?
- Have you started to neglect your loved ones or your responsibilities at home or at work?
- Do you lie to your loved ones about what you are doing?
- Do you continue to use this substance or take part in this activity, even when knowing it could result in negative consequences?
If you have answered yes to any of the above questions, you may need to speak to a professional about regaining control of your life once more.
Accessing Help for Addiction
Addiction could destroy your life if you do not act. Rather than being an illness that will pass if you ignore it, addiction is far more likely to get worse. Your health, relationships, and finances will all deteriorate if you continue with your addictive behaviour.
Reaching out for help takes a great deal of courage, but when you do you will experience a profound sense of relief. You have probably been bottling up your feelings and emotions for quite some time and may even have been living in denial. It is often far easier to pretend that everything is fine than to admit to having a problem.
If you are struggling with addiction and need help, please do not hesitate to contact me today. With years of experience and an in-depth knowledge of all types of addiction counselling, I can help you to overcome your illness with counselling and therapy designed to help you learn more about your illness and how you can move forward to live an addiction-free life.
Please get in touch today to find out more about the services I provide, including family therapy for addiction, and how I can assist you in taking control of your life once more.