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When is it Time to Seek Help for Your Addiction?



When is it time to seek help for your addiction?

It’s a common fact that everyone copes with the negatives in their lives differently. Some ways, of course, are far more destructive than others. A person’s ability to deal with negative emotions and stages of their life lies in the psychological and biological build-up of their genetics. For many, emotional pain is so unbearable that their solution is to get rid of the cause or pain as quickly as possible. This is where addiction comes in. Many substances offer an immediate “fix” for all your problems. Or, at least, it seems that way in the moment.

These substances are self-administered, meaning that you don’t have to bother with the underlying cause of your pain. It’s a Band-Aid that temporarily makes everything better. From there, addiction conditions your body into craving the relief of the substance. It is a biological, psychological, and emotional dependency. Coming off these substances often causes the initial problems to return in even greater force, often coupled with your body going through withdrawal.

When is it Time to Seek Help?

The point when someone accepts that they need help is different for everyone. There is typically an outside force or trigger that hits you like a ten-ton truck. You can choose to accept the responsibilities and pain you have been causing others and try to repair those ties, or you can further run from life and all the beauty that it can hold. Whether it is an intervention or some other event that makes you realize you need help, don’t run from it.

For some substances, it takes years to build up to a complete addiction. Alcoholism is one of them. Drinking alcohol, in general, is a socially accepted cultural norm. It takes years, if not decades, to develop through the stages of alcoholism. You might start drinking to forget about your stressful job, but then your tolerance increases. Initially, the rewards might seem great, but over time, the body’s ability to break down the alcohol decreases. Eventually, if unchecked, a person’s drinking habits can become as consuming and damaging to their health and life as any other drug.

Treatments Available to You

Start with a medical doctor when you are seeking help to end your addiction. They will diagnose and prescribe treatment options based on your needs. It is important to remember your overall health when you are looking to end your addiction. Your body will have taken quite the beating, and it is imperative to be in top form.

Detoxing is a painful process and might be coupled with medication. There are medications in certain addictions that have been linked to reducing chances of relapse, but the most universally effective method of kicking an addiction is through behavioural therapy and support groups. AA Meetings, for instance, offer the support you need to maintain sobriety after your detoxification. If alcohol is your vice, find AA Meetings nearby. The support and understanding that can be found at these meetings will get you back on your feet.

The first step is the most obvious one – understanding that you have an addiction and, most importantly, that you want to beat it. There will be people who want to help you. Trust in their support. It will be a long, painful process, but there’s a new life waiting ahead of you.

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