Addiction is a terrible issue. It has the power to not only ruin someone’s life, but to end it as well. The worst part about addiction is the fact that it does not pick and choose who it wants to effect. Basically, anyone who indulges in certain activities and bad habits can one day become an addict.
A lot of people understand addiction as something relating to drugs. While drugs may be the more commonly known form of addiction, anything that provides a person with instant gratification and pleasure can become addictive. As a matter of fact, there are people who are even addicted to food.
As you can see, there are many more things in life you can become addicted to than just drugs and alcohol.
The funny thing about addiction is it seems to creep in at a slow pace, almost covertly, at least until it is ready to present itself. The serious issue with this is the fact that by the time the addiction is ready to expose itself, it is usually already full blown and has a tight grip on the person’s life who is experiencing it.
If you or anyone you know is having issues with an addiction, no matter what it is to, you are more than aware of how tight its grip can truly be.
Addicts find themselves doing many things that they would never even think about doing before they lost control of their life. Often times, this leads to broken families and destruction of relationships. Sooner or later, as sad as it may be, if the issue isn’t fixed a person will continue feeding in to the addiction until they are all alone in this world.
So the question is, why would someone want to do this to themselves?
The thing about addiction is, nobody wakes up in the morning and goes “Hey, I want to become an addict today”. It’s something that happens without people realizing it. What once started off as a quick fix to some sort of issue in life becomes an issue itself.
In all honesty, most addicts do not even realize they are addicts until something, or someone, gets them to look outside the fog of the addiction. This is why addiction is so powerful. It can change the way people think and provide them with a distorted sense of reality that allows them to dilute how bad their issue may actually be.
However, just as the addiction was created, it can be conquered!
An addiction may feel as if its grasp is too tight to ever break free form. However, I assure you, with the right mindset and tools, freedom is possible.
One of the best places to start is to determine what caused the addiction in the first place. For some people, it all started with trying to mask certain emotions such as sadness or anxiety. For others, it may have started with hanging out with the wrong people. Figuring out what it was that sparked a person to head down the road of addiction is highly essential in recovery. Just as with a weed, the problem will not go away unless you kill the root.
It’s also a good idea to try and fill as much of your free time as possible. After all, idle hands are the tools of the devil….
When trying to find new things to fill up extra time, you may want to consider choosing activities that will further contribute to recovery. Meditation is a great option because it allows people to connect with their inner-self whcih is not tainted with the addiction. As well, a person’s meditation techniques can always be improved, so trust me, it can fill a lot of time.
It’s also important to take things one day at a time. When a person thinks about battling an addiction for the rest of their life, it can be quite easy for them to become overwhelmed by the challenge ahead. However, fighting the battle one day at a time, or even an hour at a time makes the process less frightening.
The chains of addiction can be broken but it isn’t something that happens overnight. Many people give up and fall back into their addiction because they don’t let enough time pass for things to change in their life. Basically, they think that nothing is getting any better so therefore there is no point.
While this mentality is understandable, it is toxic to recovery…
The longer an addiction occurs, the more damage there is that will be done. Therefore, if you or someone you know is suffering from an addiction, it is important that it gets taken care of immediately. It’s not something that will go away on its own and it can’t just be brushed under the rug.
Break the chains of addiction and win the battle for your life!