Addiction is defined by a persistent condition that cause a person to engage in activities that may produce short-term pleasurable feelings/sensations, however, long-term substance use could have negative and often very harmful consequences.
The reasons why people become addicted to drugs and alcohol vary and often it’s a combination of different physical, emotional and circumstantial factors, such as:
However, whatever the reason a person starts drinking or taking drugs, once the addiction sets in, they often struggle to quit on their own. Some of the treatment options available to people who suffer from addiction are 12 step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Cocaine Anonymous (CA), outpatient and inpatient treatment programs, self-help groups and addiction counselling.
If you decide to seek help of a counsellor who specializes in addiction recovery, the counsellor will help you identify your addiction-related behaviour patterns and help you address any underlying issues that often co-occur with an addiction. The counsellor will help you target any behavioural and emotional issues that have caused the addiction in the first place. Equally, the counsellor will help you achieve and maintain abstinence and teach you coping and problem solving skills required to maintain abstinence. Furthermore, the counsellor will also help you repair the damage the addiction has done to your life and will help you improve your self-esteem and confidence that are often affected by prolonged substance use.
The thought of dealing with real life without drugs or alcohol might be petrifying and might stop someone suffering from addiction from seeking help. However, not dealing with addiction could escalate and lead to further consequences for your health, well-being, financial situation, marriage and relationship issues.