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Help, I have an Addiction

It is never to late to choose a new path!

There is nothing stronger than finding and accepting the truth. And if you agree that your seeming “helplessness” for a particular habit, drug, drinks, and food is becoming toxic, then you are close to seeking some change.

The thing about introducing change that most people struggle with is the action required to both introduce and sustain the change..

People have different addictions, some more pronounced than that of others, but the effects on the brain are all similar. Science defines addiction as a chronic disease, plus it affects the brain’s reward, motivation and memory functions. Addiction not only causes you harm but to those around you.

Some signs of addiction

However for those who experience a change in their body cravings/appetite, here are some signs that can help you;

  • Uncontrollable urge or the lack of control from a substance or behaviour           
  • The tendency to always be alone, or abandon commitments
  • Recklessness towards personal health; sharing needles, and similar
  • Other physical effects are withdrawal symptoms, needing higher doses, and co.

These signs are usually simultaneous and can be hard to agree by the person, but gets glaring to a family/colleague/friend.

Types of addiction

Addiction can come from many substances; many erroneously attribute it to hard drugs and drinking. Once you discover that you are getting addicted to a substance/habit, the next best thing is to determine the substance. Most times, this is very easy to get. Common addiction includes;

  • Nicotine, Tobacco
  • Alcohol
  • Hard/illicit drugs
  • Medications (laxatives, nerves pills)
  • Inhalants or household items
  • Gambling, Shopping, Video games, Sex, and more

All these addictions that are listed affect your brain in almost similar ways; loss of appeal for any other thing.

Problems of addiction to Individuals

If you have an addiction, your first step is to talk with a close friend who will understand your “struggles” and support you throughout the healing process. Also, you need to seek professional help. Here are some damage addiction causes in the long term.

  • Addiction leads to poor and failing health; chronic ailments or death.
  • Leads to a bad temperament which may lead you to commit a convictable offence
  • Ruin your career and personal relationships
  • Dropping out of school or amassing poor grades
  • Drags you deeper and closes up your mind to redemption
  • Eventually leads to bankruptcy within a short time

What to do?

The efficient solution to your addiction is to seek professional help, and it includes the following process;

  • Withdrawal and Detoxification

Your body system needs to be purged of the harmful substances present from all those period of addiction. It involves the use of medications and other viable & medical means. And quitting such habits or substance intake.

  • Rehabilitation

Apart from ridding yourself physically from all substances in your body, you have to train your mind. The process of rehab includes therapy, routines, and sessions that help you discover psychological, societal and emotional stability.

  • Re-integration

Once rehab is drawing to an end, you will be prepared for society living once more. Counselling helps the patient to prevent recurrence their addictions, seek alternative solutions to stress and anxiety, and settle to career life.

Wrapping Up

People who find out they have an addiction don’t need your judgments or aspersions; they need your help, support and love. If you notice any symptoms of addiction, be open about it to your “supportive” family. The journey from addiction is not easy, but very possible.

To access additional information and support, visit the Collective Recovery Support Network.

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