Addiction and Recovery: How Do You Know It’s Time To Seek Help?

Addiction and Recovery: How Do You Know It’s Time To Seek Help?

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Addiction is a serious condition. It occurs when someone either ingests a substance or carries out an activity which directly results in person pleasure. Now, we all engage in activities that create a sense of happiness within ourselves. But addicts don’t know when to call it a day. Someone is an addict if the pursuit of these pleasures begins to interfere with their day to day life. For example, work, family responsibilities and personal relationships. It also becomes a problem when the behaviour is damaging to the individual’s health. Many addicts don’t even realize how destructive their behaviour is. Both personally and interpersonally. Others will simply be in denial and make excuses for their behaviour. Some are open and honest but don’t have any intentions of altering their lifestyle.

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When To Seek Help

If you’re worried that you’re an addict or are concerned on behalf of a partner, relative or friend, then it’s never too early to seek help. As soon as you notice dependence on physical stimulants or problematic self-conduct, it’s time to search for some support and assistance. There are plenty of options. Remember, addiction isn’t necessarily to hard drugs. Common addictions include alcoholism, gambling, smoking, sex and shopping. Don’t forget that addiction to prescription drugs also occurs. If you feel you are having problems when it comes to dependence on prescribed medication, talk to the GP prescribing it to you. There might be alternative options that will have less of a negative influence on your life.

Where To Seek Help

There are plenty of options when it comes to getting help with your addiction. Your GP will be able to advise you on whether you are an addict or not. However, if you’re seeking a specialist, you might like to consider an addiction counselor.  An addiction counselor is a professional individual who will listen to your concerns. They will help you in ways specifically tailored to you as an individual. If you find comfort in numbers, you could attend weekly recovery meetings and sessions. You will meet other people in the same situation as yourself. You’ll be able to provide one another with a strong support network. With other people who are in similar situations to you. If you’d rather not tackle the problem face to face with other people, then there is a seemingly endless number of helplines that deal with issues surrounding addiction.

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Overcoming Denial

It’s often said that the first step on the road to recovery is acceptance. If you are in denial about your addiction, you can’t begin to tackle the real problem. People often can’t be helped unless they want help. You can’t force an adult to seek professional help. Many addicts are embarrassed by themselves and ashamed of their behaviour. But it’s important to acknowledge that addiction isn’t a sign of weakness. It also doesn’t reflect an individual’s morals. You will not be judged for reaching out for a helping hand. Admitting that you need assistance with overcoming your addiction is a brave, strong and bold move. It’s something to be applauded for, not condemned or shunned.

If you are worried about the effects that addiction may be having on your relationship, you may be worrying about other things that might be negative or damaging between you and your partner. Check out our article on common errors couples often make that lead to separation.

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