Have You Or A Loved One Hit A Bottom?
Whether you are destroying your life while active in the disease of addiction or are watching a loved one become progressively worse, Now is the time to get the help so desperately needed.
Don’t wait a any longer for the miracle to happen.
ACT NOW BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE
There are some things you will want to consider regarding the right treatment for you or your loved one such as:
- The length of time that can be committed to recovery. The longer the time the greater the success rate.
- Would Inpatient or Outpatient be better?
- How much does it cost?
- Will my insurance cover it?
- Will I be able to take time away from work or family?
- Should I go out of state or find a rehab near me?
You Are Not Alone In This
Millions Of People Out There Are Going Through The Same Struggle. There were approximately 20.6 million people in the United States of America over the age of twelve with an addiction in 2011.
6.8 Million people in 2011 with an addiction had an untreated mental illness. Addicts self medicate with drugs and alcohol instead of getting on the right psychiatric medications prescribed by doctors.
How Does Addiction Work?
The word addiction comes from the Latin word addico, which means to be enslaved.
Drug addiction is both a physical and mental dependency on a substance. It consists of an obsession of the mind and a physical allergy of the body.
Once an addict starts the phenomenon of craving kicks in. The addict falls into a vicious cycle which they cannot stop. What started as a recreational activity with friends turns into a mental and physical dependency which leaves the addict alone and isolated.
The insanity is that some addicts don’t even enjoy the drugs they are abusing. Many drugs like marijuana induce a state of paranoia and fear which is unpleasant to the addict but they continue to do it anyways.
Many addicts have overdosed and have come very close to dying and are right back into using drugs the very next day. Some addicts choose drugs over having a relationship with their kids.
This is how insidious and powerful the disease of addiction is
Then there comes a point where tolerance to the drug builds up
- It either stops working
- More of the drug needs to be taken to get the desired effects
- The drug needs to be taken just for the addict to be able to function.
Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results.
Don’t try to get sober on your own. Addiction is a disease of isolation and separation from other people. Don’t ever feel weak asking for help. You are actually showing strength.
There four important things that you will need in order to get sober
- Open Mind
You must bring these characteristics with you in order to change.
Alcohol Drug Intervention
Most addicts and alcoholics are in a state of sadness and depression and don’t value their lives. They need their fix and will steal and lie to those they care about in order to get it. Remember, this is a self centered disease. Alcoholics are self centered in the extreme.
Addicts have inflated egos and have a hard time admitting that they have a problem. Their first instinct usually is defiance when confronted with their problem. They have a self delusion that they can still control their disease of addiction.
They must surrender before they can change and get sober. When I say addicts must “surrender” I mean they need to be willing to give up their old life and begin working on a new one by working the 12 steps.
A family Drug Intervention can help get an addict to surrender. An intervention is an attempt planned ahead of time by an addicts family or friends. It usually involves a drug or alcohol intervention professional. If you are unfamiliar with the process I recommend you watch an episode of the TV Show Intervention to get a better understanding.
During the intervention the addict becomes aware of how much damage they have done to themselves and those they love. Family and friends share with the addict how destructive their actions have been and their effect on people. They also express the serious damage the addiction is doing to the addict.
Family members and friends should be ready to prepare themselves emotionally before the intervention. They have lots of built up anger and resentment towards the addict and need to be careful to not let their emotions get the best of them.
Sometimes the addict is not ready to change and refuses to go and their lives become even much worse.
Addicts generally will not accept treatment until they are presented with an ultimatum. If the addict refuses to go into a treatment program and get help, some of the consequences as a an example could be:
- Loss of financial support, cutting them off
- Stopping all around communication with the addict
- Refusing to allow the addict to see their child or children
- Forcing them to move out.
Everybody has a different bottom and most that are unwilling to surrender usually die or are left miserable. The consequences of this ultimatum become devastating to the addict and they surrender and become desperate. They stop fighting and start taking direction. Those that aren’t ready to take the steps and change don’t have a change of character and stay centered in the disease of addiction. An alcoholic will not surrender if they are being enabled.