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The Cycle of Addiction
Addiction breeds isolation, and it becomes a vicious cycle. The more we turn away from people and toward our drugs-of-choice, the more isolated we become.
I May Have An Addiction, But I Am NOT A Label
Sometimes what people thirst for isn't the booze as much as it is acceptance, belonging, and a place to be heard. Each of us carries wounds and scarring. Emotional wounds and mental abuse leave scars that can be felt and resented, but never really seen by others. Transparency allows us to be seen, and to heal.
The Problem Is Not the Problem - It's The Symptom
Allowing yourself to forgive and be forgiven is a vital step. Yes, you may not deserve forgiveness, but then we all don't deserve forgiveness. That is why God is merciful. Isn't it time we accept His mercy and forgiveness? Let's take it one more step. If you believe God himself can forgive you - then why haven't you forgiven yourself? If God is ready to move on with those regrets - then what's stopping you?
Three Lies We Believe About Addiction Recovery
A girlfriend of mine has a husband who smokes cigarettes. Without success, she has tried to force him to quit smoking for the last three years. And though he tells her repeatedly that he has already quit, she always seems to find packs of cigarettes stashed away in various places throughout their house and car. "It's useless," she said to me. "I just can't make him quit."
Facing Your Demons - Overcoming Addiction
A drug is a drug, whether it's shopping, food, gambling, or living vicariously through the internet. Addiction can take many forms and begin from any part of our lives - from our work to our sex lives. It can grab a foothold and slowly consume and destroy our mind, emotions, careers and our relationships, until we have nothing left. Anyone who's ever tried to quit knows that It's not enough to know what we should do. We need to know how to do it, and we often need help in getting there.
Maybe, it is too strong of a comparison to link love with the pull of addiction, but the similarities are striking and we know it. So, the obvious question is, "Are you an addict?" Facing the reality that you have a problem is the very beginning of recovery. It is not hopeless for you. While your situation may have its own unique features, your condition is common to many people struggling with or recovering from an addiction.
How to Admit You Have A Problem
Finding the right kind of support for your unique situation is what counts. Do you feel safe going to your employer with your problem? Your pastor? Your spouse? Do you think that those anonymous AA meetings are a fit for you, or do you think people talk about you when you leave? Are you a public figure and can't afford to risk media attention? Are you afraid of leaving a paper trail in medical or psychological treatment centers? Have you tried it all before and it just didn't work for you?
Switching Addictions: No Drama
Addiction is a chronic disease that leads to compulsive behavior, despite its harmful affect on the user. It can often also change the chemistry - or landscape - of the brain. Remember, whether we are talking about drug, alcohol, sex addiction - or anything else for that matter, no one specific factor determines our ability to be addicted. Rather, risk to addiction is impacted by a number of factors including biological, social, and environmental factors, to name a few.
Pain, Perseverance and Passion: Three Keys to Recovery
One of the most unmistakable traits of a successful person is a persevering spirit. The ability to persist in the midst of recurring pain, laughable odds, and past failures leaves its indelible mark upon the "hall of famers" in recovery.
How to Tame the Beast of Addiction
Addictions call to us, pull us, and dominate our lives as if we drank Dr. Jekyll's potion. But the key word is "if." If we drink the potion. If we yield to the "beast." If we give up our authority.
Winning Against Addiction
Do you ever feel alone and isolated? Have you lost hope? Have your problems locked you in a prison far away from those who care about you? Addiction does that. Over time, it shackles our hands and feet, drags us away, and confines us to a dungeon of pain, hopelessness, and depression.