Dealing with an addiction can control every aspect of your life. What may have started has a simple guilty pleasure, has now become a demon that you can no longer control and is taking over your thoughts and actions. This is why it is so important that if you are dealing with an addiction that you get the help that you need as soon as possible before the problem becomes worse. Here are some things that you should know about overcoming addictions.
1. Even Strong People Fail
Overcoming an addiction isn't about being strong; it is about retraining your brain. Do not fall into the trap of thinking that you are weak because you have an addiction, you may have a great work ethic, a strong will power, and even a great desire to get better, but addiction is a disease of the brain. Addiction changes that way you process information so that everything goes back to your addictive behavior. This is why professional help is so important. You cannot overcome the addiction with will power alone. Instead, you need tools that help you to know how to redirect your thoughts, exercises to do daily that make the cravings less intense, and other tools for overcoming destructive behaviors. Professional treatment will be one of the best ways to do this.
2. Have A Good Support System
People don't overcome addiction on their own. Instead, it takes sponsors as well as close family and friends to get you past your addiction. When you enter a substance abuse treatment center you will have a support team that can help you overcome the addiction. In some cases you will be assigned a sponsor. This is someone who has been in your same position, but is now in recovery. You may be asked to check in with this sponsor multiple times a day in the early days. This person is not emotionally involved with you, so it shouldn't be a family member or someone close to you. Instead, it should be someone to which you are honest and accountable for your actions.
In addition to your sponsor having close family and friends that understand your struggle will be so helpful. They can help to remind you of the reasons why you are choosing recovery, even in the most difficult times, and be there for you when you feel like you can't go on.
By understanding these important principles you can start on the road to recovery.