Overcoming Addiction: How to Seek Help
March 26, 2012|
Battling an addiction is both scary and overwhelming. We struggle to get past what binds us, but often times it can seem impossible. Learn why overcoming addiction is so difficult. Through the experience of others you can learn how to free yourself from addiction as well as help others do the same!
The biggest problem with addiction, is it is never ONE addiction, but TWO. For example, when you are addicted to nicotine, which is physical, you are also addicted to the feeling it gives you, which is mental. Both need to be addressed. After you stop Nicotine, alcohol, or drugs, traces of it are still present in your blood stream for up to 6 months, which is why most people cannot quit.
Never Be Afraid to Ask for Help
As a grateful recovering alcoholic, drug addict and compulsive gambler, who has now been clean and sober for nearly four and a half years, I can honestly say that admitting that my addiction was too powerful for me to overcome by myself and that I needed help, was one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life. By opening myself up to hearing what others who have battled this disease have had to say, I have learned that it is okay to ask for help, and that human beings are best served by sharing what they are feeling, rather than keeping things bottled up inside.
To all of those family members, friends and loved ones of addicts – be it alcohol, drugs, gambling, overeating, sex, or ANY other addiction – who think by keeping things hush hush, or that by not addressing the issues, this problem will go away, think again. Always remember that there are many, many people out there willing to help, and they are just an email or phone call away.
So, stop being passive, and take a proactive approach to the disease of addiction, and you will find that you have the power to not only change an addict’s life, but also yours as well!
In his video, Gary shares his experiences with us and some of the tools available to help you in overcoming addiction.