Addiction free is a reality

The word addiction certainly carries much stigma. Addiction, however, is a reality shared with most people at least one time in their life. Addiction can come in many forms, some harmful while others not-so-much. Whether it is related to substance abuse or simply a compulsion to constantly check your Facebook news feed, am sure many can relate. Right? The simple fact is that addiction is a part of life, and it can always be overcome. As noted in Psychology.com, overcoming an addiction relies on two factors: morality and strength of character. It is not the credibility of a program that you pursue are even the amount of times you visit a therapist a week in order to “treat” your addiction. In fact, Dr. Stanton Peel (2014) noted that there are higher success rates of overcoming an addiction when it is done by free-will and on one’s own. This is partly to do with holding one’s self accountable (Peele S., 2014). If you want to break an addiction, rest assured, it is possible.

Addiction can only be overcome if an individual truly wants to be free of such. It is not a matter of need, but a want. We all need to quit eating triple layered cheeseburgers. You have to want to quit, otherwise the temptation will be your undoing. One must recognize that those precious arteries are being clogged by the cholesterol as a result of your gluten-enriched, triple bypass on a bun. You must recognize this threat against your mortality and want a change.

If you have made it this far, then next is time to plan for change. As for most addicts, addiction is replaced with addiction. The critical component of this part is to choose a healthy addiction to supplement your unhealthy habit. I am sorry to say that it is counterproductive to supplement your burger addiction with a sautéed onion and cheese covered fries. If only it were that easy! You can still live large, but it needs to be proactive to your health.

Social support is another critical component to combating addiction. If your friends refer to themselves as the “burger-boys,” then it may be best to not spend too much time with them on an empty stomach. Realistically, you are who those whom surround. It really just comes down to common sense. It is most beneficial to surround yourselves who are supportive of your efforts. Support groups could prove to be a beneficial resource as well. A recent study conducted by Wood T., Englander-Golden, P., Golden D., and Pillai V. showed that group social support had a positive effect on overall communication and quality of life with regards to battling addiction (Wood, T., et al., 2010). It is hard to give of up many relationships, even when it is conducive to your well-being. If this is your reality, considering asking them to not engage in your subjective habit around you.

Depending on the nature of your addiction, it can be a painstaking process. Just remember that it can always be overcome. It is not uncommon that repeated attempts are necessary to completely extinguish an addiction. On a personal note, it took me three attempts to achieve sobriety; I am now eight years sober. It is possible! You just have to recognize the reality of your addiction, and come to terms with your morality. Then you have to want this reality to change. Not need, but truly want. Then decide on a plan and establish a social support system. Consider questions like: what am I going to do in the face of temptation? Who can I turn to? If I fail, will I continue to fight? Don’t underestimate your power; addiction free can be your new reality!

References for Informational Sources

Addiction: substance abuse. (2016). Psychology Today. Retrieved from https://www.psychologytoday.com/basics/addiction

Peele, S. (2014). Truth about addiction and recovery. Simon and Schuster.

Wood, T. E., Englander-Golden, P., Golden, D. E., & Pillai, V. K. (2010). Improving addictions treatment outcomes by empowering self and others. International Journal Of Mental Health Nursing, 19(5), 363–368. doi:10.1111/j.1447–0349.2010.00678.x

References for Media

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