Addiction Recovery

birds Many people enjoy using alcohol and other drugs in a way that feels comfortable to them and those around them. Other people, however, wish that they could do that but find many complications arise when they do. These individuals often find that they have complicated interpersonal relations with their intimate partner, friends, and coworkers. Substances can, at times, seem like the solution to the issues and concerns of daily life. However, over time individuals find that substances not only are the issues but tend to create new ones. Feelings of guilt or shame often accompany using. Using is not a moral issue and could be viewed as something to be curious about rather than something to flog oneself about. Oftentimes, drinking indicates there is a thirst for something more in life but the drinking itself seems to get in the way of uncovering or recovering what that ‘something more’ might be. Consulting with a trained professional for individual or group therapy may be the first step you need. Exploring your relationship with substances and the use of them may seem like a daunting task at first, but slowly, over time you may find yourself no longer saying “tomorrow i’ll stop” or “this will be the last time”. The following are commonly found in individuals who have substance use concerns:

  • a compulsion (irresistible urge) to drink or use another drug
  • passive agressive (or agressive) expression of anger
  • increased feelings of loneliness
  • low level of patience with self and others
  • periods of blacking out when using
  • hangovers (physical and psychological)
  • using alone
  • drinking more quickly or higher volumes than others when using socially
  • using to build self confidence
  • using alcohol or other drugs to escape from feeling lonely
  • engaging in mindless sexual encounters
  • feeling guilt or shame
  • considering his or her use not to be a problem even though others do

Substance concerns are complicated and typically cannot be successfully addressed without support. If you are struggling with concerns around your use, consider a consultation appointment in order to discuss the best treatment options for you.

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
— Anais Nin
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