Having a drug abuse & addiction can be a lot like having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad boyfriend or girlfriend. You scream and fight, then you hate it, then it calls to you, then you hate it again but you take it back anyway. Then you’re back to loving it and the cycle just continues. Am I starting to sound like a Taylor Swift song yet?
How Does Drug Abuse & Addiction Happen?
First, it’s important to understand what addiction is. By definition, addiction is continuing to participate in behaviors, usually pleasure seeking, despite the negative consequences. Notice, I didn’t say “choosing” to continue use? That’s right, addiction is not in fact a choice but a disease that actually changes the way your brain works. Substance abuse has long been portrayed in the media as a moral failing or a bad choice, but really it’s a disease like any other and should be treated as such.
5 Reasons to Kick Your Drug Addiction to the Curb
I could think of a hundred reasons for you to ditch your addiction for greener pastures, but for the sake of all of our attention spans, I’ve kept to a short list of five. In light of Valentine’s Day, this is a very timely topic but keep in mind that true love is not limited to relationships of a romantic nature.
You’ve probably heard this one before. Your family and friends most likely find ways to remind you of this every time you see them and maybe now it’s time to take a step back and see the big picture. We know that any successful relationship is about give and take but this thing you have going on with your addiction? It’s all about you giving and your addiction is always taking. Say it with me: I deserve so much better.
Do you remember the last time you hung out with friends without your addiction nagging at you? You don’t need these people, you have me, it beckoned. Before you knew it, all your free time was tied to your addiction. A world without friends is a sad place indeed, and it’s been proven time and again that a lack of connection or bonding is a huge contributing factor in drugs or alcohol addiction. When you decide to put your addiction in a box to the left, you can look forward to making real connections with real people who love you and share your best interests.
We all want to be happy, it’s human nature. So, as an addict, when you find something that makes you super happy, you want it all and you want it all the time to the point where you don’t know how to be happy without it. Through your recovery, you will find that there is an even happier place than your happy place – where true love and acceptance dwells.
When you’re addicted to a substance like opiates or alcohol, you might think you know what true love is. That moment when you take that first sip or hit and your body has this reaction like everything is not only going to be okay, but it’s going to be amazing. Feelings like this are strongly associated with that of real and honest true love and I’m telling you, they do exist outside of your addiction. You will have to go through a lot of bad before you get to the really good parts but it’s real. Long-term sobriety is possible and you can find true love.
Ask anyone who has conquered addiction and you’d be hard pressed to find someone who regrets getting sober or clean. It’s true, the sober life rocks!
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