"Our greatest glory consists not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Understanding addiction, the warning signs, and what to do, can be confusing and overwhelming. Addiction includes a progression of signs and symptoms such as:
- Increase in tolerance of amount used/consumed.
- Increase in frequency of amount used/consumed.
- Loss of control (binge use, blackouts)
- Change in behavior (isolation, change in social group)
- Consequences (DUI, loss of family, job, health concerns)
Addiction can take many different forms inclusive of addiction to alcohol and/ or other drugs, inclusive of illegal and prescription. Additionally, there are process addictions such as gambling, overeating or sexual compulsivity.
There are many aspects to addiction that make recovery a difficult journey when attempting to do it alone. Not only can recovery be a challenging process for the individual, but families are also often negatively affected and need support. This is where therapy can be the most beneficial. I have seen many people quit addictive substance use only to return again to using later because they were unaware of how to make the lasting changes required for successful recovery. I have also seen many families heal and rebuild when recovery becomes a shared experience and family members unite towards a common goal.
The most important step in recovery from addiction, and all its various forms, requires a courageous effort to reach out and ask for help. You do not need to do it alone, and there are endless resources available to help you. Recovery is possible. Give yourself the opportunity to live the life you desire.