An addiction can oftentimes be overwhelming. It oftentimes impacts all aspects of life, including physical, mental, and emotional health, with sometimes devastating effects with health, finances, work, and relationships. The helpless and hopeless feelings experienced by an addict can ultimately lead one to continuing their destructive way without ever getting the help they so desperately need.
Types of Addiction
Addiction can involve substances such as nicotine, alcohol, marijuana, benzodiazepines, or heroin, for example. Addiction can also encompass processes such as binge eating, shopping, skin picking or hair pulling, video games, internet use, sex or pornography, or gambling. Each has their own set of consequences, but all have the potential to be disruptive and life altering.
Steps to Recovery
If you are reading this because you think you may have an addiction, you have just completed the first step into recovery. This step puts you on the right track to leading a healthy life. Congratulations! The recovery process looks different for each person, but a few steps you can take can make your journey more effective.
If you have a doctor or counselor, contact them for support and guidance. Some addictions may briefly require medical management. Other treatment modalities for addiction include:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Group therapy
- Psychotherapy and psychoeducation
- Individual, Family, or Couples counseling
- Comprehensive integrative or naturopathic medicine
- Self-help or support groups
- Adjunct therapies such as nutrition, exercise, myotherapy, or acupressure
Many struggle with substance or process addictions. You are not alone. There is no shame in asking for help. It is possible to recover.