Addiction comes about as a result of becoming over dependent on a substance. The type of dependence can be mental or physical. Once a person becomes an addict, the chemistry in the brain is altered and this prevents the body from functioning normally.
Some of the many substances that people can get addicted to include drugs, alcohol, and prescription medication. Addiction normally grows over a period of time with repeated use of the particular substance. The good news is that an addict can, however, manage to get over addiction and attain full recovery. However, addiction and recovery are not issues that can be taken lightly.
There are some people who are addicts without being aware of it yet. Some may simply not identify their dependence on a substance. This is what happens commonly with people who are addicted to medications such as pain killers. There are also people who are addicted to recreational drugs but they simply don’t consider it to be a problem.
For instance, there are professionals who depend on drugs in order to be more creative or to give a great performance. These people view the drugs as something helpful and fail to consider themselves addicts. There are also others who know that they are addicts but they do not see anything wrong with their addiction.
The road to recovery has to start with acceptance. This means that the addict has to identify and accept that there is a problem that needs to be addressed. This is normally very hard as many addicts do not view their addictions as being out of control. However, addiction and recovery will remain two separate entities until acceptance occurs.
Once there is acceptance, the addict has to recognize the fact that help is needed. It is very hard to kick an addiction without help and support. Most people who try to recover on their own end up relapsing. This is often due to the withdrawal symptoms felt that can be quite harsh or it may simply be due to a lack of will power. An addict needs to get professional help in order to ensure that the addiction is fought in an effective and also a healthy way. This can be done at a substance abuse rehab center.
A good support system is also a vital part of the recovery process. A person trying to kick an addiction needs good friends and family support and a sponsor where possible. Even after successful rehabilitation, it is still quite a struggle to “stay clean” and avoid a relapse. For example, a recovering alcoholic may easily relapse if he or she keeps up contact with colleagues, family or friends who are drinking around them or inviting them to drink liquor.
Addiction and recovery depend a lot on the individual person. The addict has to make a conscious decision to get better. This does not come automatically with acceptance. There are many people who know that they do have a problem but still have no will to fight it. Trying to force people in this state of mind to go to a rehabilitation center may not bear fruit. They may get into a program and then simply go right back to their addiction as soon as they get out of rehab.