June 10, 2013 in Addiction Basics
If you could choose one word to describe addiction it might be devastating or shattering or maybe just plain sad. Addiction is an equal-opportunity disease and affects anyone regardless of profession, gender, age, or race. Addiction costs people billions of dollars per year; it crushes careers and relationships with ease.
The definition of addiction is the continued use of a mood-altering substance or behavior, in spite of adverse consequences leading to these behaviors. People that are addicted will use a substance or engage in an activity that is pleasurable but the continued use of which becomes compulsive and interferes with ordinary life responsibilities, such as work or relationships, or health.
The classic hallmark of addiction is impaired control over substances or behavior, preoccupation with substance or behavior, continued use despite consequences and denial. The rewards are short and the consequences are enormous. People get addicted to many different things besides drugs and alcohol. They can become addicted to sex, food, gambling, or shopping. Addiction is basically anything that is taken to an unhealthy level.
Addiction is a low that no one can ever understand unless they too have suffered the wrath of it. Addiction is a rock bottom place that is indescribable and has to be the closest thing to hell that you can get to on earth. It is grizzly, dark and ugly. But, it is also a best friend, a relationship that is always predictable, it is an escape, and a way out, which makes it difficult to quit.
Then, addiction finally reveals that there are just two forks in the road, one leads to recovery and the other death. This is when the choice has to be made. Treatment is the only choice to regain a sense of lucidity and sanity, it is the way to restore relationships, and it is the choice to make if you choose life.
Treatment is available and it is the right choice, the safe choice, the best choice. There are many options open for accepting help and all you have to do is be willing to do so. Take your life back and choose the right road, the road to recovery.