The act or condition of being addicted to a particular substance or activity.Dealing with addiction of any kind can seem like a never ending battle. Anyone who has ever experienced addiction will understand the feeling of helplessness and having no control over anything they do. The term ‘addiction’ comes in many forms and covers a variant of things. When we think about addictions we automatically assume drugs or alcohol but in truth you can be addicted to almost anything. Not only can you be addicted to substances but to activities also (e.g. sleeping, eating, gambling, exercise). There is both mental and physical aspects of addiction that need to be treated in order for you to recover successfully.
We take a closer look at what addiction treatments are available and how they benefit people suffering from substance dependency or behavioural compulsions.
It may sound like a cliché but before receiving any help to get over your addiction the first step is to acknowledge you have a problem. Without admitting to yourself and others you need help any treatments will be futile. You have to want to change and get over your problem but that all starts with you and your attitude to your addiction.
Your physician will offer you various treatments depending on the severity of your addiction and whether it is behavioural, substance based or alcohol. Once they have established the best treatment to move forward with you may be offered some form of medication combined with psychotherapy. The psychotherapy sessions might be one to ones or include your family should they feel it beneficial. Sessions like this may not necessarily cure your addiction but it will get to the root of the problem and help change the way you view your addiction.
Group sessions and self-help groups are another good way of talking about your addiction with other people going through the exact same thing as you. It can really help you just knowing that your situation is no different from dozens of others. Many groups like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) organize weekly meetings and social groups which many sufferers have said ‘gave them light at the end of the tunnel’.
If you have tried all the outpatient treatments available and they haven’t helped ease your addictive behaviour then your physician will recommend you go into a residential facility, most commonly referred to as rehab. This involves living in a rehabilitation for a certain period of time while you enter a detox program to help get over your addictive tendencies. The intensive detox will put you into withdrawal due to the cessation of your addiction whether it is drugs or alcohol. You will receive much care and support from health professionals to ensure your withdrawal is as safe and as comfortable for you as possible. They will encourage you to talk about your addiction and will help you to find other interests and hobbies to keep your mind off what you crave most. A rehab centre is the best option for anyone who has tried every treatment and failed to change their perpetual habits. On many occasions going to rehab is necessary for health reasons or if the addiction begins to endanger the life of the sufferer or others around them.
Deciding to ask for help to get over an addiction is never an easy thing to do, It takes courage and conviction. The good news is that once you do ask for help you are one giant step closer to beating it once and for all.