Recovery from Addiction: Seeking TreatmentDaniel Helfand
Men and women who meet the criteria for alcohol or substance use disorder have a choice. They can continue on a self-destructive and self-defeating path, or they can choose to seek assistance and embrace recovery.
To the average person, the above may seem like an easy decision, a no-brainer perhaps. However, for those caught in the cycle of addiction, choosing the latter requires tremendous courage.
There is an element of mental and behavioral health disorders that hinders people’s ability to do what’s in their best interest. An addict or alcoholic may cognitively understand that continued drug and alcohol use will further complicate their life. Still, their choosing to break the disease cycle is a daunting endeavor. The nature of addiction is paradoxical.
Asking for help is challenging for most people living with addiction, even when someone isn’t in denial about the severity of their situation. Reaching out for support is an acknowledgment that one has a problem that they cannot solve on their own. Men and women will go to remarkable lengths to avoid checking themselves into treatment, and they do this for several reasons—perhaps too many to list.
Seeking help is to surrender and have to admit to others that a problem exists. Most people will try a host of things to avoid accepting the truth that a solo recovery is impossible. Such individuals might cut back or take a few days off from using to prove to themselves that everything is under control. However, a return to sustained usage is inevitable without a support network; it’s only a matter of time.
Confronting Stigma and Seeking Recovery
One of the most significant obstacles to finding recovery is the stigma of addiction. It’s real, as is the shame and guilt that accompanies societal misperceptions. While society has become more accepting of the disease model of addiction, many still harbor mistaken ideas about behavioral health disorders.
A large number of Americans view behavioral and mental health disorders as disparate from other chronic illnesses. Many argue that addicts and alcoholics lack willpower and a robust constitution; they convince themselves that those suffering are bringing it upon themselves. Such people maintain these beliefs despite there being a substantial amount of research on the subject to the contrary.
Addiction is a complex mental illness typified by compulsive drug and alcohol seeking, continued use despite harmful consequences, and long-lasting changes in the brain. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) accepts alcohol and substance use disorders, and the criteria of each condition can be found in the APA’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5).
If you are battling an alcohol, substance use, or co-occurring disorder, then please understand that you are not at fault. A genetic predisposition, along with environmental factors and experiences, precipitated the development of your disease. While you are not to blame for your addiction, you are responsible for taking steps to recover.
The truth is that there is no shame in having a use disorder, any more than there is in having diabetes. Both conditions are chronic illnesses with no known cure. However, like diabetes, addiction is treatable, and a program of recovery can be maintained. Naturally, healing begins with seeking professional support.
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