Self-deception, shame, loss and fear are the core elements most frequently recalled in any true story of addiction. Brain functions hijacked by chronic drug abuse hinder rational thinking that prevent most people who are battling addiction to face the realities and consequences of their actions. When an individual begin to come to grips with these issues in their lives, it is a strong indicator that they are on the road to recovery.
In Betsy’s true addiction story titled “Overcoming Shame” it was her belief in God and a deep remorse about her substance abuse habit that helped her to find her way out of addiction. “It takes honesty, courage, and a strong sense of worth to acknowledge and change without losing hope or self-esteem” Betsy said of the convictions that enabled her to stop the abuse and achieve sobriety.
This was the same for James who recalls in his story of redemption that while he continued to repeat the same negative patterns of behavior, nothing changed. “I realized that I was incapable of putting a stop to my drinking and drug use on my own, and I required a power greater than myself to step in and help me. According to James, his life changed when he was truly willing to listen and take suggestions. Today, James says he shares his story in the hope that he can help prevent others from going down the dark path of addiction that he experienced. “Don’t be afraid to ask for help” James says. Important lessons are imbedded in every story of addiction, whether they have a happy ending or tragic one.
While it is true that not everyone who get treatment for addiction never succumb to the lure of the disease again, more people who receive it are able to restore normalcy to their lives. The grim statistics are that 95% of untreated substance abuse addicts die as a result of their addiction. In fact, untreated substance addictions that end in either suicide, alcohol poisoning or drug overdose account for 25% of premature deaths in America. And studies show, those in long term addiction are more likely to commit acts that often end in death such as vehicular accidents, murder, rape, child and spousal abuse. Additionally, unaddressed substance abuse has been shown to be the leading causes of death and injury among teenagers and young adults. As such, treatment can change the trajectory of an individual’s life by helping substance abuser to:
At fully accredited rehabilitation centers these services are offered in the context of culturally sensitive and linguistic competence by qualified and experienced medical professionals. The cast in any story of recovery from addiction includes the person in addiction as well as their family and friends. For recovery to be comprehensive and truly effective, it must treat the whole person with attention to the dynamics that contribute to addictions such as family history, relationships, living and social environment among others. When these issues are considered and appropriately dealt with during the treatment process, the individual’s story of addiction will be one of recovery as well.
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