How Addiction Magnifies Problems

For anyone in active addiction, whether they know it or not, their disease makes most things tougher to handle. When a person gets into recovery he or she realizes that they now have a better grip on managing life.  

But, a person will not know this until they are abstinent from alcohol and drugs for a period of time.  

You see, for a person using substances, everyday tasks can be a challenge.  Anything from doing a load of laundry to going to work can be difficult. So, a person who gets treatment will get back to doing the things that were at one time automatic.

One of the ideas that a person with an addiction needs to admit is that their addiction has made their lives unmanageable.

 This concept is quite simple when the person is honest about it.  But, for an addict or alcoholic this might be a tough thing to see.  

For instance, there are people who drink or drug daily, yet they go to work and pay their bills on time.  In addition, he or she may have never had any legal troubles due to their addiction.  So, it can be quite easy for a person to deny that alcohol or drugs are a problem.  

However, this same person may be unable to socialize unless they have a drink in hand.  Or, when problems arise there does not seem to be a solution.  It can almost feel like the end of the world for them.

Similarly, addictive behaviors oftentimes fulfill a role in a person’s life, such as using alcohol as a coping mechanism for emotional trauma. So, when we stop engaging in that behavior, we’re left still needing to fulfill the role that it once played – but with something else.

This is where being in a structured, supportive environment like a rehabilitation facility can make all the difference.

You learn effective, healthy ways to fulfill the needs you once filled with addiction. This makes a HUGE difference in how much mental and physical energy we have to tackle whatever life throws our way.

If you or a loved one needs help on the path to recovery, Williamsville Wellness is here to help. Please call 804-559-4357 today.

-Courtney Judd