Ready to Overcome Addiction

Posted on September 20, 2016

by Anne Fields

Knowing When You’re Ready to Overcome Addiction

Knowing when you’re ready to breakthrough your addictive behaviors and overcome your Portrait of a young male labelled as YOU.addiction can be difficult. Many individuals experience an epiphany:  a moment of clarity that their addictive behaviors are problematic and need to change. However for many people that moment of clarity never comes, but that doesn’t mean that you aren’t ready to overcome your addiction and start a new life with a new healthier, and more fulfilling, path. Here are just some signs that you’re ready to stop your addictive behaviors, change your life and finally experience true freedom:

You Want to Change For Yourself

The fact is that very few addicts run into recovery ready to embrace it with their arms wide open. Recovery is hard, painful, and forces you to face emotional and psychological truths that you are likely to wish you could avoid. But if you want to change your addictive behaviors for yourself, because you want to live a new kind of life, then you are far more likely to succeed than if you approach rehabilitation because a loved one, family member, or friend has asked you to. No matter how much you love someone, that isn’t a strong enough motivation to undergo rehabilitation and overcome an addiction. The desire for change has to come from deep inside yourself in order to be truly successful.

Your Health is Affected

Addiction can have a serious and negative impact on both your physical and emotional health. Continued use of both illegal drugs and alcohol can lead to an increased chance of suffering from cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis and mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety and other mental health problems. What’s more, addicts often suffer from malnutrition and the health problems associated with that because the desire to fuel your addiction often overcomes and masks the need to eat a healthy and balanced diet. When you are sober it is likely that you will feel unwell, disorientated, and both physically and emotionally out of control.  If you feel that your health is being negatively affected by your addiction then it is important to seek help as soon as possible, before any damage becomes irreversible.

You’ve Lost Control of Your Finances

Addiction is almost always a hugely expensive pursuit. Huge debts can be run up in a surprisingly short period of time when you are driven to purchase drugs or alcohol in huge quantities every day. If your finances are spiraling out of control, and you can recognize that this is a problem that makes you feel upset and emotional, then this could be a good sign that you have the motivation you need to enter rehabilitation and give up your addiction. The sooner you can seek the help you need, the easier it will be to get your finances back into check once you are free from addiction.

You Dream About a Future Free From Addiction

It’s likely that you spend much of your time and physical and emotional efforts, thinking about where your next fix will come from: whether your addiction to drugs or alcohol, finding the money for that next drink or next score is generally a time consuming process. If your dreams revolve solely around fueling your addiction then you may not be ready to quit. However if you spend your downtime dreaming about a life where you are sober, a weekend where you don’t wake up with a hangover, or a future where your family are proud of your continued sobriety then this is a sure sign that you’re ready to enter rehabilitation, and pursue a life free from drugs.

References

“Recovery roadblock: Overcoming your resistance to change”, Recovery,orghttp://www.recovery.org/pro/articles/recovery-roadblock-overcoming-your-resistance-to-change/

“What to do if your adult friend or loved one has a problem  with drugs”, National Institute of Drug Abusehttps://www.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/treatment/what-to-do-if-your-adult-friend-or-loved-one-has-problem-drugs

“Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) teaches family and friends effective strategies for helping their loved one to change and for feeling better themselves. CRAFT works to affect the loved one’s behavior by changing the way the family interacts with him or her. ” http://motivationandchange.com/outpatient-treatment/for-families/craft-overview/

“Deciding to quit drinking alcohol”, Medline Plus, https://medlineplus.gov/ency/patientinstructions/000523.htm

6 thoughts on “Ready to Overcome Addiction

    1. Kathryn Owen

      Hi Ron,
      Just go to SMART Recovery’s website (www.smartrecovery.org), and you’ll see a handful of headings across the top of the page. Under Online Community, you’ll find all the details about when the online meetings take place, and how to join in.

  1. genie merchant

    I attend women’s AA meetings, I have a sponsor and I am working the 12 Steps. I have one year of Sobriety but I have relapsed 3 times recently. I know exactly the triggers that took me to drink again. One was I was asked not to come back to Betty Ford as a care giver because I talked too much to the patients. That destroyed my ego. The second time I was still reeling from the unappreciative care staff had afforded me and who also felt I had crossed job description boundaries. The third time I had an actual panic attack about my future financial security. These all resulted in compulsive and reactive actions to drink. I tried on my own self will to stop myself. I know all the tools but I was in a zone of impulsive unreasonableness. I have been a destructive alcoholic for 40 years now. I am discovering my character defects and confronting my my past traumas, but I still am succumbing to these POWERFUL cravings because I’m in so much pain I can’t stand it! My solutions are dissolving and I’m afraid. I enjoyed your blog and got alot out of it. Just wish I could be magically cure because this is so challenging.

  2. Allen Martin

    It is important decision to take medication on time and get recovered from the disorders. For this we can consult professionals who can provide variety of services and therapies.Medication involves a combination of behavioral therapies and counseling. Medications can help reduce the symptoms and thirst for the substances by occupying receptors in the brain associated with using that substance and will create a negative feeling for that substance.

  3. Jim Braastad

    Some “food for thought”

    There appears to be dichotemy with this particular post and who we are, what we do, and how we do it. (“We” being SMART Recovery.) While this is the SMART Recovery blog, one sure can’t tell from this particular post. SMART does NOT use labels such as “addicts”, yet this article has that particular label peppered throughout this blog post.

    Many individuals come to SMART to escape the labeling, but here we are throwing those same labels at them via a post in the SMART Recovery “blog”.

    1. Kathryn Owen

      Hi Jim,

      Thanks for your comment. We have been trying to feature some different voices on the SMART blog, and not everyone uses the same language that SMART Recovery prefers. But you raise a good point, and we’ve reprinted an earlier SMART blog post on the importance of avoid terms (like “addict”) that stigmatize people. Point taken, and thanks for the reminder.

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