Abuse is a boundary violation and most commonly, but not exclusively, experienced in childhood. Childhood abuse can develop a pattern that follows you into adulthood. You may become a victim of abuse or become a predator in future relationships.
Your boundaries are violated when someone crosses the invisible line that separates you from them with words, touches or emotions. Some addicts while in addiction rehab will disclose that some type of abuse occurred in their past and they have kept the abuse a secret. This secret helps to feed their addiction.
When you stop using drugs and alcohol, you are left with uncomfortable thoughts and feelings from the past. These experiences that you had as a child may be still haunting you as an adult, and they are manifested through your drug addiction.
When you use drugs and alcohol, you have taken on the role of perpetrator in your own life. The abuse you endured (whether as a child or an adult) continues, but now you are abusing yourself. Every single time you put alcohol or drugs into your body, you are violating your own boundaries.
Continuing to blame yourself for experiences that were out of your control keeps you in addiction and thinking of yourself as a victim. In an addiction rehab you will learn how to stop the abuse while eliminating your addiction.
Lakeview Health will help you resolve issues of abuse while getting sober. We have therapists who have been specially trained to address your specific needs. When you first enter addiction rehab, you will be taken to medical detox. During this time you may feel overwhelmed by surfacing emotions. Don’t be alarmed. This is a temporary period of time that you need to pass through to help you continue and resolve underlying issues. This decreases your chances of relapse on drugs and alcohol when you leave treatment.
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