Our addictive nature remains the same even though we may change the type of drug, the people we use with and/or the places that we use. As addiction progresses, so do the circumstances that affect us. While drug addiction remains constant, changing variables may be personal, social and spiritual.
It is amazing how in a short period of time we allow drugs and alcohol to have power over us in a way that we would never allow another human being to have. Our lives are turned upside down, and after we’re sober, we realize how twisted life was while we were under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
Alcohol and drug use changes our brain and physiological chemistry. It tickles our senses giving us a feeling of euphoria, well-being and contentment. Unfortunately, as addicts, we know that this is a short-lived experience. So we want to find ways to stay inebriated because it feels better than the alternative. Drug addiction is one thing that satisfies our instant gratification every time. We know exactly what to expect, how much to use and how much we need to get our fix, reaching maximum results from substance abuse. We develop a relationship with alcohol and/or drugs that becomes our priority. Eventually, the negative impact of drugs and/or alcohol affects all other areas of our lives. Addiction is a controlling life partner, dictating your personal, social and spiritual life. Learn how to break free from the bondage of addiction in rehab today.
As we embark on our love affair with substance abuse, we allow the addictive thought process to second guess our healthy choices. We shift our perspectives to complement continued substance abuse and to downplay the concerns of others. Personal, social and spiritual variables are all impacted by substance abuse. These three categories can be broken down further into subcategories: spirituality, priorities, performance, attitude and behavior.
The only way to eliminate addiction is to recognize that you are powerless over it. We cannot exercise control over addiction in the same way it controls us. Our attempts to control it are fruitless. We need to seek treatment with professionals who are experienced with helping addicts eliminate alcohol and drug use. Addiction professionals can help us restructure our personal, social and spiritual components to be more in tune with sobriety.
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