Addiction Causes Misery

Various forms of addiction like alcoholism, smoking, intake of drugs, immoral habits ruin not only the user but also those associated with him. In many parts of the world, addictions are the cause of major health problems.

How many families have been ruined? How many have spent their last penny on their addictions rather than provide for their hungry children? The results are indeed alarming and on the heavy rise. Addictions lead to much unhappiness and often families are destroyed and torn apart.

The persons who are having addiction must first admit that they have problems. They must be honest with themselves and others. They must also have the support of their family and friends, who should make them, realize that they are not only ruining their own live but also their close family members too.

Bad habits like taking drugs are serious matters to be looked at. The health of the person will deteriorate and affect his mental condition also. This person must be made to realize that his or her life is not one that should be wasted and that God has given a body only to make use of, not destroy by taking poisonous substances like drugs and drinks. Prayer and counseling must be given to the person concerned to save life.

Immoral practices also are rising especially with the added technology of the web. People now resort to any means to make money. This will affect not only their health but their family life too. The very basis of society is a strong family. The only true friends will be close family members in times of need. The persons who are immorally inclined must be made to understand that youth passes with time and as age progresses, the only remaining support will be that of those who really love for love’s sake. Money can be and must be earned through rightful means in order to last and give happiness to everyone.

The people who have gone wayward must not however be scorned or ridiculed; instead they must be lovingly cajoled and brought back to normal life with continued persuasion. Prayer and God’s grace can save the black sheep. An environment of love must be created to rescue addicted people by talking. Sweet and true words with honesty will transform such persons. Dedication is a must. Addicted people may pose problems of many sorts, even abuse, but if you really love and care, then you should try to bring back into life a person who was absolutely wonderful not long ago until the ghost of bad habits took possession.

Love, prayer, support, determination and dedication are the main tools one should use to curb addiction.

Addiction and the Brain

How can he be so selfish? He can clearly see how much pain he’s causing – why doesn’t he care? I can’t take the stress any longer. He’s destroying all of our dreams. Our lives have become Hell. Isn’t he tired of living this way?

These are the typical thoughts that run through your mind when you love an addict. You can’t understand why he continues on such a destructive path. Why does he make so many bad choices? Why does he cause so much pain to his family and loved ones?

You get so angry because he obviously doesn’t care. You blame him for being weak. But this isn’t because he doesn’t care, and it’s not because he is weak – he is sick with the disease of addiction. all of the blame, guilt, and arguing in the world won’t change it. He needs help.

You expect him to ask for that help eventually. To seek it out once he hits “rock bottom”. You believe if you keep pointing out his mistakes, reminding him of his failures, and laying on the guilt, he will snap out of it and come to his senses. Unfortunately, for many addicts, it takes a tragic turn before they will reach out for help on their own. And, sometimes, not even then.

What science is now understanding, thanks to the technology of brain imaging, is that addiction is a brain disease. Addiction hi-jacks the brain, so that the addict’s brain no longer functions normally. Due to the changes in the brain caused by drugs and/or alcohol, the addicted brain believes it needs the drugs for survival (even over food). This is why the addict continues to drink or use drugs even in the face of devastating consequences.

In order for positive changes to take place, the family needs to understand addiction. The first step to helping your loved one is gaining knowledge. It’s difficult to help another person if you don’t understand the problem. By learning as much about addiction as possible, families can help their loved ones to recovery.

There are many myths surrounding addiction. Here are five of the common myths:

Myth #1 – Addicts are bad, immoral, or degenerate.

The truth – Evolving research is demonstrating that addicts have a brain disease. The person suffering with addiction will often times do things that society considers bad, immoral, or degenerate in order to feed the addiction.

Myth #2 – The addict lacks willpower.

The truth – this is an old belief. Addiction negatively affects the area of the brain called the dopamine system which in not under conscious control.

Myth #3 – Addicts should be punished, not treated.

The truth – The brain disease of addiction causes impaired control over the addicts use of drugs. Addicts need treatment.

Myth #4 – Addicts can not be treated with medication.

The truth – New medicines are being developed to help patients curb their cravings. These medications reduce the chances of relapse.

Myth #5 – Addicts need to hit bottom before they are ready for help.

The truth – The sooner an addict gets into treatment the better.

Addiction is a treatable disease, but it must be faced head on. You don’t have the power to take addiction away from your loved one, but you do have the power to give him a good push toward help. You can get educated on addiction, talk to doctors, and find a good treatment program.

Don’t forget the importance of building your own mental and spiritual strength. There are many support systems available to help you along the way; family recovery groups such as Al-Anon, your church, a counselor, trusted friends, and the list goes on and on. You don’t have to face this alone – help is out there if you’re willing to accept it.

There is a stigma attached to addiction, especially when it involves illegal drugs. Because of this stigma, many families have a difficult time reaching out for help. Feelings of shame, embarrassment, and failure are common in the addict household. But it’s time for families to let go of this shame. Addiction is a treatable disease.

Using CBT As an Effective Means of Addiction Counseling and Therapy

Life is not always a bed of roses. There are times when we have to face many challenges, trials and tribulations. This makes the task of facing up to life rather tough and challenging too. Sometimes these challenges are in the form of addictions that people contend with and find it very tough to come up trumps against.

Addictions can get quite debilitating sometimes. There are some folks who get so dependent on habits like taking drugs or alcohol, or perhaps even being addicted to sex that normal life becomes quite tough on them. You may have seen some people being so addicted to drugs or alcohol that they ruined their health as well as family life. Such people need help, and urgently, which could be in the form of CBT or Cognitive Behavior Therapy. CBT is extremely helpful and has seen to be very effective in helping people kick off various kinds of addictions that they may have got entangled with.

The basic premise on which CBT is based on is the fact that we are creatures who are guided by our thoughts. Thoughts are the source from which emotions and actions spring up in our life. If you dwell on this, you will realize that this is quite true. When you feel sad or perhaps angry, you would know that thoughts would be at the root of such emotions, as we think first and then we feel or act. After all, we are thinking beings and not mindless zombies or robots.

CBT helps addicts to analyze their behavior patterns and addiction induced actions, so that they can isolate those thoughts that make them prone to addiction. It is true that an addict to drugs or alcohol is feeling some lack, which is prompting him to indulge in addiction to fill that need. With CBT, the trained therapist would be able to help the addict understand as to what are the specific situations and thoughts that act as triggers forcing the person to give in to addiction.

Using CBT, it would be possible for the patient to replace negative and addiction causing thought with positive and wholesome thoughts that can slowly but surely cause less dependence on the addiction. Thought replacement is a very powerful technique that CBT is able to very effectively induce. This helps the addict to kick the habit that is so harmful.