One of the first things to do when we are suffering from addiction and wanting to get clean or redefine ourselves without the addiction is to admit our mistake. Many people struggle with admitting their mistakes, especially early on when they are not likely to want to believe that addiction could happen to them. The reality is that addiction can happen to anyone, any time and anywhere. Addiction doesn’t discriminate against who it does or doesn’t choose and many people will be surprised to know that not all homeless people are addicts nor are all big name CEO’s all clean.
“Admitting your problem” or “admitting your mistake” sounds cliche and like something everyone knows, but not always. Just like when you have an issue with your computer or your car, you can’t fix what you aren’t can’t acknowledge or don’t know about. Just because someone only drinks after five or takes drugs only at certain times or places doesn’t mean that they aren’t addicts. Addict behaviour is far more complex and is attached to our emotions and psychology and can be affected by both. When we feel low or undervalued we may be more likely to reach for that drink or to seek out a hit of our drug of choice in order to make ourselves feel better. Drugs can help us find a seemingly easy escape from the everyday and when we start to seek out escapes from the everyday, we become more and more likely to begin losing ourselves in the midst of the drugs.
When addiction takes hold it can be very easy to begin to sacrifice our personal selves in order to get the drug or to enjoy the drug. Drug here is meant to refer to any intoxicating or “comforting” substance or action including over eating, over exercising, traditional drugs such as cocaine or crystal meth, or alcohol. When we are reliant on one of these behaviours or substances to help us get through our everyday lives, it begins to take over who we are, and we lose ourselves in the process.
First admitting your mistake is a key component to taking back your life and regaining control over who you are. Knowing the place you went wrong and took a different route than you had planned is key and integral to approaching it from a new mindset through which you want to heal yourself, your body, relationships and more.
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