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How To Change Your Mind About Drugs And Alcohol

We think of drugs and alcohol as a natural part of life, something we have to get used to. But in fact, they are highly addictive chemicals, and if not controlled, they can take over and ruin a person. If you’ve been experiencing a few of the issues outlined in the guide, check out the “The Truth About Drug & Alcohol Addiction” guide for ways to manage and combat your addictions and recovery process.

In “The Truth about Drug or Alcohol Addiction” guide it is mentioned several times how people become addicted and then go and do other things, like shop for alcohol, drugs and cigarettes because they know they cannot control their substance use. It appears that these people are using addiction as an excuse to not focus on themselves, their families, and their health.

We also often get the issue that our loved ones, and perhaps even ourselves, use drug/alcohol use as a way to cope with life. We may have worked for years away from our own people, but our families or others are still in the habit of making us feel that we aren’t good enough to survive and have been given a “get rich quick scheme”. They will make us feel that we are unworthy to have a loving presence with our families, even when we are the ones to take care of them most often. It is extremely easy for the addict to use drug/alcohol use to distract themselves, to forget about themself, to avoid the pain of life, to not give their family the needed support. All of these reasons are the same for everyone, not only addicts.

“No one is born addicted to anything” said Thomas F. Ehrlich, who is considered one of the fathers of modern behavioral science. However, he made it very clear that “addicts are simply people who are not able to control their substance use.” 

Many of us are addicted, for one reason or another, to a substance, or to having a certain type of relationship or friendship to those who use them. We may or may not be aware of how much, and how long, we have been abusing or using certain people in our lives. We may be very conscious of our own substance use, but not consciously aware when our friends or family are getting into trouble with one or more of the drug or alcohol addictions. It feels as if the person we have been close with is the one abusing our trust, and our lives. 

In the next part of this series, we will be breaking down the addiction process, and how different types of recovery will affect different types of addictive behaviour. And we’ll give you practical advice on how to make a change in your life if you find yourself addicted to another addictive substance.

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