If you have been drinking or taking drugs for a long time, then it is likely that you have heard people you love telling you to ‘just stop’. However, it is not that easy; if it were then why would there be any addicts in the world?
You may not have even admitted that you have a problem. You might be of the opinion that you do not actually have an issue with drink or drugs. You may be aware that you drink a bit too much or take drugs a little bit too often, but you may not see this as a big deal. In your mind, your loved ones are making a mountain out of a molehill because, to be honest, your life is not that bad.
Are You Being Honest?
You probably have a number of reasons for why you do not need to get help. You could have all sorts of excuses as to why you cannot quit at the moment. You might even have some reasons as to why you started drinking or taking drugs in the first place. Nevertheless, if you take the time to sit back and look at your life, can you truly say you are being honest?
You may have started drinking or taking drugs to help you deal with a traumatic event in your life, and while this is something that many people do, there are a lot of others who have also had traumatic experiences but have not turned to alcohol or drugs. You do not need these chemical substances to treat your pain; in fact, they can actually make your life a whole lot worse. There are many non-drug ways to treat issues such as depression, anxiety and low self-esteem. Just because you have been relying on chemical substances for so long is no reason to keep doing so.
Dangers of Ignoring Your Problem
If family and friends have been begging and pleading with you to get help, then you need to take notice. If your drinking or drug taking was not that bad, they would not have noticed and would not be expressing concern. In many instances, addicted individuals will be in denial about their problems because this is easier for them. By saying they do not have a problem, they do not have to get help. Fear is often a primary reason addicts do not reach out for help, but this should not be something you use as an excuse for burying your head in the sand.
The longer you ignore the problem, the worse it will get. Addiction is an illness that requires treatment. The good news is that treatments do exist, and they work. Countless addicts are now in recovery having reached out to professional organisations such as ourselves at Addiction Helper.
If you are addicted to a chemical substance such as drugs or alcohol, you need to get help as soon as possible. As well as causing relationship problems, it can affect your health. Constantly taking drugs or drinking alcohol can lead to a number of health issues, some of which can be fatal.
Addiction changes the way the brain works, and it causes those affected to become selfish and manipulative. Ask anyone who lives with an addict, and they will tell you how difficult it is. Many will describe their addicted loved one as completely different from the person they were before. Addiction often leads to irreparable breakdowns of relationships and may lead to financial hardship as the addict begins to spend all available funds on their habit. It is a destructive illness that affects everyone involved with the affected person.
Ask for Help
If you or a loved one is suffering from addiction, contact Addiction Helper today for free, confidential advice and support. We can help you to make a change in your life.