Overcoming addiction can be an overwhelming ordeal. Many people feel no hope of ever enjoying a drug-free life: they have tried to quit multiple times and have failed to stay clean over and over again. Relapse causes recovering addicts to feel despondent, humiliated and even angry, but there may be a way to turn the challenge of recovery into a positive and hopeful motivation for change. Maybe all it takes to recover is a change of perspective.
Rooting for the Underdog
You have seen the movies and read the books: the lone hero stands up against impossible odds to triumph over his enemies, a disability, natural disaster or monster. Everyone loves an underdog story, but why? Maybe every human being, regardless of her success in life, can relate to the feeling of being the underdog. Everyone has struggled, everyone has felt impossibly small or weak, so everyone wants to believe that maybe they have what it takes to stand up for what is good and right, even when all of the odds are stacked against them.
It is true that, in your battle with addiction, you are definitely the underdog. Addiction is a powerful physical and psychological disease. It has taken countless lives and shows no sign of slowing any time soon. It has caused loving mothers to abandon their children, friends to become mortal enemies and it has moved previously honorable people of integrity into lives of crime. It has also ruined marriages, destroyed careers and landed millions of people in prison. Yes, addiction is a monster that wants to kill you, but, with the right help and enough people believing in them, underdogs beat monsters. Stop thinking of yourself as a victim, a lost cause or a waste of space, and begin to think that you are the underdog in your own story. We are here to help you take your Goliath down.
Psychological Effects of Addiction
Most people greatly underestimate the psychological power of addiction. They wrongly assume that psychology is just emotions that are easily managed. However, the truth is that, far more than the physical aspects, the psychological aspects of addiction make the condition so hard to beat. Addiction changes the way your brain works, because it creates new neurochemical pathways that drive drug and alcohol abuse more powerfully than conscious thought or will can prevent. Most addicts who relapse do so because they have overlooked the ways addiction has changed their brains. However, with the proper treatment, these effects can be corrected, and we can help you find that kind of treatment.
Become the Hero of Your Own Story
You can become the hero of your own underdog story by admitting to your need for help, putting others’ needs ahead of your own and accepting the help you need you can stand up to your disease. Successful recovery can usually be accomplished through the following steps:
- Admit that your chemical dependence is a problem that you need help to overcome
- Accept the help that is available to you through specialized treatment programs
- Submit yourself to the recovery process
- Understand that recovery is a long-term process and prepare for years of work
- Remind yourself of the things that really matter to you
- Accept that, even though recovery is a challenge, you have the necessary tools to accomplish it
Addiction lives in the same part of the brain that manages memories, impulses and feelings. When you feel hopeless or angry, it might help to understand that those feelings are a direct result of the disease you have, not your true capacity. In other words, these thoughts of hopelessness are not based on fact, but on broken modes of thought. Professional treatment can help you push past that brokenness into the healing that is waiting on the other side.
Everyone Is Pulling for Your Recovery
Your addiction wants you to think that you are alone, that you are too weak to beat it. It wants you to think that you do not have a big problem, because this disease will tell you anything that it takes for you to continue using drugs. Understand, though, that real people who love and respect you are pulling for you to land that knockout punch against your disease. Your friends and family members, and many people you have yet to meet, are like the audience in a theater pulling for you to emerge victorious.
Our admissions coordinators are standing by 24 hours a day at a toll-free helpline to help you get and stay clean from drug abuse. This story of recovery can be yours, and our staff are here to help. There are no strings attached when you call—you can stay anonymous if you want to. Our goal is to answer your questions and to connect you with the best recovery resources available. You can begin addiction recovery if you call now.