5 Truths About Addiction & Counseling
Here’s what you need to know before you head for your next addition counseling session:
1. Your addiction is the result of an underlying issue
A good addiction counselor understands that most of the time, addiction is a combination of biological and psychological components. However, much of the time, there are other underlying issues that lead to a person engaging in addiction. When you seek help, you should be working on those issues while also focusing on the addiction. For better healing that is also longer lasting, you need to unearth that underlying issue.
2. Relapse is reality
Relapsing into your old habits isn’t anything to be ashamed of and neither should you be dreading it. Think of it as a crucial part of the healing process. If you are to recover, relapses – yes multiple – will happen. You won’t be able to stave them off with say, will power. What you should do instead is stay committed. If you are serious about getting better, then be prepared to get no matter how many times you fall down.
3. The logistics play an important part in your healing
Once you have resolutely made up your mind to get help for your addiction, it is imperative that you let the people closest to you in on the secret. Your objective should be to let them know that you will need their help. That’s important because of the logistics. If you have kids, then who picks up the kids from school? If you are leaving your job, then who will take care of the finances? Your insurance company, the type of facility you go to etc. All of it needs to be settled for a smoother transition.
4. It is easy to open the door to let in other addictions
Be on the lookout that you don’t exchange one addiction for another. It might seem like healthy behavior to you when you start working out excessively. Even so, it would be still be a bad exchange. One important reason why this might happen is that you haven’t yet arrived at the issues underlying the addiction. You remain obsessive; you simply change the object of your obsession. Before letting another habit consume your time and energy, it is better that you discuss it with your addiction counselor.
5. An addict isn’t who you are
For some people, the guilt associated with their addiction is all too real. Yet they look at habit as something that is a part of them. Don’t let the addiction become your identity because you are so much more than it. It is a habit – a bad one that might even prove fatal but that is all the addiction is. Treat it as you would treat any other problem and don’t be ashamed of it. Once you realize this to be true, you would have taken the first step to getting your life under your control.
Addiction counseling can be life-changing and immensely healing. You just have to give it your all and you will be on the road to recovery!