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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

How to Help Those Caught in an Addiction

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine.

I have talked before about addiction. It is something that doesn't always get addressed as much as it should, because of shame or guilt or a host of other feelings. But, I honestly feel that most of us, if not all of us, suffer from our own addictions. While all addictions are dangerous and detrimental to our well-being, some have more immediate and drastic effects.

Admitting to yourself that treatment is necessary is not an easy thing for most people to do. In fact, it's well known that getting treatment for an addiction is among the most difficult things anyone can do. The extraordinary courage that is required of a recovering addict is not something that should be overlooked and it should be commended. After all, the world is full of people suffering in silence who did not have the fortitude to make this decision. People who decide that it's time to get something more out of life need to be sure that they're dealing with people who know how to help them.

The first step is getting these people to trust others and give themselves over to some sort of treatment program. After all, without taking this first step there really isn't anything that anyone can do to help them recover. A big part of this is acknowledging the helplessness that they are experiencing over their addictions. This is perhaps the biggest issue with getting people into treatment since no one likes to admit that they don't have control over their own actions. Despite this, it's essential for recovering addicts to admit this harsh truth to themselves.

This leads into the next step, which falls upon those closest to the person seeking recovery treatment. People struggling with addiction often say and do things that they absolutely do not mean in any real way. It's very easy for loved-ones to take these things seriously due to their emotional proximity to the addict. It's important for loved-ones to stay strong and keep a present mind on these matters. Understanding why a person says and does certain hurtful things should help loved-ones move past it to help the addict get over their addiction.

Above all, the most important thing to keep in mind here is that the person struggling with addiction needs to be shown loving kindness instead of derision. People who have never felt the sting of addiction can sometimes drastically underestimate the extent to which the addict does not have control over his or her actions. Since most people have never been put in this position themselves, it is easy to understand why this is so often the case. Despite this, family and friends need to understand the role that they play in the long-term recovery of an addict. The truth is that it's very uncommon for addicts to go through treatment and then stay off of drugs if they don't have the support of friends and family. Without this support net, recovering addicts will often default back to old friends and bad habits since they have no idea where else to go.

When recovering addicts work with a professional who understands their problems, they have a much higher potential for long-term recovery. Per Wickstrom has been helping people get through trying times like this for a long time now. Through his work, many addicts have found their way to the treatment they needed to get. The value of this type of service to those in true need cannot be overstated. While everyone has their own journey on the way to recovery, everyone needs some help from someone along the way. Per is happy and privileged to have been there to help so many in need.

Taking that first step can be hard, but it will be more than worth it in the end!


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