Contributor: Crystal Karges, MS, RDN, IBCLC, Special Projects Coordinator at Eating Disorder Hope/Addiction Hope
The struggle with addiction and substance abuse is one that takes a person on an isolated journey of suffering and pain. Because addiction and substance abuse affects an individual in multiple ways, the way out of the vicious cycle can be grueling and difficult.
Often times, an addict will persist in their behaviors, even in the face of the harshest consequences. For the individual struggling with addiction, the process of accepting and wanting help must be stronger than the want and desire for the drug itself. Because of the severity of addiction, reality is often distorted and the dangers associated with the destructive lifestyle often minimized.
Cognition and judgment are typically distorted in the person who is struggling with an addiction to drugs or alcohol. This can make it even more difficult for a person to rationalize his or her choices or to intelligently process the reality of their situation.
For these reasons, following the voice of guidance from loved ones can be invaluable in the recovery process from addiction. Heeding the advice and counsel of the people in your life who love and care about you can make all the difference in your journey towards healing and freedom.
While it may be difficult to accept direction and support from loved ones, remember that you will need others to help you navigate through the darkness of addiction. This may include family members, trusted friends, counselors, mentors, pastors, therapists, and more.
Addiction is a powerful disease, but a strong support system can give you the resources you need to overpower it. Any outside direction or feedback you receive should ultimately push you towards progress in your recovery from addiction.
If you are struggling with accepting direction and have found yourself resistant to helpful advice and direction, consider processing this with a professional counselor.
If you are a loved one of a person who is struggling with addiction and have found yourself unable to get thru to the person you love, consider seeking out the professional guidance of a therapist as well. Working with a professional can be a helpful resource for knowing how to approach an addict and lead them towards treatment.
Community Discussion – Share your thoughts here!
In your opinion, what can make it difficult to accept and receive direction from other people? If you are in recovery from addiction, what has helped you be more accepting of direction from others? How has this benefited your recovery and helped you maintain sobriety?