Do you ever hear yourself say things like, “Oh, yeah, everything’s cool…I can control my drinking” or “I can quite any time” or “This is it…I’ll quite tomorrow”? Or have you told yourself, “I’m never gonna smoke that stuff again” or “I’m sick of having to go through this” or “I’m ashamed of having to hide my laptop or phone from my partner”? Have you ever heard others in your life tell you how your alcohol, drug, gambling, gaming, or porn use affects them? You’re not alone. Hundreds of thousands of people have started their journey to recovery right at this very spot. For many people, addiction may take on many forms and serve many purposes. From drinking alcohol, to smoking pot, snorting cocaine, to gambling, to shopping, to work… the list goes on. What makes an addiction an addiction? We generally observe the negative impact it has on us or those who we are close with. Some things may be missing work due to a “hang-over”, arguments with a spouse/partner, close friend or family member, over-spending, not able to meet financial obligations, legal entanglements, not being able to meet work or family role related obligations, significant changes in mood, becoming more and more invested in the addiction activity than originally intended, as well as other signs and symptoms. When bottom hits and the addiction has lost its “kick”, pleasure or purpose, then we realize we may need some help. We realized the addiction has destroyed or nearly destroyed our relationships, caused loss and self-doubt. If you’re ready to move from where you’re at to a place of balance and/or sobriety then it’s time for addiction recovery.
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