Addiction is complicated and affects all aspects of a person’s life. The journey to sobriety is unique for everyone. We are all made up of our own personalities, families, relationships, painful experiences, emotions, physical and mental health conditions and more. These elements that make up who we are will influence the way we perceive ourselves and our recovery. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) states, there is no cure for addiction, but it is treatable and while we create a lifestyle of sobriety, we can still experience freedom.
Addiction hijacks the brain
While the effects of using drugs or alcohol can push a surge of euphoria, these substances eventually trap us as they hijack our brains and control the way our brains function. Drug and alcohol use changes our brains physically and physiologically, making us dependent on them.
Addiction interferes with relationships, finances, employment, and school. When we are addicted, we lose our freedom and ourselves. Addiction breaks our spirit and makes us feel isolated. Using drugs or alcohol takes priority over family and friends, and breaks us down mentally and physically.
There is hope in recovery
Asking for help can feel scary, but treatment is available and can be tailored to every person’s unique needs. In sobriety, we are free from the trap of addiction that held us hostage. Treatment prepares us for challenges that we will face throughout recovery. When we are sober, our physical and mental health will be restored and our spirit is renewed. Addiction robbed us of the ability to spend time with loved ones and focus on special interests and healthy activities.
Addiction often develops out of a need to control something. We become wrapped up in our emotions, upset over the way things are, and believe that self-medication with drugs or alcohol will solve the problem or help us cope. What we fail to realize is that acceptance is what truly sets us free. Through acceptance, we become much more open to life.
If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, you are not alone. Asking for help is the first step. Free yourself from the trap of addiction and take back your life. There is hope in recovery and you deserve to live a healthy, fulfilling life in sobriety. Get help today.
The Fort Worth Recovery umbrella covers medically supervised detox, as well as residential programs for men and women alike. Our programs are abstinence-based and combine a 12-step approach with a strong mental health component, integrating cutting-edge techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), Somatic Experiencing, and Motivational Interviewing. For more information or to start your healing journey, please fill out a contact request form and one of our recovery experts will connect with you shortly.