There is no doubt that addiction can destroy your life. But when is it time to seek help? Even if you feel certain that your drug or alcohol use is safely under control, it pays to know the signs of addiction and how denial holds many people back from getting the help they need
How Denial Keeps You Trapped in Addiction
Denial is a defense mechanism that helps us cope with stressful situations, but it can also be dangerous. If you are in denial, you cannot believe in the “big picture” or the reality of a situation. When it comes to addiction, denial can kill you. Addiction is an illness just like diabetes or cancer. If you leave it untreated, it will destroy your life. Fortunately, addiction is treatable. It is up to you to decide when it is time to ask for help.
Drugs and alcohol are designed to trick our minds and our bodies. These substances give us a temporary feeling of euphoria that does not last. These substances help us continue to deny reality or the problems we face. Even when life seems impossible or when problems seem too big to handle, you are not alone.
Every year, thousands of people find help through our treatment assistance program. They meet new people who understand what they are going through, and they find qualified and experienced professionals that can help uncover the causes of addiction and help build a new life in recovery.
The Consequences of Addiction
Addiction carries with it some serious consequences. Can you afford to deny a habit when it affects so much of your life? Some of the ways addiction controls your life include the following:
- Your career:
- Your family:
- Your freedom: Addiction only gets worse. Eventually, you will get a DUI, a DWI or experience legal troubles related to drug use.
- Your health: Substance use destroys your health and your appearance. It will age your body on the inside and the outside.
- Your finances: How much are you spending on your habit? Are you spending more now than you spent in the last few years? Addiction is an expensive problem, and drug use is often prioritized over saving money or paying bills.