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Addiction and an Underdog Mentality

Addiction and an Underdog Mentality

How can having an underdog mentality improve your odds of finding addiction recovery? If you believe that it is better to fight for recovery, even if the odds are stacked against you, you will be more likely to overcome addiction. In order to find the strength to seek addiction treatment services, you may want to clarify how powerful addiction is in your life, better understand the complications associated with addiction, and take some initial steps to learn more about addiction treatment options.

Am I Really Addicted?

When you fully understand your addiction, you can overcome denial, acknowledge your problem, and start developing the courage to take action. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) provides information about all aspects of drug abuse and addiction. In the post, How do I know if I’m addicted? NIDA authors suggest that you further explore your drug use problem by looking at questions including the following:

  1. Do you think about drugs a lot?
  2. Did you ever try to stop or cut down on your drug usage but couldn’t?
  3. Have you ever stolen drugs or stolen to pay for drugs?
  4. Have you ever been arrested or in the hospital because of your drug use?
  5. Have you ever overdosed on drugs?
  6. Has using drugs hurt your relationships with other people?

By looking at these questions and answering them honestly, you will begin to understand just how widespread the impact of drug abuse and addiction are on every aspect of your life. You can see that addiction affects your physical, mental, emotional, social, and financial state of being. You can also see that your drug abuse not only affects you but also those people you engage with including colleagues, family, friends, and other loved ones.

You also see that addiction is a very complex and multifaceted issue that can easily take control of the way you feel about yourself and others. If you answered yes to even a few of these questions, NIDA suggests that you reach out to a medical professional to help you clarify your addiction and take the appropriate steps to seek treatment.

Consequences of Addiction

Courage to seek treatment is a difficult mindset to cultivate, especially when the powerful hold of addiction attempts to take away your ability to make good choices. Therefore, it may be helpful for you to understand the consequences of your addiction. In the post, What Are The Possible Complications Of Addiction?, Medical News Today provides information on some of the destruction that drug addiction can cause.

Addiction impacts your physical health and puts you at risk for some diseases that are transmitted via needles. In other cases, addiction causes you to make poor choices that put you at risk for sexually transmitted diseases. In addition to physical health issues, addiction also impacts your mental and emotional health as well. In extreme cases, some drugs taken in high doses or combined with other substances can lead to unconsciousness, coma, or even death.

Another major area of risk caused by addiction is accidental injuries, death, and suicide. When under the influence of many drugs or substantial amounts of alcohol, people have a higher risk of falling, driving dangerously, and feeling that their life has no meaning.

The other people in your life are also negatively impacted by your addiction. Social, family, and marital relationships can be severely strained, leading to family breakups, isolation, and child neglect.

Unemployment, poverty, and homelessness are highly probable when people lose their jobs because of their addiction. In addition, because many drugs are expensive, addicted individuals often resort to crime to acquire the drugs, making legal issues, including imprisonment, more likely.

Take Steps Towards Treatment

Having more clarity about addiction and its consequences may help you to cultivate an underdog mentality and accept the challenge to get help. Helpguide.org provides some steps that are valuable for you to consider in their post, Overcoming Drug Addiction.

Deciding to make a change is often the toughest step toward recovery. Making the change to remove drugs from your life will require you to change the way you deal with stress, the people you interact with, how you spend your time, and how you think about yourself. Start by tracking your drug use, making a list of the pros and cons of quitting, and reevaluating the things that are important to you. Once these are clear to you, talk about getting help with someone you trust. Now that you understand the need to change and have support from others, look at what is preventing you and find strategies to overcome those obstacles.

Recovering from addiction is a long process, one that requires time, commitment, motivation, and support.

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