If you are struggling with an addiction, then it can sometimes feel as if you are battling with ‘another you.’ This internal influence can often speak loudly and prove to be a powerful influence, so the sooner you learn to ignore and overpower it, the easier it will be for you to recover from addiction.
Indulgences Make It Difficult to Recover from Addiction
“Recovery might counsel you to ignore the addict voice — as though it weren’t your own voice at all.” This is the ideal, as it would restore your identify and power within yourself. Right now, you may find yourself craving the substance in one moment and vehemently turning it down in the next. This conflict can be extremely distressing, as both experiences feel as if they are the ‘real you.’ Though this is a common experience for people who have addictions, that doesn’t mean you have to live with this division forever, just as you don’t have to live with an addiction forever.
It’s really your brain chemistry, here, that is to blame. The substances that you put into your system activate certain parts of the brain that get excited about the drug or alcohol. Then, another part of you that makes your self-control-based decisions is unable to really connect with those other parts and it is this disconnect that pulls you in two different directions. In a sense, your brain is fractured, and the different pieces are unable to communicate as they should.
When these parts of your brain become out of sync, it makes it all the more difficult to recover from addiction, and to ‘recover’ your complete self. This division is said to become more pronounced the more time that passes, and the more sever and addiction, but it’s also not an exclusive situation to addiction. For example, giving in to ‘tempting’ experiences is a demonstration of the same reaction (for example, cheating on a diet and opting for junk food). “Craving is simply desiring what feels attractive, and surrender is the natural order of things when desire builds up for too long.” It simply becomes too difficult (for many) to resist.
However, after giving in, your ‘real’ self is sure to follow. That’s when guilt, regret, disappointment, and more settle in, and you wonder why you allowed yourself that indulgence in the first place. The drive that pushes you toward the substances is always more compelling than the end result. “You are no longer thinking or feeling the way you were a short time ago; your values have locked in again.” We discussed last week the importance of trying to maintain, or remember, your values while in the throes of an addiction, and this is part of why: they help to ground you.
Of course, it may not be long before that desire builds up again, tempting you toward indulgence. Whether you’re already, actively trying to recover from addiction or you haven’t reached that point yet, this brain activity is still a threat to your well-being. Addiction is “biological,” and if we really want to be able to help those who are struggling, then we have to try and understand how, exactly, it happens.
If you or someone you care about needs help recovering from drug use or abuse, then contact The Bergand Group. We offer recovery programs for yourself or for others or are seeking education materials about addictions. The Bergand Group is Maryland’s leading addiction recovery center and offers support for those struggling with drug addiction and mental health issues, including direction for those who may be denying an addiction. We can help you to work through your addiction in a safe and healthy environment where everyone is committed to your care.
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