Addiction: Where’s the Hope?
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Let Others Help You Untie / Lose the Addiction
Does it feel like every day there is a bulletin on the latest celebrity who has admitted himself or herself into rehab? The unfortunate passing of Phillip Seymour Hoffman was due to a heroin addiction. The death of Glee celebrity, Cory Monteith, was also from a drug overdose.
Some may perceive these celebrities as having amazing lives; they make a lot of money; they own multiple cars and homes. It appears that they have all the opportunities to have amazing lives and relationships.
If celebrities, people who seem to have so much, struggle to overcome addiction, how can the common-folk do it? On the radio, one doctor commented that there is no cure to an addiction. That’s all that was on the broadcast. There were no other comments to possibly instill a grain of hope in the listener’s mind.
So what about the so-called “addicts” who are not celebrities? What about the people who mortgage homes to pay for rehabilitation programs. What about those who have such a hard time believing they are worth the effort? What about those courageous people who, admittedly with help, have overcome addictive patterns of behaviour, persevere, improve their relationships and have been able to co-create happier lives? These are the stories and truths we need to hear more about.
Technically, many might agree with the doctor’s negative, “to-the-point” comment… “There is no cure to addiction”. It is absolutely possible, however, to have suffered from an addiction, overcome it with hard and consistent effort and to develop a happier life. YES!
If, as the doctor says “there is no cure”… then maybe it is not an illness. Perhaps it may, at least in some instances, be better viewed as an inappropriate coping strategy or poor stress response. In still other situations, it may be seen as learned behaviour that can be unlearned? With an accurate assessment, it is possible to determine the factors contributing, the level of risk as well as the strengths and resources available to effectively overcome addiction. This is the kind of news we should hear about. The opportunities and success stories are not heard enough.
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