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A Journey from Addiction to Recovery; the Importance Of Hope In Addiction Recovery

Updated on January 29, 2018
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While a journey to recovery is long and hard; the path to recovery is one constant, and that is hoping. Hope is important because it assists with the proper action from beginning to end toward a series of steps leading to a plan for recovery. Without hope or motivation to recover; there is no more than mere wishful thinking with no road to recovery. One of my favorite quotes is "Everything that is done in the world is done by hope," by Martin Luther.

There are treatment programs for behavioral addictions and a person with a behavioral addiction need treatment in the same way as an individual with an addiction to cocaine or alcohol. Research shows that more than 30 million individuals in the U.S. alone have an addiction to sex. Some are so addicted that they find themselves preoccupied with thoughts or behaviors of sexual activities. Individuals with sex addiction are so trapped that porn is their prison. A person addicted to sex can be just as destructive as an individual addicted to drugs and alcohol. When it comes to sex, most people feel sex enhances their quality of life. Sexual struggles are typical in families of sex addicts.

A Journey from an Addiction to Recovery is long but possible

Signs and Symptoms of a Sex Addiction

  • Acceptance of unsafe sex practices
  • Engaging with multiple partners.
  • Make promises to quit sexual behavior
  • Make efforts to stop sexual behavior, but fail
  • Often find themselves preoccupied with sexual thoughts
  • Has a need to increase the amount of sexual behavior
  • Often feel restless or irritable if unable to engage in sexual behavior
  • An enormous amount of time is spent in sexual activities
  • Justifies out of control sexual behavior
  • Denies having a sexual problem and make excuses for the behavior.

How to Break free From Sex Addiction

Sexual addiction is a tough habit to break. It is not easy to break free of because most addicted people lie to themselves. The lies come with excuses like I do not have an addiction; I am just spending precious time with an individual I love. To successfully overcome the sex addiction you need to stop lying to yourself.

When you are ready to overcome sex addiction you first must acknowledge, you have a problem with an efficient attitude. After admitting you have a problem, you must decide to change. To make a change is what it will take to break the bondage, the addiction has over you. The next step is to seek a counsellor; he or she will help you to stop lying to yourself. Counseling will help you to be entirely truthful about your sex addiction.

It will also equip you with an efficient method on how to overcome your sex addiction. Here are a few techniques a counselor might advise a sexually addicted person to repress their addictive desires: Stop looking at porn on the Internet. Don't watch movies that have sex stimulating in them. When you feel sexual desire, don't hesitate to contact me. With all these advices and the council proper guidance, the sexually addicted person will be motivated to face his/her addictive desires.

When a person makes an attempt to get control over sex addiction, they are doing much more than breaking a bad habit. They are struggling to change their deepest and most personal feelings. Sometimes the first try fails, but that does not mean you should be discouraged if the first try is a burst. You are dealing with profoundly deep feelings that are not easy to transform. In time, you will get your addiction under control if you hang in there and not give up. Keep in mind; every failure is a new experience that teaches you how to deal with the situation next time.

You will encounter difficulty as you strive to get the addiction under control, but don’t confuse the careful with the impossible. It is not impossible, and you will realize with the proper approach, what sometimes seems to be impossible can actually be very doable. Thousands of people have benefited from the experience of failure, don’t allow failure to stand in the way of your progress. Of course, deciding you want to stop an addiction does not mean you can just blink like Jeannie in I Dream of Jeannie, and you cured.

It takes hard work, first-time failure, honesty, determination, self-awareness and a commitment never to give up. To successfully overcome your addiction you cannot be afraid of failure. Realize in this very traditional world; we have to understand that there are things that feel good that are not good that will lead to offensive penalties. Not dealing with sex addiction will bring about consequences. Hang in there and know it will feel good to conquer your sex addiction.

The Skinny on Obesity (Ep. 4): Sugar - A Sweet Addiction

An Eating addiction is a severe substance abuse, and it is hard for most people to overcome. Food addiction is very similar to having a drug addiction because the brain shares the same neurotransmitter symptoms. Some people think an eating addiction come from lack of willpower, but that is not necessarily right. Studies show overeating comes from the strong dopamine signal “hijacking” the biochemistry of the brain. The way over eating works is pretty complicated, the short video below will explain it better, so you can better understand.

What Are the Signs of an Eating Disorder or Compulsive Overeating?

  • Despite feeling full, you frequently get cravings for certain foods
  • Make excuses as why you should eat food you are craving
  • Tried very hard to quit eating, craving foods, but been unsuccessful
  • When you give into eating food you desire, you often eat more than you planned
  • Try very hard to hide over eating from others

Most might not believe food addiction and drug addiction are very similar, but in reality, they are two related full-blown addictions. The only difference is the substance, and the typical result isn't as severe..

How to overcome an Eating Habit

Most might not believe food addiction and drug addiction are very similar but in reality, they are two related full-blown addictions. The only difference is the substance, and the typical result is not as severe.

When you find yourself wanting to quit a habit more than keep doing it, but lacking control interfere, you must have a desire to stop making a habit you know are wrong. Overeating is the most dangerous practice anyone can pick up. It's hard to break a habit that most of us have created for our self. When we continue to purchase junk food that is not good for us and prepares the worst recipes over and over again, we are creating a bad habit.

Let’s stop to think there is a reason that “junk” is put into everyday words with food because it is not good for us. We might think junk food is a typical snack, but really it is a familiar force that takes action against us once we eat it without thinking. Junk food is unhealthy, rarely satisfying and so very easy to overindulge while eating it.

Seven Amazing Simple Ways to stop overeating

  • Choose what and how much you want to eat daily
  • Purchase healthy snack only
  • Stop eating while watching TV or on the Internet
  • Begin eating smaller portion
  • Stop eating irregularly, try sticking to eating regular meal time.
  • Through away all junk food and purchase healthy snack like fruit, carrot, fiber one bars, etc.
  • Limit how often you eating fast food

Although television is not real, we need to know addiction is incredibly existent. Maybe there no way to prove television can be an addiction, but it really can become one. Whenever a person spends a tremendous amount of hours sitting on the couch watching TV, changing from one station to the next till they fell asleep, they have allowed television to become a full-blown addiction. Some people use TV as a short- term escape from reality. However, when they wake up with the television still on and feeling excessively tired, it's time to start dealing with what has become one big addiction.

Signs and Symptoms of Television addiction

  • Fall asleep with the television left on
  • Sit on the couch for many long hours, changing the television from one station to the next
  • Wake up with the television on feeling exhausted
  • Rarely socialize
  • Refuse to realize television is taking over
  • Feel the urge to watch tv daily
  • Think about what will happen on a television show before time to watch the show
  • Go to bed and dream about their favorite show
  • Neglect duties, families, and friends to watch television.

When a person is addicted to television, there is not a day that goes by that they do not want to watch television. I am not saying it's wrong to watch television. However, it's best to have your priority in order. Do not waste all your time watching television. Although most of the time it's hard to realize television is stealing your life, we still are responsible for planning out time wisely.

Although it's okay to watch television, coming up with an alternative to watching television will create a healthier lifestyle for us. For every valid option, you’ll come to love and look forward to brighter and better days. Every credible alternative means no more waking up tired and with idle hands. You’ll feel more relaxed, and wake up early ready for what’s ahead.

How to prevent television Addiction?

  • Create a TV-watching schedule each week
  • Monitor, the amount of time, spend watching television
  • Say no to watch the identical show more than once
  • Take the time only to watch three to four hours of television nightly
  • Stop turning on the TV and switch from one station to the next, only turn on the TV to watch at the regular time
  • Do tasks with the TV off
  • Develop a social life
  • Come to reality television is stealing your life
  • Come up with a better alternative

Social networking is when a person spends too much time online finding a relationship on social networking sites life Facebook, Tumblr, Twitters, Reddit, Myspace, Instagram, etc. Research show Facebook has over 1 billion active users each month. These active users consist of people who share the same birthday, chats and thoughts and searching for the same outcome.

Although social networking is a good place to compare one’s accomplishments, find old companions and acquaintances and keep in touch with friend and families miles away. It still can be an unhealthy social media habit. These networking sites can serve a purpose or be unrewarding. It is when a person allows a networking site to pre-occupy too much of their time that when it becomes unproductive. When a person allows social networking to connect them with a scale for what is not normal or unacceptable, it's time to seek help to limit unhealthy dealing with social networking.

Signs and Symptoms of Social Networking Addiction

  • Using social networking for unlimited periods of time
  • Experiencing a feeling of loneliness when not online
  • Inadequate online activities
  • A sense of depression when offline
  • Try very hard to limit the amount of time on social media, but fail
  • Missed appointments because hard to log off social media
  • Fight with spouse or boy/girlfriend over the amount of time spent online
  • More willing to spend time on online social relationships than in genuine human relationships
  • Sleep deprivation, lose sleep because hate to log off social media

While social media can be a brilliant structure for communicating, it comes with an advantage as well as a disadvantage. The signs and symptoms of social networking addiction prove that social media addiction can be more of a disadvantage. Yes, it's true, of course, social networking can serve a purpose, but it can make many lives difficult as well. Using social media is a great way to keep in touch with families and friends so very far away. However, we have to show some alternative while social networking to avoid the many consequences of becoming addictive.

Shopping is something that most people love and need to do, but it is not something that a compulsive shopping should not do. For most people shopping mean spending to purchase groceries, clothes, household product and general needs, but to a compulsive shopper, it means overspending. What is a compulsive shopper? A compulsive shopper is a person who tends to spend money, regardless of need or financial resources. Shopping addiction affects approximately six percent of the U.S. population. The habit tends to affect more females than males.

Signs and Symptoms of Shopping Addiction

  • Seek support from a support group like debt anonymous
  • When the urge comes to shop find a better alternative
  • Destroy all credit cards used to over spend
  • Avoid watching TV, shopping channels
  • Make a weekly budget and purchase only what on the budget
  • Whenever you feel the need to shop, attend debt anonymously

How to avoid common type of addiction

Types of addiction range from a different method of drugs, alcohol or foods usage and a desire to try something new. If you have a loved one who struggled with a particular type of addiction, it is important to understand the signs, causes, and effects of the syndrome. The biggest concern of present parents today is how to put a stop to their children developing an addiction they already struggled to overcome.

There are different parenting advice that can be very influential for a healthier parent-child relationship. This information is available to help prevent addictions in the child. A child who is at an enormous risk of inheriting an addiction from a parent is one who parent allows emotional distance plus lacked to be involved. Although parents, the addictive behavior will put their child at risk, it's best for them to lead by example. However, no matter what your personal history or current situation, with understanding and awareness it is possible to avoid sinking into the dangers of addiction.

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The Cycle of Addiction

9- Addiction Cycle; Journey from Addiction to Recovery

1st Obsession develops
2nd Insanity develops
3rd Cravings develops
4th Tolerance developserience hopelessness
5th Experience hopelessness
6th Reach rock bottom
HERE IS A SOLUTION: 12 STEPS
We experience intense reward & euphoria from using drugs
Drug abuse disrupts our brain’s communication system
Drug abuse changes our brain’s function and structure
Our brain adapts and builds tolerance towards unnatural chemicals / drugs
We are not aware we suffer from a disease
This cycle is repeated over and over again until we reach rock bottom
Accept we are suffering from a disease
Drugs help us cope with stress & problems
Our thinking becomes distorted, illogical & abnormal – definition of Insanity
The way our brain nerve cells send, receive, and process information becomes abnormal
We need more drugs to experience feeling normal – definition of Tolerance
We believe we are bad & weak people
any of us end up in institutions and asylums
Accept we have no power over our drug use
We want to re-experience the first high again and again – obsession
We cannot make logical judgments or rational decisions
Our brain becomes physically activated to produce powerful urges to use drugs regardless of consequences – definition of Cravings
Our reaction towards drugs becomes abnormal – we take more despite harmful consequences- definition of Allergy
We feel shame, guilt and regret over our drug use
any of us end up in institutions and asylums
Accept our life is unmanageable as a result of it
We take more & more for to achieve the first high
We cannot distinguish between fantasy & reality – Denial
Slowly our brain becomes dependant on drugs to function normally
Slowly we lose our emotions, feelings and morals
We are under the illusion we have power to control or stop our drug use – insanity
 
Accept defeat, we cannot help ourselves
Nothing brings us pleasure and relief except drugs
We use defence mechanisms to abuse drugs despite harmful consequences – i.e. justifications, rationalizations, manipulations, dishonesty, minimization, intellectualization, etc
As a result, we engage in shameful behaviours to use drugs for our survival
Become prone to accidents or suicidal thoughts
We make sincere resolutions and promises not to use again
 
Surrender and look for help outside ourselves
We lose interest in everything except finding and using drugs
We develop extreme character traits such as: Selfishness – want more & more to feel normal Self-centredness – don’t care about anyone or anything except drugs Grandiosity – I am better and smarter, I am different and special, and don’t need any help
 
We experience withdrawal symptoms if stop using drugs
We are always angry, restless and depressed
 
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Drugs become our number one priority in life
Our insane ways of thinking leads to destructive behaviors and actions, i.e. crime, violence
 
We have now lost the power of choice and control over our drug use
We don’t know how to cope with life without drugs
 
Work the 12 Step as the solution for recovery from our addiction
We neglect ourselves and others
Our life becomes more chaotic & unmanageable
 
 
Our obsession with drugs is overwhelming
 
Experience a new way of life without drugs
 
We cannot rely on our thinking to make a right decision over our drug use
 
 
We are constantly craving more & more dugs
 
Live a life beyond our wildest dreams in freedom, peace and serenity
 
 
 
 
We are constantly craving more & more dugs
 
 
 
 
 
 
We exercise will power and can stop for a while, but soon find ourselves using again
 
 
 
 
 
 
We cannot understand why we can stop- have no power over our drug use.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This illustrations has used drugs as a way of example, you can replace it with your problematic substance or behavior to understand the vicious cycle of addiction.

Overcoming Addiction - What You Need to Know to Finally Beat It

© 2015 Pam Morris

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