An addiction crisis just may be the first step to recovery, but it’s not necessary to have one before making a better choice for yourself. To expand on this concept, please find the following post by guest author, Elizabeth Davies, MC, and founder of Bright Alternatives.
Addiction Crisis by Elisabeth Davies, MC
When we continually participate with unhealthy habits or substances that cause negative consequences in our life, we may have an addiction.
A crisis is often the necessary condition that it takes to reveal our addiction. A crisis can be a personal tragedy, emotional upheaval, or any condition that leads us to a decisive change.
Some unhealthy habits such as smoking cigarettes may take time before we feel the full effect of the negative consequences (cough, nicotine-stained fingers or teeth, smell of smoke, shortness of breath, upper respiratory infections, hoarseness, labored breathing, etc). Whereas the negative consequences of food addiction may be evident much quicker (continued weight gain, obesity, cost of having to buy larger clothes, decline in self-esteem, due to feeling overweight, obsessive thoughts of food, feeling sick from eating past our full point, intimacy problems with our partner due to not feeling sexually attractive, body shame, hiding or sneaking food, eating to relieve stress, loss of control to manage weight, etc.) That’s a lot of consequences!
If none of the above consequences are considered enough of a crisis to warrant a decisive change with our dependency to the substance or habit, we will most likely continue with it. Addiction is often our unconscious way of coping with emotions, specifically depression and/or anxiety. Learning effective skills to manage our emotions and love and accept ourselves decreases our compulsion to participate with our unhealthy habit or substance.
With addiction comes negative consequences that eventually lead to our destruction physically, emotionally and spiritually. The unstable condition that a crisis brings can be just what we need to recognize the change we need to make, regarding our unhealthy habits and bring about new positive outcomes for our lives.
If you are already noticing negative consequences with your health, relationships, finances, or self-respect due to your participation with an unhealthy habit or substance, you do not have to wait for an addiction crisis before making a better choice for yourself.
Seek resources from an addiction specialist: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Addiction-Experts/197593667530?sk=info
Go to a free addiction support group www.smartrecovery.org. Ask for a sponsor, http://www.addictionz.com/sponsorship.
Talk to a trusted loved one who will support you in making choices for your highest good. Read books and articles about addiction recovery and treatment. Hoffman, John and Frooemke, Susan. Why Cant They Just Stop? Addiction, New Knowledge, New Treatments, New Hope. New York. Rodale, 2007.
To learn effective skills to manage emotions and increase self-acceptance please feel free to contact me at www.brightalternatives.com.
“Rise Above Your Obstacles” is Elisabeth Davies motto and the basis of her counseling and life coaching practice, Bright Alternatives, through which she has helped thousands become more effective in managing their lives and reaching their personal goals. She can be reached by clicking here.