Addiction is a Chronic Condition – You Can’t Manage it Without Help
If you’ve been hearing lately that addiction is a chronic condition, you’re not alone. Research shows that, like many other types of chronic conditions, addiction is a long-term disease that needs to be treated in order to control it. Now, you might be thinking that you don’t want to control your addiction, you want to overcome it. You want to be free of your addiction, and this makes sense.
Many people who struggle with addictions not only admit that they are miserable, but they also don’t want to check into rehab if they can’t be guaranteed that they will effectively and successfully kick their addiction.
In Order to Overcome it, You Need to Understand it
The thing about addiction is that in order to overcome it and enjoy a successful recovery, you have to begin to understand what it is, and how it works. While the long explanation of addiction can become quite complex, the short explanation can be helpful in giving you a better understanding of what’s going on in your brain.
When you use addictive substances incorrectly, you have introduced your brain to something that feels good to you. This is even the case with eating disorders and other addictions like gaming, porn, or sex. It can be empowering to be able to make yourself finally feel better just by using, drinking, or engaging in these other activities.
If you’re actually ingesting something, you’re putting those toxins in your body, and your brain is making room for you to need it to live. These substances create a burst of neurons, or they change how these neurons are absorbed in the brain, which makes you feel powerful, distant, euphoric, smart, happy and like you are more than good enough.
Since you probably struggle with negative emotions, knowing that you can smother them can make life a lot easier.
Over time, your brain believes that you need these substances in order to live. Since many of our neurotransmitters are what makes getting up and getting going possible, and since most of these substances affect your brain’s ability to deliver the appropriate amount on its own, it begins to depend on your substance of choice to help get you going each day.
Great, so What Does All this Mean?
Right about now, you’re probably wondering what all this mean? How does it make addiction a chronic disease?
Your brain makes your body crave certain things that it enjoys. Sugar hits the pleasure center of the brain, so if you cut it out of your diet, even when it’s been completely gone for a while, you might find that you occasionally dream of eating a huge piece of cake.
It’s the same thing with your addiction. Even when you cut the source of your addiction out of your life completely, and you stay away from it over and over, you’re still going to crave it once in a while. Certain occasions might make you think how nice it would be to use or have a drink or two. Maybe it’s celebrating, maybe it’s stressful events, and maybe it’s just the end of a hard day of work that gets you thinking this way.
The point is that no matter how hard you work, chances are that you will struggle with cravings for life. Okay, now you’re probably wondering if the cravings don’t go away, why would you even bother to try to get clean? It makes sense, but you need to know that these urges do diminish. They don’t last forever. But, when they come, and they can come hard and fast, staying strong and choosing not to relapse is often a pretty significant challenge.
So, How Does this Make Addiction a Chronic Condition?
Think about many other types of chronic conditions that people struggle with. Diabetes, for example. For a good long while, you might manage it quite well. Yes, you still have it, but once you find a method that works for you, you can keep going for a long time on a medication that helps you to control your diabetes.
Eventually, you might discover that you need to have your medication adjusted in order to enjoy the same control that you had before. You’ve gone to the doctor and with his help, found a new way to get your diabetes under control.
When you’re overcoming an addiction, you might find a method that works for you for a good long time. Maybe it’s a decade, but you’re living life and doing great. Until eventually, the techniques that have kept you living clean and sober for so long aren’t working anymore.
Many people who are in recovery don’t take the time to make sure that they get the help they need during this time to rebuild and strengthen their recovery techniques, they just hope and pray for the best. However, with the right help, they can manage their addiction again, and avoid relapse. Too often, people in recovery just don’t think they need to do this, or they don’t understand how it can make a difference.
We All Need Help Managing Things Once in a While
When we have been in recovery for a while and have stopped things like attending meetings and seeing a therapist, it’s easy to lose track of your recovery. This is the time that it’s more important than ever to redouble your efforts, especially if you find that you’re struggling with cravings and urges.
You might find that it’s time to get back into those meetings to reconnect with your recovery journey or start seeing a therapist to help you understand what’s making you struggle with urges at this point in your life.
We all need help to manage our addictions once in a while. We want them to stay in remission forever, but in order to do that, we need to start taking a closer look at what we’re doing, what we’re not doing currently to help us stay strong in our recovery, and what can be an effective treatment option going forward.
It’s Okay to Seek Treatment Again
There are many times that people who have been enjoying a strong recovery feel that they need to return to rehab. Maybe a healthy, happy recovery has been derailed by relapse after relapse lately. Maybe things are just getting too hard to avoid lately, or, maybe the reason for overcoming the addiction in the first place has somehow gotten lost in the shuffle and you feel like you need to reaffirm your reasons for staying clean and sober.
No matter what your reason for feeling like you need to redouble your recovery efforts and enjoy a recovery reset, you’re probably beginning to understand that addiction is a chronic condition, and you need to keep it under control for the next stage of your life.
This is where we can help. We understand that there are many different treatment options out there. We also know that not each type of treatment is a good fit for everyone. That’s why we have so many different options for you to choose from to help you get and stay strong in your recovery journey and manage your addiction going forward.
When you give us at Elite Rehab Placement a call, we help you with the whole addiction treatment locating and financing process. It all starts with your insurance information. Our insurance specialists get started right away digging into your policy to help you figure out what’s paid for, what’s not, and what you can count on having to pay out of your pocket.
Then, once we know what your insurance will pay and can give you solid numbers, we learn about you, your needs, your recovery so far, and what you would like to see in your journey going forward. Then, we match you up with some of the best addiction treatment options for your needs and you make the choice of what feels right for you.
Addiction is a chronic condition, but you don’t have to struggle to manage it alone. By reassessing your recovery now, and finding ways to reconnect with your journey, you can continue living a strong, healthy recovery that you can feel great about for life. So why not give us a call today and find out how you can stay strong and on track for life?