Between the two, who is an addict?
Answer? I have no idea. They both could be addicts or both aren’t. Sometimes people judge someone’s circumstances and start labelling people. An Addiction cannot be controlled. It is when a person has to have something or has to do something. It can be psychological, physical, or both. In a way a lot of people are addicted even to the littlest of things. I tested myself the other day and decided to hide my laptop and phone and any other technology and just go to school and come home and do something. When I arrived at school I realized I wanted to text, my fingers were moving a lot. Then I came home and sat on my study table and started looking for my laptop. The laptop I hid! (Haha, I have a problem guys.) Anyway it just goes to show that anything can turn into an addiction.
Signs of addiction
The most obvious sign is the need to have the addictive substance but there are other psychological and physical signs that indicate signs of addictions. Psychological signals would be when the person thinks alcohol or drugs is a problem solver. The person can also form some habits like, stealing, selling belongings, keeping secrets more often, withdraws from family or friends, anger, anxiety, depression. Some physical signals include, changing sleeping patterns, shakes, change in body image (weight loss or gain).
How to get over an addiction
Anyone who is addicted on something will say its almost impossible to go cold turkey. The term “cold turkey” means completely stopping or cutting off the thing that makes anyone an addict. It’s not possible.
The best way to do it is to slowly cut back. Perhaps a person drinks 8 pints of beer in a day, the person can reduce it to 6 pints in a day instead, then slowly 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.
To add to the slow cut back, invest time into doing something, anything. For example, swimming. Then find a meeting or group council that can be attended on weekly basis to vent and listens to other peoples accomplishments and struggles.
Some more tips on recovery:
- Tell your friends about your decision to stop using drugs or drinking alcohol. True friends will respect your decision. If not they do not support you then you know that your friends were “fair weather friends”. This means friends who are only with you for a short while. You need friends who will be 100% supportive.
- Don’t try to handle things alone. Your family and friends are there! If you’re going through a tough time, call someone you trust and talk about it — accept the help your family and friends offer.
- Accept invitations only to events that you know won’t involve drugs or alcohol. If you’re only at the beginning of your journey, its best to not go to events with alcohol and drugs. You can go to the movies, roller blading, art viewing, bowling, etc., anything that will keep you way from drugs.
- Have a plan about what to do if drugs are found in your place. The temptation will be there sometimes, but if you know how you’re going to handle it, you’ll be OK. Establish a plan with your family and friends. For example a code word that indicates the presence of alcohol or drugs and your loved ones can come get you to take you out of there.
- You are not bad or weak because of an addiction. Always remind yourself that you aren’t weak or bad because of this. If you backslide (falling into old patterns), talk to someone ASAP! There’s nothing to be ashamed about, but it’s important to get help soon so that all of the hard work you put into your recovery is not lost.