When individuals engage in substance abuse (alcohol, drugs, etc.) and they are unable to quit usage on their own even though they have tried repeatedly, but succumb to using again, they possess an addiction. Addictions are multi-faceted; they affect individuals in one or more ways; biologically, psychologically or socially. When the body develops withdrawal symptoms after the individual discontinues use, they are said to possess a physical tolerance. The substance is in their blood stream and they need it to physically function in order to remove the side-effects of withdrawal. Conversely, when an individual craves a substance that leads them to suffer emotionally and/or impedes their rational functioning without it, they are said to possess a psychological addiction.
Addiction and substance dependence are slow, insidious processes which develop over time through repeated use and eventual abuse of the drug of choice. When most addicts began using their substance of choice and using moderately, they were in control. As they increased their frequency in usage and increasing doses of the substance, their ability to moderate their intake and control over use of the substance diminished. Eventually they passed a point of no return where they couldn’t control their substance use any longer.
I have worked with thousands of people for over 2 decades with underlying issues that keep so many people “addicted” to their bad habits. From speaking with so many “addictive personalities,” I created a process that hits the mark and gets people onto the right road to recovery… pretty fast! It is all about getting to the root of their bitter resistance!
Whenever an individual chooses to quit using their substance of choice either by quitting immediately or going into a detoxification program, they often develop symptoms of withdrawal. When the body has developed a tolerance to a substance, the individual is physiologically addicted to it. Individuals experience unpleasant, even violent symptoms due to quitting. When an individual is able to quit with minimal or no disruptive bodily sensations, but rather experience intense, violent changes in their moods, they are likely addicted to their substance of choice at a psychological/mental level.
The goal is to minimize slips and create a state of clarity which brings individuals into a state of sweet acceptance of living in the here and now. When you get people with addictions and bad habits to this point, the results are fast, positive and lasting! Are you ready to rid yourself of your nasty vices, or help those that you love most?
Did you know that building good habits leading to personal successes works the same way as the creation of bad habits? When you are clear about what you want in your life, you are halfway there! The key to succeeding in attaining your goals in life is through setting intentions. An intention is a positive statement you make, much like a “resolution,” and believe you can achieve it. The belief in attaining the intention (seeing yourself as already having attained it) generates powerful feelings which draw the right people and circumstances into your life. In essence you have an “attractor factor” that you possess in that allow you to not only generate positive and successful outcomes, but can attract many more into your life. The goal is to ramp up your frequencies toward positive expectations and outcomes. You do not have to have an addiction to start creating good habits and lifestyles.
The best means of treating addiction is to encompass all aspects of the individual’s being, bio-psycho-social, so no area is left out. Healing and recovery is truly a process of “mind (spirit) over matter,” where one realizes true fulfillment and the ability to overcome bitterness is derived inward, rather than just the mere avoidance of the alcohol or substance of choice. The greatest battle most people will ever engage in is the war waged between their ears–their conflicted thoughts. And this battle is usually over when one begins to create permanent, positive and lasting change!