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Find Out If You Suffer From Addiction

Addiction: A Controlling Factor of One’s Life

Tunnel | Addiction | Way Out Take a good, hard look at your life. Look at how your addiction has affected your life and possibly others. It will help you to see the damage addiction is causing. Addiction is not something one should take lightly, it is a progressive disorder that only gets worse.

Two false statements that an addict is famous for saying to them self and sometimes to others are; “I can stop anytime I want to.” or “I’m not doing any harm to anyone.” An addict loves doing the very thing that they are addicted to so much, that they become blinded to the negative impact that their addiction is causing.

Addiction has a negative impact on the addict mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually. An addict’s life becomes controlled by the addiction itself. They will work, cheat, lie and steal to keep their addiction going. The addict becomes so self-centered that nothing else seems to matter to them and if it does, it will be for their own benefit.

Do You Suffer From Addiction?

A shot of whiskey, a crack rock, a needle full of heroin, a hit of meth, shopping, food, a slot machine, a race track, and so on. These are just some of the things that an addict has placed first and last in their life with nothing in between. It takes so much control over their life that if they go for a certain amount of time without, they start to suffer.

They may suffer physically from withdrawals because their body has become dependent upon the need for the drug they are addicted to. They may also suffer mentally and/or emotionally from depression, anxiety and fatigue.

A person can become withdrawn, irritable, moody, angry, or do things that are totally insane. Things like, committing crimes, becoming violent or even being driven to commit suicide.

Some Causes of Addiction

Addiction can start out slowly or one can become an addict instantly depending upon the power that the substance being used has over the individual. It may even be from the rush one gets from using drugs, winning by gambling, purchasing items or maybe from the taste of certain foods.

Some may become an addict by using alcohol and/or drugs for self-medication purposes. For instance, relieving anxiety, fighting depression, loss of hope, making it through hardships, feeling sorry for oneself and so on.

The fact is, is that anyone that has become an addict didn’t wake up one day and say, “Today, I’m going to become an addict.” Usually, it happens before one even realizes it and it’s not easy to admit to oneself or to others that they are an addict.

How to Find Out if You are an Addict

Denial is a big obstacle that prevents an addict from seeking help or accepting it. If you think that you may have a problem or even if you don’t, but others think you do, then prove it to yourself and/or others that you do or you don’t have a problem by getting an assessment.

There are places around your area that you can walk into and ask for an assessment. They will be able to tell you what is going on through an evaluation and whether you should continue with a treatment program or not. You owe it to yourself to at least find out whether you have a problem or not.

Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late – Get an Evaluation

So, what are you waiting for? Pick up the phone and make an appointment for an assessment TODAY! If you know someone that you believe has a problem, talk to them about getting an assessment.

At AIM Target Programs, we offer programs that deal with Substance Abuse, Anger, Domestic Violence and Petit Theft. If you feel that you can benefit from an assessment or one of our programs, please Contact Us by email or call us at 239-939-3363 or you can come to our office at: 3049 Cleveland Ave. Suite 100, Ft. Myers, Fl. 33901

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The Make Up of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous | Narcotics Anonymous Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous are made up of individuals from all walks of life. There are a couple of reasons for this; one is because addiction has no preferences and two is because some people are forced to go to these support group meetings.

Addiction Has No Favorites

Addiction can happen to anyone, it doesn’t matter whether they are a janitor or a doctor, or what their race is, or their culture, this is the reason why you will find all different types of people at these meetings. Some have no choice in the matter, they may have to go because they were court mandated, made to go by their employer, or it just may be part of their treatment plan.

Whether you go to Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous because you want to or not, you will get something out of these meetings. Everyone has a different story to tell and at some point, a person’s story will relate to someone in that meeting.

The people that are involved in Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous are there to help keep themselves clean as well as helping out the newcomers that attend these meetings. Their involvement may also consist of being a member of a homegroup and/or to offer sponsorship to someone that is looking for a mentor.

Why AA or NA?

When you get right down to it, people go to these meetings because they want to stop drinking and/or using drugs. These people have come to a conclusion that they need help and Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous is a place where they can find it.

There have been many people who have attended these meetings that were in denial, thought that they didn’t have a problem or were made to go and found out that they do have a problem and decided that they need help. Some have left that were still in denial only to end up coming back in the future when they realized that they do have a problem and need help.

There are those that will not attend these meetings because they are under the impression that Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous are religious programs. They have what they call the 12 steps and these steps help a person to grow spiritually. They do say the Serenity prayer at the beginning of the meeting and the Lord’s prayer at the end of the meeting, but no person is obligated to participate in saying these prayers.

About the Twelve Steps of AA and NA

The 12 steps are there to help people recover from the damage that addiction has done to their life inside and out. They will help an individual make their life more manageable and teach a person how to cope with everyday problems that may arise in one’s life.

When a person learns how to deal with their thought process, their emotions and make behavioral modifications, their chances of relapsing will decrease dramatically. It’s the path to recovery and the 12 steps work only if you are willing to work them. It has been proven time and time again that by working these steps, people have been able to live a much happier life and free from addiction.

Helping Someone Get to a Meeting

You yourself may not have a problem with alcohol and/or drugs, but you may know someone that does. If this is the case, you may want to invite them to attend an open meeting with you. You don’t have to mention to them that you think that they have a problem because they may feel offended and get resentful. You can think of another reason why you would like them to go with you.

On the other hand, you may have to help them see that they have a problem. Speak softly and discuss with them why you think that they have a problem. You can use video or a recorder to show a person how alcohol and/or drug abuse affects them when they use.

Whatever approach you may consider using, do not make the person feel that they are being attacked, this could make matters worse and trigger them into using. It’s the nature of the addiction.

Try to empathize with a person that is recovering from addiction, they may not make it the first time around and they are going to need all the support that they can get. They have a lot to deal with in the first year of recovery.

Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous are just that, they are anonymous. You don’t have to disclose anything about yourself at these meetings. No one will force you to do anything. For the beginner, you may want to find meetings that have a large attendance, you will feel more relaxed as opposed to a meeting where there are only about ten to fifteen people.

For a list of meetings in your area, you can check out these two sites: Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings or Narcotics Anonymous Meetings