I am scared that I have an alcohol or drug problem. I am fearful that my loved one has a drug or alcohol problem.
What do I do? Fear about one's own or another's possible addiction can be paralyzing. We pray, hope, question, try to control, wish the problem away yet it still lingers.
In the addiction literature you will often see the phrase, "Addiction is cunning and baffling." We get hyper- aroused to those around us who continue to do self-harm by using drugs and alcohol. We trick ourselves into believing that we can control the amount of alcohol we drink or the amount of drugs we ingest.
Addiction can have a strong hold over one's brain. Despite the most honorable efforts we continue to use and get more negative consequences.
It is a baffling cycle. What might one choose to do about intervening on this negative cycle?
Contact a Professional who is trained in treating addictive disorders. Motivational Interviewing is an evidence-based practice to assist a client into engaging in the process of healthy change.
You or your loved one does not have to suffer alone, call a counselor today.
Recovery is possible! Joan Leary, Licensed Professional Counselor