Sick And Tired of Being Sick and Tired… Addiction, and The Help You Need

If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve gotten to the stage where your drug addiction or alcohol addiction has reached anunmanageable, destructive point and you’re sick and tired of being sick and tired. Fortunately for you, this is what we deal with day in andday out. What can you do from this point on? First of all, feel relief that you’ve found a place where we know exactly what you’re going throughand why it’s so difficult. Relax and continue reading to figure out what your next few steps are going to be.

Let’s Be Real and Identify What’s Happened With Your Addiction

You have some specific reasons for the substance and alcohol misuse that has been a prolific part of your life for a long time, as mentioned in past blogs; those of us who have misused substancdiscussing addiction recoveryes to the point where it was life threatening were attempting to fill a void that was left for whatever reason. It could be neglect, abandonment, or abuse. The good news is that many people have been through your same experiences and have been at the same place that you are finding yourself now. Rest assured, with the right help from One40, you can get sober and remain in abstinence for long periods of time on your own and through self will power. You can be quite successful in this.

Trying to Tackle Your Addiction On Your Own…

If you’ve thought that this is an addiction that you can solve on your own, here is the reality: Inevitably the cracks will start to show, the behaviours you portrayed will creep in insidiously and there is a strong risk that you may slip back into old behaviours. There are a lot of people walking around who have chosen sobriety and abstinence as a way of life who have not got a grasp on the fact that addiction is an inside job, and refuse to address the issues that cause the behaviours. You may hear people refer to these individuals as “dry drunks” or “clean and crazy”. If you are lucky to have an intervention from your family, friends, or even drug services, it will be to the benefit of your abstinence and addiction recovery. What an intervention will enable you to do is address the issues with a qualified addiction professional. These are issues that have plagued you throughout your life and give you tools to help confront problems you will no doubt encounter in your continued abstinence. These tools and training that you receive help to make sure you keep your sobriety with your drug or alcohol addiction. This is not an easy task and is not a quick win. Consider this process to be slow. Like a marathon race.

Why You Need Professional Addiction Recovery Help

There are several benefits to admitting yourself and entering a drug addiction rehab. Some of these important reasons to consider are:
A. Detox your system of the toxins that are present due to excessive use of drugs and alcohol, enabling you to feel physically well. A detox is critical so that you don’t feel dependent and enabled to continue with your drug or alcohol addiction.
B. Spend time with others in recovery. At times when you feel alone and incapable of continuing in your journey of sobriety, the therapeutic value of the group will encourage you to believe that you are doing the right thing and although it may seem all doom and gloom now, that things will improve. Group support is a key part of your recovery.
C. Give you time to reflect with a trained therapist/counsellor and work on mending the things that were broken, specifically for you. Helping to identify triggers that cause the destructive behaviours and work on enabling you to be self-sufficient and responsible for your recovery.
D. Introduce you to the ever-successful 12 Step Fellowships that will continue to act as a support network to help with continuous reflection throughout your life both physically and spiritually.
We know that this isn’t fun and it’s often a painful experience. Sitting and reading about it isn’t going to make it go away. You need to be proactive and take action. One40 professionals are ready to help and are available 24 hours a day. There is not a better time to reach out than right this very second. Pick up the phone. What are you waiting for?!

Addiction Takes Another Young Life – Bobbie Kristina Brown

The world awoke this morning to the very sad news that Bobbie Kristina Brown, the daughter of singers Whitney Houston and Bobbi Brown had after 6 months in coma had tragically passed away.

Bobbie Kristina was 22 with her whole life ahead of her, but it was blighted by the unfortunate death of her mother Whitney in 2012. Bobbie Kristina found her mother who drowned in her bath due to heart complications due to excessive cocaine usage.

The incident which led to Bobbie Kristinas death was eerily similar to the death of her mother, she was found in a bath, unresponsive in January 2015 and has been unresponsive since.

Bobbie Kristina was a casualty of addiction, she was born into an extremely privileged world, the daughter of 2 hugely successful recording artists/actors who at the time of her birth appeared to be living the dream with all the trappings and luxuries that come with the height of fame that they were at consistently for years.

It all appeared well, but the reality was that Bobbie Kristinas parents were 2 hopeless, volatile co-dependant addicts, and although they loved her dearly, in the midst of crack cocaine addiction they spent more time and energy on maintaining their addiction and tearing each other apart that could have been better spent nurturing and being present for their only daughter. She appeared on a reality TV show as a child with her parents and witnessed her them fighting, swearing and appearing in court. Bobbie Kristina could have come from any stereotypical background in any part of the world who’s parents were in the grip of addiction, the only differences were that every moment of their lives were documented and she would never have gone hungry due to the caregivers spending all their money on drugs.

Just as I felt sadness and empathy on the morning I heard about Whitney Houstons death, like many mothers in recovery, we could identify with her struggles in addiction and were grateful that we had the facilities and the support network to help us to continue with the work that we do in order to repair the relationships that were damaged due to our addiction. This morning I woke up and read many articles regarding Bobbie Kristinas death, and I felt the same sadness, empathy and gratitude in the fact that I, along with many others, found a solution, and although it is an ongoing process and may take many years, and that my family have the awareness and support through a network of treatment and wellbeing facilities and 12 Step Programmes will hopefully never have to live with the trauma and torment that that young lady had to endure in her short life.