A person with addiction problems, In the early stages of it, can not see it as such. Therefore, he does not realize the need to seek advice, restraint and help. You may feel frustration, helplessness, confusion, hopelessness, but there is still no command of help or intention to change because there is no awareness of the problem or perception of the risks that this may entail.
Once the addict is able to make visible and recognize that there is a problem, and accept that they need help, it is very important to start and go through a complex path of healing to stop it. harmful behavior, among others …
Below we will see what is the logic of consumption behind addictions, why it is good to ask for help to get out of it as soon as possible, And where to start.
Reasons to seek help with addictions
Below you can see why proper withdrawal from substance use is necessary to get out of the serious problem of addiction.
1. Stop using is the start
When they stop using, they start to go through the different situations of everyday life in a new way, with the reactivation of their own resources and without requiring the use of substances. this is essential genuinely engage in specialized treatment, Which begins with stopping consumption (detoxification and detoxification stage) and continues with the construction of healthy lifestyles, the development of personal growth projects, the improvement of ways of connecting with others, of new ways of resolving intra and interpersonal conflicts.
2. Protective factors are identified
In a treatment specializing in addictions, he works on the strengthening of potentialities and capacities. For example, it will be important to observe and improve whether the person has the ability to make decisions, to control his emotions and impulses, to self-observe (get to know himself better and better). In addition, it improves self-esteem, and the presence of support networks that accompany this person and the motivation to study and / or work are also other valuable protective factors.
In this way the person he tries to build knowledge of his discomfort with therapy, To be able to limit compulsive and repetitive behaviors and to understand the possible meanings and functions of your addiction.
In general, the main protective factor is within the person and lies in the awareness of his problem and the resulting predisposition to generate changes and improve his quality of life.
3. The risk factors are visible
It is important to identify unique risk factors and vulnerabilities. He studies personal and social aspects, placing consumption in individual and family history.
Thus, unlike protective factors, lack of support and restraint from family, Friends and institutions, lack of motivation, anhedonia and abulia, and above all, ignorance of the health problem are important risk factors.
4. Changes are happening
are experienced changes in action, thought and feeling, thus certain crises can be lived as long as these changes produce contradictions or a feeling of strangeness during the implementation of new own resources and very different from the places in place during a period of consumption. Therefore, these critical moments can be regarded as their own and inherent in this stage and in expected and necessary ends.
Probably before treatment, it was common to escape or calm anxiety, anger, sadness, loneliness, fears, shame, helplessness (among other feelings, emotions and problems of daily life) with substance use, interpreting it as an exit, shelter or support for escape or forget an unbearable situation.
5. New resources are created
During treatment, in front of painful sensations or conflicts, new resources are built and implemented, Which should continue to grow and strengthen after treatment.
An example is conflict resolution by the word, perhaps something unthinkable in a consumer situation, where the act (usually violent, towards others and / or towards oneself) has replaced the word.
Other examples are: integrating health and body care habits, such as healthy eating and physical activity, promoting spaces for listening and family dialogue, putting into words what was previously silent and sick, undertaking, train and seek personal growth with self-care practices.