Addiction can often open wide chasms in our relationships
If using prescriptions or other drugs and alcohol have become a problem, it’s worth checking out how bad the problem is. It’s like eating chocolate or drinking Coke.
At one end, is the occasionally pleasure of eating chocolate or drinking a Coke.
At the other end, is the pain of bingeing on two pounds of chocolate and drinking 25 Cokes a day.
The eating of chocolate and drinking Coke has moved from pleasure to pain. It’s the same for drugs and alcohol. But how do I know if I have moved to the ‘pain zone’? The answer is unique to each person. But there are common signs, and you can take a valid and reliable test. Consider going to any of the websites listed below and taking a simple test. A professional can help you put the results into perspective which would allow you to see whether the problem requires help and change. Change is difficult for all of us. Taking a test and reviewing the results may provide the motivation to change. Take a chance and take a test. A person who doesn’t take a chance – never had a chance.
At Promises Healthcare we are committed to helping you on a journey to recovery. To discover a life away for the addiction and to find renewed hope. Please contact our clinicif you have any inquiries or if you wish to have a consultation.
It is common to have more than one addiction. Many compulsive drinkers tend to be heavy smokers and coffee drinkers. Compulsive drinkers may also drink to bolster their courage that allow them to be the “life of the party” where they can be hooked into engaging in risky sexual behaviours and onto paid sex as well.
Drug users often abuse a variety of drugs. This may include alcohol, cigarettes or drugs. The use of drugs produces a pleasurable effect and when coupled with other substances or behaviours (e.g Sex, Gambling) – it creates a stronger pleasurable effect in which experts believe affect the reward centers in the brain. Casinos have long figured out that offering alcohol (officially) and paid sex (unofficially) is good for enhancing and maintaining gambling behaviour. This creates a destructive pattern that results in a downward spiral where one’s finances begin to dry up. Relationships begin to fracture and life descends into chaos.
If this is becoming a pattern in your life, professional addictions counseling can offer recovery solutions that are effective for individuals who are using multiple substances and behaviors. These solutions to addictions can work together and support each other. Break the vicious cycle today and live free from addictions.
At Promises Healthcare, we are committed to helping you through your journey to recovery. Discover a new life, away from addiction and find renewed hope. Please contact our clinic or inquiries and consultations.
If you have compelling, irresistible cravings to drink, smoke, use drugs and gamble, which leads to behaviors that is destructive to yourself and others, you can seek help from a professional counselor for addiction treatment.
They can offer you tools and techniques to deal with urges and cravings. One powerful practice that has been shown by several studies to reduce urges and cravings is mindfulness. Mindfulness allows you to control your cravings by noticing in the moment what is arising in your thoughts, emotions and body. By being in the moment with your cravings and not being subsumed by them or reacting to them, the craving will fade away. Do you have difficulties in controlling your urges and cravings? Do you feel that you have no control over your life and that the cravings are controlling you?
At Promises, we have skilled, compassionate counsellors that can help you overcome your cravings through the practice of mindfulness and various techniques. At Promises Healthcare, we are committed to helping you through your journey to recovery.
Discover a new life, away from addiction and find renewed hope. Please contact our clinic for inquiries and consultations.