You know it's not working, but you can't seem to stop. You try to control it, but it always gets away from you. Addictions have a way of sneaking up on us. You might have an addiction to substances like alcohol or other drugs, or a process addiction like gambling, shopping, eating, pornography, sex, or gaming. Many people deal with several different addictions. Some addictions are especially hard to cope with because companies spend a tremendous amount of time and money trying to get and keep you hooked. If you can’t cut back, you may have habits you need to give up altogether. Some signs that you’re dealing with an addiction are:
- You feel irritable, anxious, or uncomfortable when you’re not engaging in the activity.
- You continue to engage in the activity despite negative consequences.
- You engage in the activity for longer than planned.
- You lie to cover up your activity.
- You experience failed attempts to stop or cut back.
- You neglect work, school, or relationships because of the activity.
- You don’t get the same pleasure from the activity that you used to, and/or you need to increase the intensity to get the same effect.
- You engage in the activity in risky situations (e.g., during work hours, while driving).
- You spend a tremendous amount of time thinking about, planning, engaging in, and recovering from the activity (i.e., lost sleep, financial difficulty).
When you achieve recovery from addiction, you experience improvement in your physical, psychological, social, and spiritual well-being. People recover from addictions every day. It's sometimes a long journey with many false starts, but with proper support and education, you and your family can heal. Call us to learn how White Willow Counseling & Recovery Center can help.