When someone has been struggling with addiction issues, they will generally have become distanced from loved ones and more interested in new people associated with their substance abuse. This can not only lead to damage to close personal relationships but also to someone fighting addiction being “enabled” to continue.
Dependency can be reliance on a substance, activity or person where an individual treats something or someone as more important than themselves.
Addiction and mental illness often go hand-in-hand. However, it is not always clear which condition preceded the other and each individual patient is different in this respect. Nevertheless, the fact remains that the majority of people with drug or alcohol addiction disease are also suffering with another mental disorder such as depression or anxiety. These cases are known as ‘dual-diagnosis’ and it is absolutely crucial to identify both conditions and treat them separately in order to heal them.
We all accept that addiction is a chronic disease and that a commitment to recovery is for life. When you’re on a journey of recovery from addiction, you’ll be called upon to replace your old bad habits that kept you addicted with new, healthier habits that can seriously assist your recovery process.
In the early days, months, and even years of recovery from addiction, there is a time of readjustment to live without alcohol or drugs. Maintaining sobriety can be every bit as challenging as achieving it in the first place and illustrates just how the journey to recovery is a lifetime commitment.