Mental health, emotional wellbeing & personal development

How to Overcome Addiction Recovery Avoidance and Get Help 

How to Overcome Addiction Recovery Avoidance and Get Help 

Life takes us in unexpected directions, and for some people, this can result in one of many kinds of addiction. Some are lucky to have the support and understanding of loved ones, and a readily available support structure to help them through. For others, their concerns are not met with such levels of care, and they can slip through the safety net, leading to a lack of recovery.  

 

This article focuses on the many occasions in which people refuse help, and how this can be overcome. Here are presented some points of discussion about the avoidance of recovery, and ways to help people embrace change and wellness after a period of despondency. 

 

Addictions Grip 

 

Whenever someone is addicted, be that to alcohol, to a substance or a psychological habit, they are in the grip of that addiction. People may offer all kinds of help to a person who is fighting addiction, but they need to keep in mind that part of that person is not present due to their addiction. That is why a good treatment center not only offers an accurate diagnosis but also work on making sure addiction is gone for good. The overwhelming power of addiction could pull one back, particularly without proper support. That support is to be found with the experts who truly understand the tricks the mind can play while under the spell of an addiction.  

 

Offer Support, not Judgement 

 

If you want to offer your support to someone suffering from addiction, be careful not to be judgmental. Make sure not to allow emotions to accumulate negatively, and to express and communicate with the person you care for genuinely. Here are some points to consider while communicating with a person who you care for, who is suffering an addiction: 

 

  • Make sure not to pressure them. There are many reasons why they are going through what they are going through, and you do not want to be part of these reasons. Try to communicate genuinely, thoughtfully and compassionately instead. 
  • Keep the bridges active. Sometimes people fall away with time, especially if they’re in the throes of addiction. Make sure to keep contact and exchange as viable and frequent as possible.  
  • Help them move to a better environment. Sometimes, a change in the living conditions of an addicted individual can be just what’s needed to see them into a healthier lifestyle and a new mindset.  

 

Stigma is a Hinderance, not a Help 

 

If you have an issue that is serious and you need help, it can often be the unfortunate truth that you feel socially awkward revealing your problem. That’s because of social stigma. This happens in the realm of mental health all the time, and it’s no different in the field of addiction. People simply don’t want to be known as an addict – even as an ex-addict.  

Addicts need to admit to themselves that they are addicted. It’s a recognized part of the recovery process. If they’re avoiding recovery, it means they have not reached this conclusion. Stigma does nothing to help in this scenario, so overcoming that is a path to overcoming recovery avoidance. 

 

Mandy X