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Overcome addiction – 3 things you MUST have

Addiction affects 1 in ten people

In the best estimates of the experts (and from the information we’ve read), addiction affects between 8-14% of any population. So roughly one in 10 of us is addicted to SOMETHING.

Addiction Brain Science 101

In very simple scientific terms, the brains of addicts work differently. The pleasure center of the brain, the mesolimbic pathway, creates a self-perpetuating cycle which reinforces and rewards chemical patterns that produce euphoria. And if we can’t break out of this cycle, and give the brain a rest…we are on an infinite loop of pain —> consumption or behavior  —-> euphoria —-> pain.

We must stop an addictive circle and deal with the underlying reasons we use a substance or behavior before we can hope to get better. And recovery from a behavioral or chemical addiction can lead to a wonderful, joyous life. But there are three (3) things that MUST be in place before we begin this exploration.

1. You need to be ready for addiction recovery

Whatever it is you are facing, you need to be ready to leave it behind. You will know that you are ready when you are at the end of your rope and the chemical or behavior that you are into isn’t working anymore. When you just want out of the pain and hurt and consequences of the addiction. When you have hit bottom. If you have not finished, and obsess about the next time you will ______ , you are not ready.

2. You need to be honest

When you start on the path of recovery, you need to be ready to expose your deepest mistakes, miseries and embarrassments. If you hide or lie about either addictive behaviors, or the thoughts and feelings that motivate them…you only hurt yourself. 100% honesty is necessary in recovery from addiction.

3. You need to be courageous to stop addiction

Recovery is a self-study and as such, you will need to have the courage to look at your best and worst moments in life. Although you are not alone in your struggle (there are people who have been there, and who want to help you), you need to go through the valley of your own anger and fear. And this is no easy task. You will need courage and strength and perseverance. But most of all courage. And you will succeed.

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Overcoming addiction is possible

You can overcome an addiction – any addiction – if you are ready, honest, and courageous. And you are never alone. Please feel free to leave your feedback, story, questions or comments here. We respond to all needs with timeliness and empathy. You can do it!

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9 Responses to “Overcome addiction – 3 things you MUST have
12:56 pm May 20th, 2011

Spot on, though I was catapulted into being ready really. I suppose there are various degrees of readiness and what’s going on around us (in my case ending up in treatment to avoid consequences) can take us further along the readiness road.

Getting honest was the hardest thing…

5:44 am May 22nd, 2011

Thanks…I like the emphasis on courage. There is a quote that sums up a lot about courage. “Courage is action in the face of fear”. Thanks

12:27 am October 11th, 2011

I got game addiction, cursing addiction, porn addiction, eating addiction, acting addiction and completely faltering personality. I am like a falling building which no one can save ever.

6:57 pm May 20th, 2012

I feel tired and am now ready

11:42 am May 21st, 2012

Hello Katrina. Thanks for your message. I can totally relate. When things need to change in my life, I usually am at the total end of my rope. That’s when you can surrender, and ask for help.

Do you know what to do next? Have you thought about seeking help from a treatment center?

11:01 am December 7th, 2013

What commendable work you have done. You have really helped several people suffering from addiction; this informationtis very useful for them. Thanks for sharing this informative post.

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6:08 am January 26th, 2015

I am very interested in the various up and coming contributions in being able to re-wire the brain to combat opiate addiction. Who would I contact?
Thank you,

9:06 am June 19th, 2015

I am a christian and I am sooo tired of the drug crack. I’ve prayed and asked God to please take this from me. But I’m still doing it. I don’t want to but then again I want to. I need help. Send me some pointers that might help me please. Tell me what scriptures to read and meditate on. Please help me!!!!!!!

2:04 pm February 12th, 2017

Im ready to stop smoking but im so scared of the results. I have so much anger, fear and uncertainty that im afraid once exposed it will kill me. Ive overcome other addictions but this time its different. I know the root of my anger and fears. Dealing with them naked leaves me terrified. Im in cousleing but i have no family/friend support system i can really trust at the moment.

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