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Who Needs Addiction Treatment?

It can be difficult for those who are dealing with alcohol or drug problems in Lincolnshire to admit that they are in trouble. This means that the person who could really benefit from some type of addiction treatment will feel resistant to even the suggestion to it. This person is not usually being deceitful when they say that they do not need help – this is the truth as they see it. The problem is that addiction drags people into a way of thinking that prevents them from seeing the reality of their situation. The individual becomes caught up in denial and fallacious thinking. There will be times, though, when the person is able to see the reality of their situation, and if action is taken at such times the individual can recover. It is also possible to help the person to see beyond their denial, but this usually requires the help of a trained professional.

If you or somebody you know is dealing with addiction, you can call us here on 0800 140 4824 to find out about the resources available for overcoming this problem in Lincolnshire.

Resistance to Addiction Recovery

  • There are a number of common reasons for why people will feel resistant to addiction recovery, such as:
  • · The individual is still caught up in denial, and they are unable to accept the reality of their situation.
  • · The person is able to see that alcohol or drugs is making their life miserable now, but they may believe that things are going to improve in the future – they never do.
  • · The individual may believe that they have plenty of time to deal with their substance abuse problems. This sense of having time on their side is an illusion, as the person is just prolonging their suffering and putting their life at risk by continuing with the behaviour.
  • · The person may believe that the life of an addict is all that they deserve. This type of thinking occurs because their self-esteem has been damaged by the substance abuse.
  • · The individual may be convinced that they do not have the strength to break away from addiction. This reduction to their self-efficacy is also due to the addiction process.
  • · The person may be convinced that they will be able to deal with their own problems without any outside interference. The reality is that this person has probably tried many times already to quit their addiction without help, but they still remain in the same situation.
  • · The individual may have many misconceptions about life in recovery. They may say things like “sober living is boring” or “all the interesting people use alcohol and drugs.” This type of reasoning is due to cognitive dissonance. The individual fears that they will never be able to become sober, so they console themselves with the idea that sober living would not be much fun any way.

Overcoming Resistance to Addiction Recovery

There are a number of options when it comes to overcoming the resistance to recovery, such as:

  • · There will be times when the individual is able to see beyond their denial.
    This is a good opportunity to seek help.
  • · By learning more about the downward spiral of addiction, the person can find out that the good times will never return.
  • · A therapist can help the individual see the reality of their situation. They can also build up the person’s self-efficacy through motivational interviewing. This professional will also be able to help the person overcome the misconceptions they might have about recovery.

If you are still not sure if you need addiction treatment and you live in the Lincolnshire area, we will be happy to discuss your situation with you. You will not be obligated to do anything just because you gave us a call. Just lift the phone and dial or simply text the word “help” to 66777 and we will phone you right back.

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