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Are You Trying to Deal with an Addiction Problem in Northumberland?

When people first begin to suspect that they have developed an addiction problem, they will usually first try to sort things out for themselves. Some people do seem to be able to escape this type of condition without the need for much help, but this is certainly not the case for most people. If you have been trying to deal with your addiction problems alone but are struggling to quit, this is a sign that you need some help. We will be happy to discuss the options available for this in the Northumberland area, so call us now on 0800 140 4824 to find out more.

Good Reasons Not to Go It Alone in Recovery

One of the dangers with going it alone in recovery is that the individual can get caught in a loop of quitting and relapsing. This is a highly destructive pattern because it can mean that every time the individual fails in their attempt to quit it lowers their self-efficacy to quit in the future. The term “self efficacy” is used by psychologists as a fancy way of saying the person’s belief in their own ability to do something. The lower the person’s self-efficacy, the less likely they will be to achieve a goal. This is because if the individual does not believe that they can do something it will be highly unlikely that they will be able to do it. This is because when people believe they are going to fail, they are not going to put much effort into achieving their goal. This is what happens when people keep on failing to quit addiction – it damages their belief in their own ability so that they may be less likely to succeed next time. By getting addiction treatment help, the individual can have their self-efficacy increased – thus making it more likely that they will succeed.

Here are just some of other good reasons not to go it alone in recovery:

  • · When it comes to breaking away from addiction the problem is not so much stopping, but in staying stopped. Most substance abusers will be able to give up alcohol or drugs for a few weeks or months if they have a good enough reason to, but they are unable to maintain this indefinitely. This means that whatever gains they make because of being sober are quickly lost as they ease back into addiction. In order to make a final break from addiction, it will often be necessary for the individual to get some type of help.
  • · Giving up alcohol or drugs is usually not enough to ensure a comfortable life in recovery. The problem is that the reasons for why the person fell into addiction in the first place are likely to be still there when they become sober. This means that they will later use these reasons to relapse or turn to other maladaptive behaviours. Even if the person manages to stay sober, the fact that they are back where they started will mean that life is uncomfortable. The aim of addiction treatment is not to bring the person back to square one, but to a new and better way of living.
  • · When the individual gets help for their addiction, it does not mean that they are weak – it means the opposite. The help that the person gets will empower them, so that they are better able to deal with their own addiction problem. All the most successful people in the world got to where they were because they were able to ask for help when they needed it.

If you are ready to consider addiction treatment, we will be able to describe what is available in Northumberland (as well as elsewhere in the UK and beyond). Call us now, or just text the word “help” to 66777 and wait for us to call you back.

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