Addiction is a dark and lonely place and the barriers that hinder it are plentiful. It is easy to fall prey to it but you play hell trying to get out. Overcoming an addiction is never going to be anything short of difficult because it grabs ahold of people when they are weak and broken and it lies to them, promising everything will be just fine. The process is swift and before long life is fast forwarded to an ugly quest for survival.
The good news is that there is a way out. It won’t be easy, it will take a lot of hard work, and it will be a long process but with some solid support it can be done. The barriers that attempt to hinder addiction are ever-present. They will not allow themselves to be ignored but they can be managed and avoided.
The first barrier is fear and most people that are in the realms of addiction are scared to death. They are afraid people will find out about their addiction, afraid they will let their loved ones down, afraid of a failing relationship and the list goes on. Here’s the thing, fear is not a good motivator. All fear does is stand in the way of the truth. The fears must be conquered in order to embrace change.
Another barrier is denying that a problem exists. No one has ever overcome an addiction by denying it exists. You can’t fix something that isn’t there. Not only must a person admit that they have a problem they must also understand its full consequences. There is not one addiction that does not have a grave impact on those closest to the addict. It is essential that an addicted individual thoroughly understand the full implications of their actions.
Support is mandatory for change. When an addicted individual is about to journey into recovery they need a whole network of people who can support and encourage them. The support network can come from people that are family, friends, 12 Step meetings, or church members. This support can even be via the Internet if necessary.
Once someone has decided to make a change, it is necessary for them to distance themselves from the people and places that remind them of drug use. Triggers are a killer for someone in recovery. Triggers can be people, places, songs, foods, and more. Some triggers are obvious but others a person may have less control over. Triggers can affect the mind and the body. Triggers that cannot be avoided must be managed with the tools that were learned in treatment.
Those in recovery frequently come across barriers that test their ability to advance efficiently with life and to preserve their recovery. Once these barriers are addressed and an individual fully understands that recovery is a lifelong process they can begin to manage life's daily stresses and create plans to handle the trials that arise.