If you are experiencing difficulty with frequent or constant use of alcohol or drugs, gambling, shopping, to name a few, even when it is causing you harm you are likely struggling with an addiction.
Addiction has been described as a disease of the mind, body and spirit because it is a physical and psychological experience that involves compulsive behaviors. Individuals who have a family history of addiction are at much greater risk of developing an addiction themselves when compared to the general public/population.
Please know that support is available. If you or a loved one is struggling, please reach out and I will help get you to the appropriate place for help.
To the Family Members
Addiction is a family disease and not only affects the addicted person, but also acts as a culprit for loved ones to become highly codependent. I love the phrase, “I take her temperature to take my own”. When our own happiness depends on whether or not our loved ones are “using” we are likely to be on high alert as to our loved one’s behavior. This is a tricky place to be because it takes the focus off us and places it on our loved one – whom we cannot control. When we focus on things we cannot control we are on a merry go round that is difficult to get off. Once we put the focus back on our own lives and learn to let go of that we can’t control, our suffering subsides and we begin the amazing journey of growth.