Addiction has a powerful effect on the user and his or her loved ones. The lucky ones will catch the problem early, have it treated, and go on to live successful lives. But many, if not most, addicts will live in a state of denial for many years. They don’t want to admit they have a problem, even when it’s obvious to everyone around them. In fact, it is not until something drastic happens, such as a car accident, job loss, failed relationship, or life-threatening health condition, that an addict may admit to a serious substance abuse problem. For example, myaddiction.com cites research suggesting that alcohol is involved in one-third of all traffic accidents. Fortunately, recovery is possible for those who are willing to go through a professional detox and rehab program, usually supported by loved ones and family members. However, this opportunity for recovery may be jeopardized if the following obstacles are not addressed:
Obstacles to Recovery: Blaming Others
Some addicts refuse to accept responsibility for their addiction. They blame spouses, bosses, and parents, among others, to avoid admitting their role in the problem. If this continues during recovery, the chance of success is slim. An addict must be willing to admit a problem with substance addiction. It is only then that recovery can truly begin.
Circumstances and routine play a big role in substance abuse. Often, the people the addict associates with and the activities in which he or she engages involve alcohol or drugs. Being around other users increases the likelihood that the addict will resume or continue the abuse.
Failure to Make Lifestyle Changes
Typically, there are triggers that may fuel an addict’s use of substances. It may be a childhood memory, a difficult relationship, or an emotional issue like depression. Until these issues are addressed and the addict changes lifestyle conditions, like finding a different job or ending a bad relationship, the substance abuse will probably continue. The addict should be willing to change his or her life in positive ways.
Inability to Stick With Commitment
Keeping a promise can be difficult, all the more so for addicts. A support system is essential for helping and guiding a recovering addict to maintain a new lifestyle and commitment not to abuse drugs or alcohol. Recovery is more than a process. It is a life-long commitment to change harmful behavior by maintaining a series of positive behaviors.