Thursday, March 1, 2012

The Scourge of Addiction

There is little doubt that addiction has become one of the biggest scourges of modern society.  There are many reasons for this, but the overriding fact is addiction is now one of the leading causes of societal problems as addicts act outside the norms and bring untold harm to themselves, their family, friends and relationships.  It is a real problem and one that must be dealt with as soon as possible on an individual basis before things spiral completely out of control.  Even then, recovery is possible.

Addictions break down into two distinct areas.  There are the physical addictions of nicotine, alcohol and opiates that are portrayed so frequently in the media.  In addition, people also struggle to free themselves from Methadone and Suboxone as well.  Finally, people also become addicts due to struggle with chronic pain issues where drugs are legitimately prescribed and become addicted.  Then there are what are known as behavioral addictions. As the name suggests, these addictions are tailored towards a particular type of behavior.  A classic example is someone who gets addicted to gambling, but this type of addiction can extend to anything from sex to eating to exercising excessively.

The biggest problem with addictions is that the addict is often unable to recognize the harm that their addiction is causing to them and those around them.  Addicts often miss important things such as their child’s birthdays without even realizing it so that they can participate in their addiction.  They abuse the people they are in relationships with due to their inconsistent and often aggressive conduct. Finances tend to fly off the handle and, overall, the addict’s life is simply one that is a huge mess that sticks to those around them as well.

The Coleman Institute is here for addicts and their impacted family and friends.  The ability to break an addiction is not something one person usually has.  While an addict can break an addiction on their own for perhaps a day, a week or even a few months in rare cases, they eventually return to it because they do not have the proper foundation to move beyond it.  At The Coleman Institute, we provide immediate help and build a foundation for long term success.  Contact us today to learn more about putting an end to the addiction in your life!

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