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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Addiction Recovery: It begins with loving yourself

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If you or someone you love is currently suffering from addiction, you need all the support you can get. There are many support groups throughout South Carolina and elsewhere that can help you and your loved ones through this difficult time. See:
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS
803-534-4682
590 Louis Street
Orangeburg, SC 29115

NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS
803-254-6262
Columbia, SC 29201

In many cases, addicts are not just born, but in some cases, they are made. Childhood trauma often results in a wounded person that looks for ways to soothe their pain through self medication via illegal and prescription substances. As family members, we may not be aware of what pain is being masked behind the addiction our loved one is struggling with. Families often times are oblivious to the various wounds, the severity of the wound or even the cause of it.

Addicts have to fight through the addiction, feel empowered and most importantly remember to love themselves. It may seem a cliché of sorts, however, childhood trauma often results in self loathing, inappropriate guilt, and a life long feeling of helplessness and anger. Anger often is hate turned inward. Knowing where the root cause stems from in the addict in your family can make a huge difference in not only how you see your loved one, but how you deal with them and their addiction. Depression, repression, guilt, helplessness, are all the fruits of trauma and all feed addiction.

Remind the addict why they are loved so much and that what they may perceive as a lack of love, is the greatest act of love you can give. Treatment is the only answer. Showing an addict love is not done through co dependency, so if you are their enabler, your love is lethal. Show your addicted love one love through hearing their pain, acknowledgment, and offering treatment help. If you are a co dependent, get help for yourself as soon as possible. Most family members, and friends do not have the right tools they need to be the right source of help to an addict.

If you’re suffering from drug addiction or alcoholism, there are drug and alcohol addiction support groups that can help you NOW. Your addiction is taking over your life, perhaps hurting the people closest to you as well as yourself. You can feel its power over you, and you know it’s time to break this bond, but you don’t know how. Recovery Connection is here to help you – call 1-800-993-3869 and get help now!
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