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Overcoming Addiction

There are a number of symptoms of addictions and types of addictions people can have. While not all addictions can be fatal, most adversely affect family life, social relationships, and the working environment.

It’s difficult to face addiction alone because cravings and impulses are too difficult to control. Sometimes denial gets in the way of admitting that there even is a problem, making overcoming addiction seem unattainable.

Each type of addiction to illegal substances or compulsive behaviors require special treatment and TAP can help you choose the treatment solution best for you or your loved one.

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How to Overcome Addiction

Addiction and Its Symptoms

With the right help and the proper tools just about everyone has the ability to learn how to overcome addiction. If you are grappling with daily struggles in your life and constantly turn to addictive behavior to lessen or escape the pain of reality, know that healing is within your grasp.

Addiction is gradually progressive. It is an enduring disease affected by a variety of factors that impact the development of the addiction, quickly manifesting into a destructive and unhealthy cycle. These factors include genetic and psychosocial elements. Overcoming addiction can also be easily influenced by a person’s environment and social connections.

Many addictions can prove to be fatal or can cause a person to behave in a way that their judgment is impaired, putting them in harm’s way. An addicted person can’t seem to get control over their own actions and succumb to the substance or behavior. They often live in a world all their own.

The addict thinks constantly about the substance or behavior even while realizing that there are consequences that they have to suffer for their actions. They can feel shamed or uncomfortable about what they’re about to ingest or what they’re about to do, but do it anyway. A feeling of hopelessness is common for addicts, as well as depression. A what’s-the-use attitude takes hold, maybe compounded with feelings of failure and guilt.

Addicts go into a state of denial and justify or minimize their behavior as a way to not feel so bad about themselves. Oftentimes addicts don’t realize that their behavior is unacceptable or out of control. Denial plays an important role in keeping the addict from learning how to overcome addiction.

Blaming is also a way for the addict to keep from being responsible for their own behavior. They blame other people or outward circumstances for their addiction. They also blame other people, especially those close to them, for many of their unhappy problems in life.

People can be addicted to substances like alcohol, smoking, or illegal, prescription or over-the-counter drugs, and actions like sex, gambling, or anorexia. There are obvious symptoms of addictions and more than one of these signs can appear. More symptoms can indicate a very serious problem.

Statistically, the three most common types of addiction are alcohol dependence, drug abuse, and obsessive/compulsive behaviors. A professional should be consulted to confirm that a person actually has an addiction.

Common Types of Substances Abused

• Alcoholic beverages
• Tobacco products
• Prescription and over-the-counter drugs
• Cocaine
• Marijuana
• Inhalants
• Amphetamines, including methamphetamine
• Illicit drugs, like PCP

With behavioral addictions, or obsessive/compulsive behavior, certain types of behaviors can’t be resisted. These include the following:

• Food
• Sex, including pornography
• Computers, primarily Internet usage
• Video gaming
• Spiritual or religious obsession
• Work
• Exercise
• Pain, including cutting or seeking pain from others
• Shopping

Impulse Control Disorders are considered types of addictive impulses. These include aggressive and violent assaults against the self or others, gambling, pyromania (the urge to set fires), and kleptomania (the urge to steal.)

A way to tell that an activity has been taken over by a cycle of devastating addiction is that it doesn’t bring lasting or internal satisfaction, and the overindulgence in addictive behavior negatively affects daily life.

Symptoms of Addictions & Addictive Behavior

• Constantly thinking about the addictive substance or behavior
• Increasing the quantity of the chemical or frequency of the behavior than first anticipated
• Developing a tolerance which requires greater use of the substance or higher frequency of the behavior
• Having withdrawal symptoms, like various levels of nausea, irritability, shakiness, or anxiety, when not using the substance or performing the behavior
• The need to use the addictive substance or partake in the behavior to control any withdrawal
• Constantly trying to overcome addiction by stopping or reducing the addictive substance or behavior but failing to do so
• Using the addictive substance or behavior at unsuitable times, as in being high at work
• Using the addictive substance or behavior to the point where daily normal activity is interrupted, as in not being able to pay bills because of compulsive spending
• Missing out on nearly all other activities to use addictive substances or act on addictive behavior
• Continual abuse despite the negative impact on social relationships, and physical or emotional difficulties

Continual abuse is the most common symptom. Cravings and compulsions plague the addict and make it extremely difficult to resist. The more an addiction is resisted, the desire for it is substantially increased and more of it is required to get the same high as the first time ever used. This makes tolerance go higher and it takes more and more of the substance or behavior for the addict to feel satisfied.

Addiction Affects More than the Addict

Another symptom is the detrimental effect addictions have on work performance, all social relationships including those with family, and on the physical body. Psychological effects have serious ramifications. A person’s self-esteem, self-identity, mood, and clarity all suffer the effects of addiction and can be adversely affected.

There isn’t a way to determine who will become a drug addict or a person with addictive behavior. The chances of become an addict increase when one or two parents are addicts, but that doesn’t mean that their children will succumb to the addiction.

Also, two parents might not have any addictions, yet their children can become addicts through social connections or what the child sees as innocent experimentation. They can also become an addict through the passive addiction or behavior of the parent, who may be acting like an addict based on their upbringing by the previous generation.

Overcoming addiction has a greater opportunity for success when a person who chooses to overcome an addiction seeks help. There are a number of excellent resources available, and there are just as many tools that therapists use in treatment depending on the degree of the disease and type of addiction. Armed with knowledge and motivation, a person can soon be on the road to recovery and overcoming addiction.

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“2 years ago I was a mess. I was living in Vegas where I spent all of my time gambling and drinking. I had lost everything and I didn’t think I had anywhere to go or that anyone really cared anyway.

One day, I was at the casino and someone mentioned how TAP had helped them so I figured I would give them a chance. I called and what I got surprised even me. I got a personalized treatment program that got me on the track to recovery.

They helped both my alcoholism as well as my gambling addiction and I am proud to say that I have not been in a casino or had a drink since I entered the program. I finally have my life back thanks to TAP.”K,S. WY, LAS VEGAS, NV

How to Overcome Addiction

Overcoming Addiction

There are a number of symptoms of addictions and types of addictions people can have. While not all addictions can be fatal, most adversely affect family life, social relationships, and the working environment.

It’s difficult to face addiction alone because cravings and impulses are too difficult to control. Sometimes denial gets in the way of admitting that there even is a problem, making overcoming addiction seem unattainable.

Each type of addiction to illegal substances or compulsive behaviors require special treatment and TAP can help you choose the treatment solution best for you or your loved one.

With the right help and the proper tools just about everyone has the ability to learn how to overcome addiction. If you are grappling with daily struggles in your life and constantly turn to addictive behavior to lessen or escape the pain of reality, know that healing is within your grasp.

Addiction is gradually progressive. It is an enduring disease affected by a variety of factors that impact the development of the addiction, quickly manifesting into a destructive and unhealthy cycle. These factors include genetic and psychosocial elements. Overcoming addiction can also be easily influenced by a person’s environment and social connections.

Many addictions can prove to be fatal or can cause a person to behave in a way that their judgment is impaired, putting them in harm’s way. An addicted person can’t seem to get control over their own actions and succumb to the substance or behavior. They often live in a world all their own.

The addict thinks constantly about the substance or behavior even while realizing that there are consequences that they have to suffer for their actions. They can feel shamed or uncomfortable about what they’re about to ingest or what they’re about to do, but do it anyway. A feeling of hopelessness is common for addicts, as well as depression. A what’s-the-use attitude takes hold, maybe compounded with feelings of failure and guilt.

Addicts go into a state of denial and justify or minimize their behavior as a way to not feel so bad about themselves. Oftentimes addicts don’t realize that their behavior is unacceptable or out of control. Denial plays an important role in keeping the addict from learning how to overcome addiction.

Blaming is also a way for the addict to keep from being responsible for their own behavior. They blame other people or outward circumstances for their addiction. They also blame other people, especially those close to them, for many of their unhappy problems in life.

People can be addicted to substances like alcohol, smoking, or illegal, prescription or over-the-counter drugs, and actions like sex, gambling, or anorexia. There are obvious symptoms of addictions and more than one of these signs can appear. More symptoms can indicate a very serious problem.

Statistically, the three most common types of addiction are alcohol dependence, drug abuse, and obsessive/compulsive behaviors. A professional should be consulted to confirm that a person actually has an addiction.

• Alcoholic beverages
• Tobacco products
• Prescription and over-the-counter drugs
• Cocaine
• Marijuana
• Inhalants
• Amphetamines, including methamphetamine
• Illicit drugs, like PCP

With behavioral addictions, or obsessive/compulsive behavior, certain types of behaviors can’t be resisted. These include the following:

• Food
• Sex, including pornography
• Computers, primarily Internet usage
• Video gaming
• Spiritual or religious obsession
• Work
• Exercise
• Pain, including cutting or seeking pain from others
• Shopping

Impulse Control Disorders are considered types of addictive impulses. These include aggressive and violent assaults against the self or others, gambling, pyromania (the urge to set fires), and kleptomania (the urge to steal.)

A way to tell that an activity has been taken over by a cycle of devastating addiction is that it doesn’t bring lasting or internal satisfaction, and the overindulgence in addictive behavior negatively affects daily life.

Symptoms of Addictions & Addictive Behavior

• Constantly thinking about the addictive substance or behavior
• Increasing the quantity of the chemical or frequency of the behavior than first anticipated
• Developing a tolerance which requires greater use of the substance or higher frequency of the behavior
• Having withdrawal symptoms, like various levels of nausea, irritability, shakiness, or anxiety, when not using the substance or performing the behavior
• The need to use the addictive substance or partake in the behavior to control any withdrawal
• Constantly trying to overcome addiction by stopping or reducing the addictive substance or behavior but failing to do so
• Using the addictive substance or behavior at unsuitable times, as in being high at work
• Using the addictive substance or behavior to the point where daily normal activity is interrupted, as in not being able to pay bills because of compulsive spending
• Missing out on nearly all other activities to use addictive substances or act on addictive behavior
• Continual abuse despite the negative impact on social relationships, and physical or emotional difficulties

Continual abuse is the most common symptom. Cravings and compulsions plague the addict and make it extremely difficult to resist. The more an addiction is resisted, the desire for it is substantially increased and more of it is required to get the same high as the first time ever used. This makes tolerance go higher and it takes more and more of the substance or behavior for the addict to feel satisfied.

Another symptom is the detrimental effect addictions have on work performance, all social relationships including those with family, and on the physical body. Psychological effects have serious ramifications. A person’s self-esteem, self-identity, mood, and clarity all suffer the effects of addiction and can be adversely affected.

There isn’t a way to determine who will become a drug addict or a person with addictive behavior. The chances of become an addict increase when one or two parents are addicts, but that doesn’t mean that their children will succumb to the addiction.

Also, two parents might not have any addictions, yet their children can become addicts through social connections or what the child sees as innocent experimentation. They can also become an addict through the passive addiction or behavior of the parent, who may be acting like an addict based on their upbringing by the previous generation.

Overcoming addiction has a greater opportunity for success when a person who chooses to overcome an addiction seeks help. There are a number of excellent resources available, and there are just as many tools that therapists use in treatment depending on the degree of the disease and type of addiction. Armed with knowledge and motivation, a person can soon be on the road to recovery and overcoming addiction.

“2 years ago I was a mess. I was living in Vegas where I spent all of my time gambling and drinking. I had lost everything and I didn’t think I had anywhere to go or that anyone really cared anyway.

One day, I was at the casino and someone mentioned how TAP had helped them so I figured I would give them a chance. I called and what I got surprised even me. I got a personalized treatment program that got me on the track to recovery.

They helped both my alcoholism as well as my gambling addiction and I am proud to say that I have not been in a casino or had a drink since I entered the program. I finally have my life back thanks to TAP.”K,S. WY, LAS VEGAS, NV

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