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Addiction and an Underdog Mentality

Addiction and an Underdog Mentality

Many addicts believe the odds are against them when it comes to recovery

Progressive opium abuse can lead both to tolerance and dependence, which are problems that make it excruciating for addicts to quit. In short, the results of opium addiction can be devastating, such as job loss, financial issues, health problems, relationship struggles and even the possibility of death. Although many of these consequences can be reversed with treatment and enough time, the lasting effects of addiction and opium itself can cause depression, isolation and mood swings. When an addict is already suffering from these side effects and then tries to look at a positive future, he may feel too defeated and overwhelmed to begin achieving these goals.

It is not a secret that addiction recovery is a life-long process that requires constant attention and adjustment. Addicts must create different lifestyles and incorporate numerous other changes into their lives to succeed in recovery, but many of them end up believing that all of these changes are simply too much to undergo. In fact, they may feel extremely discouraged, that they are the underdog in an impossible fight. Despite how one views the road to recovery, many people have succeeded, and they, too, were the underdog. You can recover with the right mindset and help.

Addiction and Perspective

Many addicts feel discouraged when they think about the steps and changes they must make both to achieve and maintain sobriety. Because of their current situation—whether it be legal issues, relationship problems or even health complications—many addicts are unable to see the future beyond the next time they will use drugs. Mentality and perspective play a huge role in completing treatment and integrating recovery principles into daily life, so drug addicts can overcome their underdog complex and achieve their goals of sobriety if they heed the following advice:

  • Seek treatment
  • Repair what addiction destroyed
  • Surround yourself with people who support sobriety

Opium addiction has a way of creating unthinkable situations and forcing people to act in ways they once deemed inappropriate. These problems can obliterate one’s self-confidence and make her lose hope that her future will ever be any better. However, when an addict is in treatment, the fog of addiction is lifted, which means she can start to see how her past behaviors caused her current condition. She will then address these behaviors and learn new coping mechanisms to rebuild her confidence and to secure a solid foundation for her recovery. In other words, with clarity of thought, addicts can identify the problems that led to constant drug abuse.

Treatment can also help someone look at the positives of life rather than the negatives. This mindset can be tremendously important for someone who has an underdog mentality in addiction recovery. Because addiction does not discriminate, even those who hold prominent positions at work or who are important figures in society can experience the wrath of addiction. The people who seem to win at everything could be experiencing addiction just as someone who lost his job, but both of them have the same chances of achieving and maintaining sobriety.

Addiction often causes people to isolate themselves and to cause relationships issues, especially to the people with whom they are closest. Because of these problems, addicts who are even in the initial stages of treatment may feel lonely and embarrassed about their behavior. This response can be positive, and some treatment programs offer therapy that includes loved ones. If family is highly important to the addict, then this option could be vital: once treatment ends, an addict who attends therapy with her family will know that her loved ones support her and will help her stay sober. Rebuilding relationships takes time and should not be rushed, because both the addict and her loved ones experienced emotions and suffered due to the addiction. By addressing these problems, both the addict and her family can heal and move on. With a support system, addicts can bounce back from drug abuse better than addicts who lack support.

Maybe the addict is unwilling to involve his family, but still desires and needs support. People in that situation can reach out to community groups, volunteer at treatment centers or even look online for support groups to build a healthy relationship founded on their sobriety. Support, even if from members in a support group, can encourage an individual to make healthy choices. Seek help to express yourself and to receive feedback about how to handle any issues that arise. With help, you can get and stay clean from addiction.

Opium Addiction Treatment

If you or a loved one struggles with opium addiction and believes the odds are stacked against him, then please call our toll-free helpline now. Our admissions coordinators are available 24 hours a day at a toll-free helpline to answer your questions and to help you find the best treatment available. Our staff are here for you, so call today to begin recovery as soon as possible.