If you are dealing with addiction problems you may be struggling to quit. It can be hard to overcome this type of difficulty alone. One of the reasons why this is the case is that substance abuse reduces a person’s self-efficacy for recovery. This means that the person doubts their own ability to quit, and therefore they are unlikely to be able to quit.
By getting help the individual will not only be put in contact with the resources they need, but they will also be empowered to use these resources successfully. Ultimately the only person who can end the addiction is the individual, but the right resources will make the process much easier for them.
Barriers to Addiction Recovery
There are certain barriers that can prevent people from recovering from an addiction, and these will include things like:
- The individual is ambivalent about recovery – this means that they are in two minds about it. Most substance abusers will reach a stage where they can admit that it would be better for them to quit the behaviour, but they can still hold onto the idea that they will be able to enjoy alcohol or drugs in the future. This ambivalence will keep the person from making progress in recovery because they are not really committed to permanent abstinence
- The individual refuses to take the steps necessary to end their addiction because they insist on going it alone. If people are able to break away from addiction without help, that is great. If the person is constantly failing in their attempts to go it alone it is time for a change
- The person feels unwilling to be honest with themselves or other people. It is vital that the individual is able, to be honest in order for them to come to terms with their situation and get the help they need
- The individual does not want to give up their addiction lifestyle. They want to continue to spend time with drinking or drug-using friends and visit bars. This means that the person will be likely faced with too much temptation, so there every attempt at recovery is doomed to failure
- The person may be prepared to stop drinking or drug-using, but they are not prepared to make any other changes to their life. This means that they are back where they started just before they fell into addiction. The likelihood is that they are either going to relapse of fall into new addictive behaviours
- The individual is waiting for the right time to arrive before they get help. The reality is that the only right time is now. If the individual waits for some magical time to arrive they will be risking crossing the line to a place of no return
Those people who spend time in alcohol or drug clinics will usually have the ability to deal with the stinking thinking that can arise in early recovery. These individuals will have the opportunity to learn to spot the symptoms and to develop the tools to overcome it.
This is just one of the many advantages of rehab, and anyone in St Albans who is considering this path to recovery can contact us here on this site.
Getting help now
Rehab 4 Addiction is an organisation offering counselling and referral services to addicts and their families in St Albans. We work with private clinics offering drug and alcohol treatment programmes on a residential basis. We also advise clients regarding outpatient rehab services.
Contact us today for more advice on 0800 140 4690.