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5 reasons why to seek help against addictions

5 reasons why to seek help against addictions

November 27, 2021

A person with addiction problems , in the early stages of it, you can not see it as such. Therefore he does not realize the need to ask for guidance, containment and help. You can feel frustration, helplessness, confusion, despair but still there is no request for help or intention to change since there is no awareness of the problem or perception of the risks that this can cause.

Once the addicted person manages to visualize and recognize the existence of a problem, and accepts that he needs help, it is very important to start and travel a complex path of recovery to stop that harmful behavior, among other things ...

Next we will see what logic of consumption is behind the addictions, why it's good to seek help to get out of them as soon as possible , and where to start.


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Reasons to seek help against addictions

Below you can see why an adequate withdrawal of the consumption of a substance is necessary to get out of the serious problem of addiction.

1. Stop using is the beginning

When you stop consuming you begin to travel the different situations of daily life in a new way, with the reactivation of your own resources and without requiring the consumption of substances. It's essential truly engage in specialized treatment , which starts with the cessation of consumption (detoxification and detoxification stage) and continues with the construction of healthy living habits, development of personal growth projects, improvement in the ways of bonding with others, new ways of resolving conflicts intra and interpersonal.


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2. Protective factors are identified

In a treatment specialized in addictions, Work is being done to strengthen potentials and capacities . For example, it will be important to observe and strengthen if the person has the capacity to make decisions, to control emotions and impulses, to self-observe (to know oneself better and better). In addition, self-esteem is improved, and the presence of containment networks that accompany this person and the motivation to study and / or work also constitute other valuable protection factors.

In this way, the person try to build with the therapy a knowledge about their discomfort , to be able to limit the compulsive, repetitive behaviors and understand what possible meanings and functions have their addiction.


In general terms, the main factor of protection is within the person and lies in the awareness of their problem and consequent predisposition to generate changes and improve their quality of life.

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3. Risk factors are visible

It is important to identify which are the risk factors and unique vulnerabilities. It inquires about personal and social aspects, locating the consumption within the history, both individual and family.

So, in contrast to the protection factors, the lack of support and containment on the part of the family , friends and institutions, lack of motivation, anhedonia and apathy, and especially, lack of awareness of the health problem are strong risk factors.

4. Changes occur

They are experienced modifications in doing, thinking and feeling, so that certain crises can be experienced while those changes produce contradictions or a sense of strangeness when implementing own resources that are new and very different from those set in motion in times of consumption. Therefore, these critical moments can be considered as proper and inherent to this stage and even expected and necessary.

Probably before a treatment it was common to evade or calm anguish, anger, sadness, loneliness, fears, shame, impotence, (among other feelings, emotions and problems of daily life) with substance consumption, interpreting it as a way out, shelter or support for evade or forget an unbearable situation .

5. New resources are built

During a treatment, in the face of painful sensations or conflicts, new resources are built and implemented , which are expected to continue to develop and strengthen in the after treatment.

An example is the resolution of conflicts through the word, perhaps something unthinkable in a situation of consumption, where the act (usually violent, towards third parties and / or towards itself) replaced the word.

Other examples are: incorporate habits of health and body care, such as healthy eating and physical activity, promote listening and family dialogue, put into words what was previously silent and sick, undertake, train and seek growth staff with self-care practices.


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