May 14, 2018 Felicia Durling

Breaking Down the Barriers that Stand in the Way of Addiction Recovery

Have you identified things that are stopping you or a loved one from getting the treatment that is needed for addiction recovery? Often, there are barriers that stand in the way of the professional services that are needed.

Addiction affects people of all ages and demographics, making it hard to identify the specific patterns or behaviors that affect every person. So, it is essential to work with a certified addiction recovery specialist to identify the problems that might be hindering your success.

The Opinions of Other People

Most people will agree that there is a stigma around addiction. People are worried about pursuing a recovery program because they don’t want friends and family to form the wrong opinion. People with addictions don’t want to “stand out” due to their problems. They are often worried about the potential judgment that might come from other people. This social stigma needs to be minimized so that patients aren’t scared of being misunderstood for having an addiction.

Giving Up the Habit

Even though a sober person can see the negative impact of addiction, it is common for an addict to resist giving up the habit. They aren’t ready to stop using. Instead, they set a date in the future as the time when the addiction recovery efforts will begin. But, that date is always pushed down the road.

Addiction can create a comfort zone that people don’t want to give up. There is a resistance to change, which leads to bigger problems as the addiction progresses.

Overcoming Denial

It is estimated that only 5% of the people with addictions seek professional treatment. In most situations, they don’t see a need for professional services. Denial can show up in many areas of life, often resulting in emotional and financial consequences.

When a person is in denial, it is common for them to withdraw from family and friends. Often, the addict doesn’t realize how much their decisions are impacting other people. One aspect of overcoming denial is understanding consequences of their behavior and the way these things are affecting family and friends.

Our team at The Center for Life Change understands the challenges of overcoming addiction. We have a variety of treatment options that can be used to break down these barriers and help you on the road to recovery. Contact us to learn more: (951) 775-4000

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