Does My Addiction Define Me?

Does My Addiction Define Me?Addiction can seem to define Seattle residents, because the disease becomes users’ central focus. They are constantly using their time, financial resources and energy to acquire drugs, use them, recover from their use and start the cycle again. With some much attention focused on that cycle of devastation, Seattle addicts have forgone a lot of other things. Therefore, in effect, your addiction does define you at this time.

Journaling and Other Methods for Finding Your Non-Addicted Self

Whenever people struggle with a problem long term, medical doctors and psychologists suggest they keep a journal. Whether they are keeping track of the foods that have caused recent stomach upsets or an allergic reaction, or whether they are struggling with depression, it is suggested that they write down their thoughts, feelings, and actions on a daily basis to track what are the triggers to these physical or emotional events.

Deciding whether or not your addiction defines you is another time that you might get benefit from keeping a journal. Start with the experiences in your pre-addiction life. What were the things in your life that made you happy, gave you purpose, and caused you to feel that you were living a productive life?
Also, write down the things that led you towards addiction. Whether you were given a prescription to treat physical pain or insomnia, whether you started to socialize with drug users, or whether there was a traumatic event in your life, something led you towards your addiction. Seattle addicts can then reexamine their journals to determine whether there are strong enough reasons for to seek addiction treatment.

Seattle Residents Can Overcome Addiction

Some treatment options for Seattle residents include the following:

  • Call the toll-free helpline in this article and speak to a counselor about anything that is on your mind regarding addiction. Many of our counselors are recovering addicts who can provide you information about resources, treatment options, or simply talk to you about some of your fears or answer your questions.
  • Speak to your family doctor or other Seattle residents who may be able to refer you to support, whether it is in the form of an online forum or a local support group.
  • Do some research on the internet to learn how others have overcome their addictions.

Life for Seattle Residents Beyond Addiction

There is a life beyond addiction as millions of recovering addicts can attest. During rehab, Seattle addicts can explore what is important to them and who they want to be. You can learn new behaviors and skills that will help you gain control over your addiction versus feeling powerless to it. You can create a network of support people and services that can help you when you complete rehab and you can redefine yourself and your life to live fulfilled, healthy, and happy.

Addiction Help for Seattle Residents

Seattle residents don’t have to make the important decision to get help alone. We can help you explore your options for treating your addiction, so please call our toll-free helpline today. We are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have about addiction treatment. We are here to help.