The Insanity of Addiction

How would you define insanity? For most people, they are reminded of the quote, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results.” While this quote often brings about the controversy as to what insanity is, it does, however, do a good job of describing addiction. Why?

Substance abuse gets us into trouble, yet somehow, we continue to think we can somehow do things a little different to get away with it. For example, one might think that switching from liquor to beer might be the answer, or by regulating and “slowing down,” we can control it.  Inevitably, it always ends up out of control. Repeat this cycle, and you have an addiction, and also insanity.

Not only does this definition apply to addiction, but also recovery. As we have discussed before, relapse is a normal part of recovery. When relapse becomes chronic, and you can say you have honestly given it your best efforts to stay sober, it’s time to look into why you continue to relapse. We are stubborn and most importantly, creatures of habit. It is important to recognize when something just isn’t working, and it is time to take a different approach.

If you continue to relapse, and you’re limiting yourself to only one treatment program, then maybe you should think about trying something different. A different approach, different results! There are people out there who slap on a nicotine patch and say, “Here we go again. Maybe I can quit for good this time.” When they continuously relapse, they always go back to the nicotine patch! Other people continue to see the same therapist with no improvements. Some continually opt for detox centers and residential treatment programs, yet relapse continues. This is all insanity!

It is important never to give up, but don’t only limit yourself to one treatment method. Begin to branch out and try different options if you find yourself in this spiral. With modern research and medicine, many different treatment options and support groups are available.

Remember, you are more than your addiction. You have the power to change and heal your relationship with yourself. If you or someone you know has relapsed from drugs and alcohol, please know that for some people it is a “normal” path in addiction. Instead, encourage them to try a new approach. Show understanding, patience, and love. Never give up on yourself or someone else. I will help you find the self you have lost. Please, never hesitate to contact me.Tags: , , , , ,