Addiction or compulsion, both can be a devastating problem, but one is due to substance abuse and the other quite often caused by anxiety related problems.
The unfortunate symptoms of addiction are the fact that whatever the cause is, it completely takes over the sufferers life. When controlled by alcohol or drugs the afflicted person’s whole existence is controlled by that substance.
The most important factor is where the next fix is going to come from and in a lot of cases where is the money going to be found to pay for it. This can mean that belongings have to be sold, bank accounts overdrawn and eventually crime committed. Families are broken up and jobs lost. Self esteem disappears and before long homes are gone.
The person loses all sight of what they once were and were hoping to be. Or maybe that was the problem. A common cause of substance abuse is when an active or competitive life is suddenly curtailed. As in the case of many sportsmen who when retiring from their chosen field suddenly feel lost, the adrenaline rush is gone, there are no more goals to be reached, the training is unnecessary, so what is the point.
Unfortunately, this can be the point of no return and the result can be illness, prison or even death. But for some when everything has been lost and there seems no hope something takes over and they say, ‘no more’. How the road to recovery is taken varies, but sometimes the hard way can be the best.
Cold turkey or complete abstinence can be a dangerous but efficient way to deal with the addiction. It is hard and painful but once completed can give that person a reason to try to rebuild their lives. If they manage to get through that period, there is no reason why they cannot go on to climb out of the mire and lead a better life.
At this point, the person must have a new goal in their life otherwise it is too easy to fall back into the addiction cycle. This is where many people fail, if they are beings that need stimulation to survive, then they must look for a new purpose in life, new goals and achievements.
It is hard but is possible as many successful people have proved. Some true entrepreneurs have such backgrounds and have gone onto great things. If a person has the strength and determination to overcome Addictions and compulsions then surely they have the right attributes to do anything they want.