Thursday, 05 January 2017 17:42

Addiction Lies

Written by  Kay Cannaday, LPC
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Addiction lies.  It tells you it will bring comfort while causing unbearable pain.  It promises happiness yet sadness follows.



Yes, for a moment you may be blissfully unaware of the problems in your life, yet once this feeling leaves, you’re left in a darker despair.  While you used drugs to forget your problems, you invariably “came to” and discovered you had only increased your difficulties.  Think about it.  Did you drink to forget the stress on your job, only to wake the next day and realize you failed to meet a deadline, adding additional stress?  This is how addiction lies.  Listen for the deceit and become a truth seeker.  Honesty is the first step in recovery!


The textbook definition of addiction is a primary, chronic and relapsing brain disease characterized by pathologically pursuing reward or relief by substance use and other behaviors.  Addictive behaviors are as damaging as substance dependency.  Many use gambling, sex, food or even shopping to the point of financial ruin to feel better about themselves.  These are all addictive practices which are not healthy.  So if looking for relief but finding only more unhappiness in a substance or compulsive behavior, you may be addicted.  If you are using substances to reduce emotional stress, you probably have a problem.  If there is alcoholism in your family, you are predisposed to have the illness.  If you cannot remember what you said or did last night, face it, you have a problem.  This is not normal drinking!  Definitely if you drove drunk and got a DUI, your drinking is dangerously not normal. 


Opiate overdose deaths are at an all-time high.  According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, prescription drug overdose was the leading cause of accidental death in the US, with 47,055 lethal drug overdoses in 2014.  Opioid addiction is driving this epidemic, with 18,893 overdose deaths related to prescription pain relievers. The overdose death rate in 2008 was nearly four times the 1999 rate.  There is an epidemic with prescription pain medicines destroying lives.  Sadly there are children and spouses suffering in this disease with you.  Their illness is codependency as they serve as rescuer or enabler of the addict.  You are not only hurting yourself.  Look closely at the expression on your child the next time you wake up from an episode of using substances to mood alter.  Hopefully you can see the truth in their innocence. 


Now here is the good news.  You do not have to continue living with this hindrance.  Addiction is an illness that is 100% beatable if you’d only stop.  It’s just that easy!  Well not so fast.  It is probably the hardest thing you will ever do as your brain is wired to actually believe the lies you’ve been telling yourself.  Your brain believes it needs the very substances that are actually killing you!  So that is why this is not easy.  You will need help.  You will need to retrain your brain.  This is an important first step in recovery.  You will need to be at a place where you do not want what you have now and are willing to try a different way of life.  Yes, a wonderful, clean and sober way of life!  It is here for you if you are wanting a change.  Yet do not delay.     


So the next time you “come to” after an evening of believing the lie, if you are one of the fortunate ones that woke up and did not end up in the morgue, look for the reality of what drugs are doing to you and your family.  Pick up the pieces now before your family is left to deal with the remains of a life broken in addiction.  It begins with a prayer, a phone call and then living one day at a time the way God wants you to live, clean and sober.  It’s time to begin a new year with new dreams and hopes.  Again… pray, call, live and stop the lie of addiction.  Your healthy tomorrows can begin now.  Call the Samaritan Counseling Center at 334-262-7787 today to find recovery.  You cannot do this alone.   




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