Halloween season is one of those occasions when many people take off their inhibitions in exchange for masks and costumes. Halloween parties are filled not only with candies but also, for grownups, booze. And often, some end up taking more than alcohol.
Having a full understanding of how addiction progresses can open the door to insights on how to ultimately break the cycle.
The recovery and rehabilitation community has long been on the search to understand the dynamics and root cause of substance abuse. Throughout the decades, one of the most widely known theories to explain substance abuse and how it progresses is represented in a visual arc known as the Jellinek Curve.
Media has long glamorized addiction. Shopping, alcoholism, even drug used seem to sparkle and shine when it’s scripted and in front of the camera. But as many who know first-hand the crushing consequences of addiction, all the glamour is gone when faced with the reality of this so-called disease.
“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”
While this quote can be attributed to Albert Einstein, Mark Twain, or Benjamin Franklin, it really doesn’t matter when it comes to addiction–because the quote clearly and adequately describes substance and behavioral addiction.
Many people who enter the doors of rehabilitation often find themselves also struggling with their spirituality. Many struggle with the idea of spirituality or the belief in a higher power because they may not identify themselves as religious, or have now rejected religion.
Alcohol can be confusing. It can be highly addictive for some, while there are others who can drink every weekend and still maintain safe drinking boundaries. In this case, alcohol is selectively addictive.
No matter who you are, or how far along you are in your recovery, you will find out that there will always be challenges along the way. These challenges will not only test your sobriety, but also your disposition and inner strength. During these times, you need an extra boost of motivation to keep you going on the right track. While some can find this motivation within themselves, some may still need a little shove in the right direction with some outside help.
In an episode aired September 29 at 8pm on GMA NewsTV 11, Brigada features Bridges of Hope as it interviews Envic Zamora, Bridges of Hope Executive Director, about alcoholism and treatment options available for alcoholics. In this episode, reporter Jay Zabale goes in depth on the different issues about alcohol and how drinking is deeply rooted in Filipino culture.
As addiction becomes prevalent in most societies all over the globe, having people who underwent rehabilitation and are now in recovery is no surprise. Maybe you or someone you know already have friends who are in recovery. While you yourself didn’t have problems with substance abuse and addiction, you can only imagine the hardships your friend have gone through. However, you can always offer your support.