When you’re pregnant, you’re not just eating for two. You’re drinking, breathing, and living for two. Therefore, it is very important to carefully consider the things that you give your body and eventually your baby. So when you eat junk, your baby eats junk too. When you smoke or drink, your baby receives traces of nicotine and alcohol too. And when you take illegal drugs, your baby gets affected as well.
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.
“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.
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.
Just like you need to be in tip-top physical health, you also need to be in shape when it comes to your behavioral health. Behavioral health involves your psychological well-being, the choices you make, habits you develop, and how your mental soundness is impacting your quality of life.
So you just got off rehab and so far, you haven’t been using or drinking. But then, you haven’t really worked out the other elements that you need to have a completely clean, healthy, sober, and positive lifestyle. As brash as it may sound, you are sober but you are still destructive. You still fight with friends and family, and aside from your abstinence from drugs or alcohol, you still act a little like you were still on drugs or alcohol anyway.
“It’s my problem! Let me handle it on my own!” “Don’t interfere with my life, I am not interfering with yours.” “Mind your own business!”
These may just be some of the things your loved ones or friends with drug or alcohol addiction may have told you. When you express your concern, fear, sadness, and frustration to them, they would retaliate harshly that their problem doesn’t affect you so you don’t have to worry about them.
But we all know they’re completely wrong.
Why is it that some people are able to go for many years with their cocaine and heroine addiction and then overcome them after arduous treatment? Why is it that some people are merely addicted to gambling but find it hard to recover? Why is it that some people are able to transcend and rise above their addictions, while others just can’t no matter how hard they try?
What is it that people really need to escape their addiction and achieve sustained recovery and sobriety? How can we really be free from our addictions?
Addiction is rarely discussed or elaborated in the media. There are news of one or two celebrities succumbing to addiction, but generally, the topic is always veiled. Our country sees addiction more as a shameful condition, a severe moral failing. Even in movies, addicts are most often portrayed as wayward, downtrodden people who are in a slump because they chose a life of drugs and depravity over that of hard work, religion, and moral righteousness.