How Do I Know if I am an Addict of Any Kind?
Steve Martin, the talented comic, writer and actor once said, “Reality, it is a hell of a concept.” He wasn’t kidding. To reach a point where the question of whether or not I was addict was not a place where I ever thought I would be, but there I was. To say that it was unpleasant would be an understatement.
Regardless of whether or not you suffer from one or more addictions, the following statement from one of the first and pre-eminent Physicians to ever suggest that addiction was a disease rather than a lack of moral fiber cuts right to the chase. Dr. William D. Silkworth made the following statement in 1935:
“Alcoholism is an obsession of the mind that condemns one to drink and an allergy to the body that condemns one to die.”
Please read that statement over and over so you fully comprehend the courage it has taken you to ask yourself the question, “Am I an addict?”
Addiction truly is an obsession of the mind to the exclusion of all rational and logical thought and common sense. It defies otherwise reasonable and intelligent people making decisions that cause a decline in their daily lives and hurt countless people in their path.
Whether you are addicted to alcohol, drugs, sex, food or something else does not matter. What does matter is that you have a thought process in regard to each of these that you are powerless over controlling. Not that you have not tried and possible had some success with for a short period of time, but at the end of the day, you could not stay stopped and upon resumption, it was as though you never had stopped at all.
How do I know this? I know this because I am an addict and have been down the road you are here learning more about. Since getting sober on October 5, 1988, I have had the obsession to drink, drug, smoke, watch pornography and binge eat lifted and with professional help, like that which I can provide to you, I healed the various traumas and causes of my addictions and lift a happy and joyous life today.
By clicking any of the following links, you can begin your journey into your own “reality” and leave denial behind and start a new way of life.
Each of these links will open questions for you to reflect on and answer with as much honesty as you can today about specific addictions as well as provide some general information about solution options.
My primary purpose is to help you find an approach that will free you from the obsession you have for whatever your addiction is, so that you may go forward and live the happy life you so richly deserve.