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Posted by on in Drug Addiction

Originally Posted @ http://www.newbridgerecovery.com/addiction-disease-perception/ 

Sober addicts, alcoholics, and therapists have called addiction a "disease of perception". What the heck does that mean? This post will examine how addiction warps a person's perspective and the ugly effects it can have. Addiction alters our view on the outside world, blocking us off from reality.

Our eyes are the tools that scan and pick up what we see in our life. However, our eyes only record information, they do not analyze or interpret what we see. If you remember taking biology or anatomy in high school then you may remember that visual information travels from our eyes via the optic nerves to the occipital lobe of the brain, where visual processing occurs. It is at this stage of perception that addiction really gets involved, skewing what we see away from reality. What's an example of a perceptual distortion caused by addiction?

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Addiction Distorts How We See Ourselves and Others

Drug and alcohol, in excess, cause visible problems. These could be hangovers, health issues, consequences, relationship troubles, and more. When these problems occur, ex. we get fired because of our drug use, our addiction changes our perception to defend itself. Rather than looking at the situation and saying "Wow, my drug use is out of control. Maybe I should quit...", the addicted brain instead goes "Gosh, my boss was a jerk! I didn't need that job anyway". Addiction will do anything to keep the blame away from itself. It changes how we perceive the world, blaming others for our troubles or rationalizing selfish behavior. The addicted brain constantly rationalizes its behavior, despite the contrary evidence. As long as our addicted brain views other people and circumstances as the real reason for our unhappiness, we will never suspect that our addiction is really the main problem.

When our perception is flawed, we make judgments based on inaccurate information. I used to gossip and talk crap about my co-workers, based on the assumption that they were talking behind my back. In turns out that they weren't, and I let an error in perception almost ruin a few relationships. Part of overcoming addiction and helping the addict/alcoholic to see the truth behind his predicament is to provide evidence that proves his perception as wrong. Chuck C, a well-known figure in 12 step programs, says that getting sober is like "putting on a new pair of glasses". What he means by this is that when we get sober we discover a new way to look at ourselves and the world around us. Our perspective (hopefully) is no longer clouded by ugly emotions like fear, anger, jealousy, dishonesty, etc. Our new outlook on life allows us to take a more tolerant view of others and ourselves.

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Posted by on in Drug Addiction

Originally Posted @ http://www.newbridgerecovery.com/newbridge-anxiety-sobriety/ 

Perhaps one of the most commonly reported ‘triggers’ for drinking and using drugs is anxiety or nervousness. It is not a pleasant feeling. Anxiety is a formidable obstacle to happiness, serenity, and sobriety, it can dominate our thoughts and permeate our emotional defenses. Sometimes it whispers “You’re not good enough, nobody is going to like you” or “You’re going to fail, why are you even trying?”, keeping us from leaving our comfort zone. As addicts and alcoholics, we quickly learn that certain drugs can reduce anxiety, leaving us with chemical apathy and artificial calm. Unfortunately, a life of active addiction often causes consequences and difficulties to arise, which increase anxiety even more. Avoiding jail time, waiting around on a drug dealer, trying to get money to stay high, and withdrawals can cause extreme amounts of stress. Eventually the drugs we initially used to numb the anxiety end up causing an untold amount of additional stress and worry.

 

social-anxiety

 

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Posted by on in Drug Addiction

Originally Posted @ http://www.newbridgerecovery.com/addiction-lives-tell/

In addiction, the addict is often a master of dishonesty, a “Rembrandt” of manipulation and deception. The following joke summarizes this trait: “How do you know an addict is lying? …Their mouth is open”. Unbeknownst to outsiders, the person most fooled by addiction is often the addict themselves. Their perceptions of reality are skewed, they believe everything is under control or that there isn’t really a problem. Here are some of the biggest lies that the addict tells themselves and believes.

Common Lies in Addiction

 

“I’m not addicted to drugs, I choose to use drugs… I could stop if I wanted to”

“I can quit anytime I want”

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Posted by on in Drug Addiction

 

 

I recently spoke with a woman at a support group for people who have lost loved ones to drug overdose. One of a fortunate few, her son not only survived, but entered recovery. She was describing the isolation she experienced when her son was in the throes of addiction; she felt like she was the only one who struggled with the fear, uncertainty and powerlessness over her son's destructive and irrational behavior. 

 

She would walk down the street, look at other people, and think she was the only one who felt alone and helpless. 

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Posted by on in Drug Addiction

Originally Posted @ http://www.newbridgerecovery.com/newbridge-top-ten-benefits-sobriety/

Do you think being sober is boring? Think Again! There are a lot of benefits to living without drugs and alcohol. It may not be easy at first and the benefits of sobriety may not appear right away, but sobriety can be the greatest life you’ve ever known. Based on my personal recovery and the experience of others, I believe sobriety can lead to gifts you may have never imagined or thought possible. Here is my list of the ten best benefits of living sober.

  1. Boosted Self-Esteem and Motivation

It only makes sense that we feel better about ourselves when we stop harming ourselves and those around us.

  1. Better Eating & Better Sleep

When high on drugs, eating and sleeping aren’t a top priority. Sobriety helps us learn healthy habits.

  1. Make Authentic Friends

You thought your drinking buddies were good friends? Sober friends are in another league.

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