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What’s The Elusive Addiction?

When discussing alcoholism, the phrase, “Cunning, baffling, and powerful” perfectly describes the incredible force of the disease. It doesn’t happen overnight; you don’t take a drink on Tuesday and suddenly, you are addicted to whiskey on Wednesday. It sneaks its way into your life, and you don’t realize what’s really happening until it’s too late—if you realize it at all. Some of us live out our lives in denial and die an alcoholic death. Others are able to see that they can’t stop drinking when they start, and they ask for help. Still, some will find recovery, and when the moment of weakness hits that the disease had been patiently waiting for, they are back to square one, only worse.

Addiction usually starts out innocently. No one starts drinking with the intention of becoming addicted to alcohol. You may have started experimenting as a teenager, then progressed to binge drinking on the weekends in college, and started hitting frequent happy hours in your 20’s. Some people start drinking later in life. It’s not uncommon for someone to start having drinks after the kids leave home, retirement, or after divorce. A lot of us use alcohol and other drugs as a coping mechanism for handling life and all its problems. What we don’t realize, is this coping mechanism starts causing even more problems. If we’re lucky enough to figure this out, we might be able to save ourselves a lot of heartache, sorrow, and a loneliness that no human being should ever know.

The way alcohol grows its seed of addiction within your brain is quite remarkable. It convinces you that the things you did last night weren’t that bad; it tells you that the next time will be different. It takes over your mind and doesn’t let your thoughts stray from thinking about your next drink. It pushes people away so they can’t tell you there is a problem. It slowly kills you, yet makes you want more. Alcoholism is cunning, baffling, and powerful. If its claws are wrapped around you or your loved one, there is a solution, and it begins with a phone call.

No matter how far down the scale you have gone, recovery is possible. You can make the decision to embark upon the rewarding journey of recovery by seeking help now. Resilient House, located in beautiful Shreveport, Louisiana, is staffed with knowledgeable and compassionate professionals dedicated to helping clients build happy, fulfilling lives in sobriety, free from the chains of addiction. For information about treatment options, please call today: (833) 242-6431