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Will I Ever Regain Control of My Drinking or Drug Use?

Many people enter into treatment under the misconception that one particular drug is their problem. They may believe that they have lost control over one substance, but will still be able to use other, seemingly less harmful intoxicants. However, the disease of addiction is not substance-specific, and we have entirely lost the ability to control our drug or alcohol use.

Addiction causes us to lose any semblance of manageability over our lives. However, we may feel that with enough time sober, or by switching to a different substance, we will not face the same consequences by using drugs or alcohol. For example, an individual addicted to heroin may think they will be able to safely drink alcohol, while someone suffering from alcoholism may believe that they will be able to regulate their drinking after remaining sober for some time. The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous explains, “We alcoholics are men and women who have lost the ability to control our drinking. We know that no real alcoholic ever recovers control. All of us felt at times that we were regaining control, but such intervals—usually brief—were inevitably followed by still less control, which led in time to pitiful and incomprehensive demoralization.” The fact is that addiction is a progressive and fatal disease, and without treatment and recovery, will always lead to major consequences and unmanageability.

The disease of addiction and alcoholism is made up of a variety of components. One component that differentiates those with addiction and alcoholism is that of a “physical allergy.” The Big Book explains, “All these, and many others, have one symptom in common: they cannot start drinking without developing the phenomenon of craving. This phenomenon, as we have suggested, may be the manifestation of an allergy which differentiates these people, and sets them apart as a distinct entity. It has never been, by any treatment with which we are familiar, permanently eradicated. The only relief we have to suggest is entire abstinence.” This concept also applies to drug use. When we cease using one drug in favor of another, seemingly less harmful substance, one of two things will inevitably happen. Either our new drug of choice will cause us to lose control and manageability, or we will quickly return to our original drug of choice and reenter the same damaging cycle of addiction. Recovery based in entire abstinence, however, allows us to remain free from the pain and suffering that inevitable follows any form of intoxication.

Recovery is possible. Once we concede to the fact that our addiction is a problem and we require help to overcome it, we can begin the rewarding journey of recovery. Resilient House, located in beautiful Shreveport, Louisiana, brings together the highest quality behavioral health and addictions specialists, spiritual guides, and holistic experts to help clients develop all the necessary tools to achieve a fulfilling life in sobriety. For information about treatment options, please call today: (833) 242-6431