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Will Treatment Teach Me to Control My Drinking or Drug Use?

Many people enter into treatment aware that their drinking or drug use has gotten out of hand but are not sure if they are willing to commit to a life of entire abstinence. They may believe that they will be able to return to a life of drinking or using in moderation, without facing the same consequences that they experienced previously. The disease of addiction is such that at some point we reach a point when we have entirely lost our ability to moderate or regulate our use. Once we cross this threshold, it is not possible to regain control and our only hope for happiness, joyousness, and freedom is entire abstinence.

Powerlessness and lack of control over substances is one of the defining traits of addiction. The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous explains, “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 incomprehensible demoralization.” This occurs because addiction and alcoholism are progressive diseases. If we drink or use drugs, even after years of sobriety, we will find that our addiction quickly returns and is just as bad, if not worse, than it was before.

It is easy to fall into the belief that a significant amount of time in sobriety indicates that one is “cured” of addiction and can successfully drink or use drugs without facing powerlessness and unmanageability. The National Institute on Drug Abuse explains, “Drugs of abuse alter the brain’s structure and function, resulting in changes that persist long after drug use has ceased. This may explain why drug abusers are at risk for relapse even after long periods of abstinence and despite the potentially devastating consequences.” The changes that addiction causes to the brain make it impossible for one to return to a position where they are able to drink or use drugs without losing control. Attempting to return to moderate drinking or drug use may be successful for a short amount of time but will eventually return a person to the pain and suffering of uncontrollable addiction.

Your life doesn’t have to be held back by the chains of addiction. You can make the decision to seek help today and begin building a brighter future. Resilient House, located in beautiful Shreveport, Louisiana, brings together the highest quality behavioral health and addictions specialists, holistic experts, and spiritual guides to help clients develop all the tools necessary to achieve and maintain sobriety. For information about treatment options, please call today: (833) 242-6431