Step 1: Admitting You Are Addicted

Almost everyone is familiar with the 12-Step model of recovery programs that began with Alcoholics Anonymous, in fact today nearly everything has a 12-Step program built around it.

In the most general terms the first step is for the person who is addicted to admit that his/her life has become unmanageable and that they became powerless over their addiction, in a group like Al-Anon set up for family members of addicted persons the first step is the same, to admit being powerless over the alcohol or addiction in question.

Common addictions include, but are not limited to:

  • Alcohol, Drugs, and other substances
  • Porn, especially internet porn
  • Internet Activities
  • Food/Overeating
  • Sex
  • Gambling
  • Exercise

Classic Symptoms of Addiction:

  • Impaired control over behavior/substance
  • Preoccupation with behavior/substance
  • Continued involvement with behavior/substance despite adverse consequences
  • Denial
  • Psychological and/or Physical dependency

Psychological dependency occurs when the body incorporates the substance or behavior into normal functioning, this is what creates the cycle of tolerance and withdrawal that makes addictions escalate, physical depedency also results from this as the person has serious physical symptoms of withdrawal in many cases.

The news media is full of stories regarding the negative affects of addictions, if you or a loved one are experiencing addiction issues there are many options available to you for getting help.

Nearly every addiction has some kind of 12 step program one can find and there are also rehab centers available as well. If you have health insurance you should call your insurance company and find out what benefits are available to you for addiction treatments, many companies have some sort of services available for this purpose.

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