April Fool’s Day: 3 Popular Ways Your Addiction Can Trick You
It’s April Fool’s Day today, and not everything is as it may seem! If you haven’t been tricked or pranked yet, beware! Even those in recovery from addiction should be careful because addiction is an illness that can trick you into believing you are perfectly fine – even when you aren’t.
How Your Addiction Can Trick You on April Fool’s Day (Or Any Day!)
There are too many different ways that your addiction can trick you, not only on April Fool’s Day but on any other day of the year. It’s critical to take a look at the misconceptions you may start to believe, even in recovery, as a result of the disease of addiction.
1. You Start to Believe That You’re Not Addicted to Drugs or Alcohol Anymore
It’s far too common for an addict to start believing in the misconception that they simply aren’t addicted “anymore.” Some addicts may gain time in recovery and start to feel like they can use drugs or drink alcohol “like a normal person.” Some are able to casually use or drink at first, but eventually their addiction catches up with them and they are left in the same place they were before – or worse.
2. You Think You Can Use “One More Time”
Some addicts may understand that they have a problem with drugs and alcohol, but they still believe they have some type of control and can use drugs or alcohol just “one last time.” Whether a traumatic event has occurred or they have stopped keeping up with their program of recovery, addicts are likely to relapse when they start believing in the philosophy that they can use just once and be able to stop when the reality is that using drugs or alcohol even just one more time allows for the obsession to return and addiction to manifest.
3. You Have Worked Hard to Rebuild Your Life and Couldn’t Possibly Lose Any of It Again
Another common way that addiction can mess with your head and play tricks on you is by leading you to think that you couldn’t possibly end up how you were when you were in active addiction. Some addicts truly start to think that they would “never” relapse since they have a job, financial security, shelter, and some clean time. The truth is that addiction does not discriminate and while relapse doesn’t always happen to every addict, it can happen to any addict.
It’s important to consider the different misconceptions that addicts are prone to thinking. Addiction itself is cunning, baffling, and powerful, which is why having a team of sober supports and a sponsor can play a critical role in your recovery. When you share these thoughts or beliefs with others, you can get true insight from others who have been where you are.
All in all, addiction is serious. If you find yourself unable to get or stay sober, then it’s time to get the help you need so that you can live in the freedom you deserve. Call The Watershed for help today at 1-800-861-1768.Tags: addiction recovery, Addiction Treatment, Alcoholism, drug rehab center