The progression of addiction is insidious. It is often hidden to the individual but painfully evident to those around them. The defining characteristic of addiction is continued use despite escalating harm to the individual and their loved ones. If you are asking yourself questions like, “Is my addiction bad enough that I need rehab?”, it is worth considering some of the factors that may be contributing to these thoughts.
Addiction distances the using person from family, values, interests, and their true character. The “ease and comfort” once provided by using drugs or drinking alcohol devolves into a profound source of shame and powerlessness, compounded by the inexplicable return to continued use or abuse. Despite these realities, contemplating a life without drugs or alcohol is often inconceivable to the using person, illustrating the baffling nature of addiction.