Addiction – A Symptom of a Deeper Problem

girl standing on rocks covered in fogIf you have an addiction, you know that it can be a serious problem. Your health is affected, your finances are affected, your family and friends are often affected, and depending on the source of the addiction, you might even find that your ability to hold a job and have a home or healthy family can be affected.

If you have a loved one, you probably understand the gravity of having an addiction. The thing that so many people don’t realize is that this issue has more to do with something deeper underneath that’s going on emotionally.

Physical Illnesses Show Symptoms, so Do Mental Ones

When considering that addiction is a mental illness of sorts or a chronic condition, we also need to consider that, like other illnesses, addiction is simply what you can see of a much deeper, possibly buried, emotional problem that needs to be addressed. For example, people with PTSD, or who are abused as children might turn to drugs or alcohol to help them feel normal.

This is a common way of trying to cope with the feelings they struggle with and give them the chance to feel normal. Unfortunately, what actually happens is that an addiction can develop. But for the person choosing to abuse alcohol or substances, it’s about self-medicating and trying to feel better.

Getting to the Heart of the Problem

Because addiction is a symptom of a deeper problem, it’s important to seek treatment when working to overcome an addiction. This is the only way that you will be able to resolve the deep emotional or mental issues that might actually be driving you to want to continue using or drinking, as individual therapy can go a long way in helping you to understand yourself and learn to cope with the situations in your life that have left a lasting, harmful impression.

Without coming to terms with situations and learning how to deal with them, it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to truly overcome your addiction.

Holistic rehabs offer life-changing recovery approaches, combined with proven treatment methods such as individual therapy that can help you to understand what’s really happening in your heart and mind and start to heal that, allowing the symptom of your addiction to diminish.

With time, and effort, many who choose to attend holistic rehab find that they are living a balanced, healthy life that is free of addiction. If you want to start getting clean and sober, and holistic treatment sounds like something you might enjoy, give us a call today. We can help you get on the road to a healthy recovery.