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The Addict is the Last One to Know

Addiction: the disease that tells you that you don’t have it.

  1. image of unhappy man on bed“What are you talking about?  I’m not an addict!”
  2. “So, I party a little, everybody does.”
  3. “I just want to have some fun.  It’s not like I use every day!”
  4. “I can quit any time I want to.”
  5. “I work every day – an addict can’t do that!”

Why is it that people suffering from addiction are sometimes the last to know they are addicted?

There is a lot of wisdom in the old saying, “Addiction is the disease that tells you that you don’t have it.”

Addiction is sneaky.  It begins as a way to feel better, relax or to party a little with friends.  As time passes, it begins to take a little more to feel the same way a little used to make you feel.

A glass or two of wine with dinner progresses to a few drinks before dinner, a bottle of wine with dinner, and a nightcap or two at the end of the day.  Smoking a joint to relax can progress to doing a line of coke, to adding some pills as a kicker. And on and on it goes.  The substances vary greatly from person to person, but the addiction is the same.  So is the denial –

“I’m not an addict!”

No one starts with a plan to become addicted, but it happens, and then things in life start to go downhill such as too much money is spent on substances, another DUI arrest, performance at work goes down (but the person with the addiction thinks they are performing just fine, and they believe no one notices.), relationships begin to get complicated or end, withdrawal symptoms require the substance to avoid the discomfort, etc.  A person might have a thought creep in that he or she really needs to cut down on using.  They promise themselves that they will…tomorrow.  But then something makes tomorrow too difficult to get through without the substance, so they will cut back the next day, which never happens.

“That’s Why I’m Here” is an old Kenny Chesney song with lyrics that describe it well,

Everything you love starts to disappear
The devil takes your hand and says, no fear
Have another shot, just one more beer.

Kenny Chesney
    Addiction is sneaky.

    image of man speaking in group for Gulf Breeze Recovery on-12 step holistic drug and alcohol rehabAdmitting that you are addicted isn’t easy, but it is an important first step in finding your way to recovery.  People can survive without using; they can find a happy and healthy life that is substance-free.  Gulf Breeze Recovery offers a nurturing environment in a beautiful setting where each person is treated with dignity and respect.  Gulf Breeze Recovery strives to offer the best and most comprehensive alcohol and substance abuse treatment options in the country, with plans of treatment tailored to fit your needs or the needs of your loved one.

    With a well-trained and qualified medical, clinical and support staff, expert care begins with medically supervised detoxification if needed, and continues with one-on-one counseling, professionally led group sessions, spa treatment, neurofeedback, meditation, exercise, nutrition and specialized care for those suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

    If you or someone you care about, has an ongoing history of alcohol or substance use and/or relapse, contact Gulf Breeze Recovery or call: (855) 433-4480 to speak to an addiction expert to learn more about their residential program, out-patient program, and intensive out-patient program, and which of these can best fit your individual needs.  These programs have helped many people overcome their addiction and embrace their new happy, healthy, substance-free lifestyle.

    We help people not just to survive, but to THRIVE!

    Addiction: the disease that tells you that you don’t have it.

    1. image of unhappy man on bed“What are you talking about?  I’m not an addict!”
    2. “So, I party a little, everybody does.”
    3. “I just want to have some fun.  It’s not like I use every day!”
    4. “I can quit any time I want to.”
    5. “I work every day – an addict can’t do that!”

    Why is it that people suffering from addiction are sometimes the last to know they are addicted?

    There is a lot of wisdom in the old saying, “Addiction is the disease that tells you that you don’t have it.”

    Addiction is sneaky.  It begins as a way to feel better, relax or to party a little with friends.  As time passes, it begins to take a little more to feel the same way a little used to make you feel.

    A glass or two of wine with dinner progresses to a few drinks before dinner, a bottle of wine with dinner, and a nightcap or two at the end of the day.  Smoking a joint to relax can progress to doing a line of coke, to adding some pills as a kicker. And on and on it goes.  The substances vary greatly from person to person, but the addiction is the same.  So is the denial –

    “I’m not an addict!”

    No one starts with a plan to become addicted, but it happens, and then things in life start to go downhill such as too much money is spent on substances, another DUI arrest, performance at work goes down (but the person with the addiction thinks they are performing just fine, and they believe no one notices.), relationships begin to get complicated or end, withdrawal symptoms require the substance to avoid the discomfort, etc.  A person might have a thought creep in that he or she really needs to cut down on using.  They promise themselves that they will…tomorrow.  But then something makes tomorrow too difficult to get through without the substance, so they will cut back the next day, which never happens.

    “That’s Why I’m Here” is an old Kenny Chesney song with lyrics that describe it well,

    Everything you love starts to disappear
    The devil takes your hand and says, no fear
    Have another shot, just one more beer.

    Kenny Chesney
      Addiction is sneaky.

      image of man speaking in group for Gulf Breeze Recovery on-12 step holistic drug and alcohol rehabAdmitting that you are addicted isn’t easy, but it is an important first step in finding your way to recovery.  People can survive without using; they can find a happy and healthy life that is substance-free.  Gulf Breeze Recovery offers a nurturing environment in a beautiful setting where each person is treated with dignity and respect.  Gulf Breeze Recovery strives to offer the best and most comprehensive alcohol and substance abuse treatment options in the country, with plans of treatment tailored to fit your needs or the needs of your loved one.

      With a well-trained and qualified medical, clinical and support staff, expert care begins with medically supervised detoxification if needed, and continues with one-on-one counseling, professionally led group sessions, spa treatment, neurofeedback, meditation, exercise, nutrition and specialized care for those suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

      If you or someone you care about, has an ongoing history of alcohol or substance use and/or relapse, contact Gulf Breeze Recovery or call: (855) 433-4480 to speak to an addiction expert to learn more about their residential program, out-patient program, and intensive out-patient program, and which of these can best fit your individual needs.  These programs have helped many people overcome their addiction and embrace their new happy, healthy, substance-free lifestyle.

      We help people not just to survive, but to THRIVE!

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      About Gulf Breeze Recovery:

      Gulf Breeze Recovery, unlike other treatment centers in Florida, is a non 12 step holistic drug and alcohol rehab that is changing the future of addiction treatment with their THRIVE® (Total Health Recovery) program focused on overcoming chronic relapse.
      Gulf Breeze Recovery’s THRIVE® program is a non 12-step approach designed for those who are looking for a drug and alcohol treatment program to produce a different and positive result.
      This non-12 step program allows you to drive beyond your addictions and promotes a new outlook on life.
      We are licensed by the Florida Department of Children and Families, and our last audit scored 99.7! Also, we are gold certified by the Joint Commission.

      Program logo: Gulf Breeze Recovery offers a true non-12-Step, holistic drug treatment program with licensed mental health professionals who have small caseloads so that they can offer individualized and intensive care and it's called THRIVE®

      End Chronic Relapse and Start a New Life!

      At Gulf Breeze Recovery we don’t want you to have just a great recovery, we want you to have a great life!

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