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When the Solution Becomes the Problem

The Innocence of Addiction.

Photo of pills for blog article on non-12 step treatment facility Gulf Breeze Recovery

Many times people begin to use substances for a good reason, as a way to fill a legitimate need. 

Perhaps an accident resulted in physical issues where pain relief is a needed and prescription pain medication is the solution for the pain.  Someone uncomfortable in social situations may discover that a few drinks gives them the courage to interact with people and feel more at ease.  Sometimes a young person feels the need to fit in and be a part of the crowd and so they begin to use like their friends do.  A person who has experienced a traumatic life event, might find that substance use helps them forget, temporarily, the event that haunts them.  Each of them finds a solution, and for a while it works.

Regardless of the problem that was temporarily addressed by their “solution”, with continued use, it becomes the problem.  Addiction doesn’t happen with the first pain pill someone takes, or their first glass of wine, or the first joint they smoke.  When the substance is perceived to solve the problem, it becomes the “go to” solution each time the problem arises.  The solution, at first, is effective and has become a dependable friend.

The friend eventually becomes an enemy. 

After injuries from the accident heal, the physical withdrawal from the pain pills can best be avoided by taking another pain pill.  Alcohol begins to take the edge off other life discomforts and has become a daily “solution”.  The crowd goes on from pot to harder drugs, and the need for those drugs becomes physical, and the need must be met, even if you are no longer a part of the crowd.  Those traumatic memories continue to pop up, and more of the substance of choice is needed to make them go away.

An old quote says, “addiction tells you that you aren’t addicted.” 

There is a lot of truth in the saying because addiction can be, and usually is, denied for a long time.  But addiction typically occurs when the solution becomes the problem.

The usual progression of addiction may include trying to keep family members from knowing how much you are drinking or using, engaging in risky behaviors to keep your supply of substance available, minimizing the amount you are using, or denying to others and yourself that your solution has become a real problem.

Fortunately, there is a real solution!

Speak with an Addiction expert now! Call (855) 433-4480

Fortunately, there is a real solution to the problem of addiction. 

Holistic substance abuse treatment doesn’t focus just on sobriety.  It focuses on the original problem that substance use was attempting to solve, and helps the individual to find healthy ways of dealing with those issues. 

Gulf Breeze Recovery is a non-twelve step, holistic, substance abuse rehabilitation program that recognizes the importance of addressing issues that led to addiction.  Groups, classes and individual counseling sessions educate to promote long-term sobriety.  People are recognized as being more than their addiction and are encouraged to reach their potential, to THRIVE®, in a caring, respectful environment, and are offered a true solution to the real problem.

Considering Treatment?

If you or a loved one are considering rehabilitation or suffering from substance abuse, please contact our facility to talk with our highly skilled and trained recovery professionals. Gulf Breeze Recovery is changing the future of addiction treatment with the THRIVE® program focused on overcoming chronic relapse. For more information about our program or to speak with an Addiction's expert call (855) 433-4480  or contact us

The Innocence of Addiction.

Photo of pills for blog article on non-12 step treatment facility Gulf Breeze Recovery

Many times people begin to use substances for a good reason, as a way to fill a legitimate need. 

Perhaps an accident resulted in physical issues where pain relief is a needed and prescription pain medication is the solution for the pain.  Someone uncomfortable in social situations may discover that a few drinks gives them the courage to interact with people and feel more at ease.  Sometimes a young person feels the need to fit in and be a part of the crowd and so they begin to use like their friends do.  A person who has experienced a traumatic life event, might find that substance use helps them forget, temporarily, the event that haunts them.  Each of them finds a solution, and for a while it works.

Regardless of the problem that was temporarily addressed by their “solution”, with continued use, it becomes the problem.  Addiction doesn’t happen with the first pain pill someone takes, or their first glass of wine, or the first joint they smoke.  When the substance is perceived to solve the problem, it becomes the “go to” solution each time the problem arises.  The solution, at first, is effective and has become a dependable friend.

The friend eventually becomes an enemy. 

After injuries from the accident heal, the physical withdrawal from the pain pills can best be avoided by taking another pain pill.  Alcohol begins to take the edge off other life discomforts and has become a daily “solution”.  The crowd goes on from pot to harder drugs, and the need for those drugs becomes physical, and the need must be met, even if you are no longer a part of the crowd.  Those traumatic memories continue to pop up, and more of the substance of choice is needed to make them go away.

An old quote says, “addiction tells you that you aren’t addicted.” 

There is a lot of truth in the saying because addiction can be, and usually is, denied for a long time.  But addiction typically occurs when the solution becomes the problem.

The usual progression of addiction may include trying to keep family members from knowing how much you are drinking or using, engaging in risky behaviors to keep your supply of substance available, minimizing the amount you are using, or denying to others and yourself that your solution has become a real problem.

Fortunately, there is a real solution to the problem of addiction. 

Holistic substance abuse treatment doesn’t focus just on sobriety.  It focuses on the original problem that substance use was attempting to solve, and helps the individual to find healthy ways of dealing with those issues. 

Gulf Breeze Recovery is a non-twelve step, holistic, substance abuse rehabilitation program that recognizes the importance of addressing issues that led to addiction.  Groups, classes and individual counseling sessions educate to promote long-term sobriety.  People are recognized as being more than their addiction and are encouraged to reach their potential, to THRIVE®, in a caring, respectful environment, and are offered a true solution to the real problem.

Considering Treatment?

If you or a loved one are considering rehabilitation or suffering from substance abuse, please contact our facility to talk with our highly skilled and trained recovery professionals. Gulf Breeze Recovery is changing the future of addiction treatment with the THRIVE® program focused on overcoming chronic relapse. For more information about our program or to speak with an Addiction's expert call (855) 433-4480  or contact us

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