British actor and comedian Russell Brand once spoke with Oprah Winfrey about his problems with addiction. Brand said he had been sober for 11 years, and that he was able to beat his addictive patterns once he realized that each new substance or behavior he sought was an attempt to find an external solution for an internal problem.
Similarly, best-selling author and coach Michael Neill states in his latest book The Inside Out Revolution that, “The prevailing model in our culture is that our experience of life is created from the outside in—that is, what happens to us on the outside determines the experience we have on the inside.”
Explaining Addictive Behavior
Are there legitimate issues or problems that have to be dealt with in life? Yes, of course. Have some of these had a direct or indirect influence on substance abuse patterns? Absolutely. We’re not trying to reduce anyone’s strife as being insignificant. However, those outside circumstances cannot be the reason that someone continues abusing alcohol or other drugs.
Too many treatment programs try to explain addictive behavior as being more the result of external circumstances and genetic predisposition, yet if these were the actual causes then everyone experiencing those situations would become addicted as well—but they don’t. So what is different?
The difference is how people perceive and react to situations and their feelings, rather than recognizing that they are the source of their own feelings. We all view the content of our lives and the world around us differently, and by understanding the simplicity of the fact that our real experiences and perceptions come from within we can improve life by increasing our understanding of the fundamentals of living.
This allows for new insights and realizations about life to enter and change how we view and react to our circumstances. The real answers to an individual’s problems in life come from within, and sometimes it just takes the right environment or information to develop those insights. Some people might say this is an oversimplification, but a growing number of people from around the country who have ended their substance abuse problems through our program would beg to differ.
Why Addiction Treatment Centers Matter
Addiction is a serious problem that requires professional treatment. Addiction treatment centers provide the necessary resources to help people overcome their drug and alcohol addictions. These centers offer a variety of treatments, including counseling and therapy, to help people regain control of their lives.
People with addictions often feel ashamed and embarrassed. They may be reluctant to seek help, but they should remember that addiction is a treatable disease. Addiction treatment centers provide the support and care that people need to recover from their addictions. These centers can help people rebuild their lives and overcome their addictions.
Always remember that addiction and mental health issues are often intertwined. People with mental health issues are more likely to develop addictions, and people with addictions are more likely to have mental health issues.
There are a few reasons for this. First, certain drugs and alcohol can damage the brain, leading to mental health problems. Second, addiction can be a way of coping with stress or other mental health issues. And finally, addictive substances can change the way the brain works, leading to mental health problems.
In the end, effective addiction treatment can dig into why the addiction took place. In addiction, it can also help them develop coping mechanism to avoid relapse after treatment.
Get Help Today
When we think about addiction, what should we think about treatment? If people are only treating the symptoms or looking for external causes and triggers, there’s a problem. Essentially, they’re not getting finding the ultimate solution to their problem.
At Gulf Breeze Recovery, we work with people to help them find new understandings and uncover their true inner wisdom to lead a new life. In this new life, there isn’t any place for addiction. Call us today at 833.551.2304 for help.