Consider addiction as an abusive partner. After the novelty wears off, the red flags of an unhealthy relationship come to light – poor communication, controlling behavior, and gaslighting, to name a few. Let’s explore.
Addiction and Poor Communication
Addiction does not care about who you are a person. It does not care about your emotional wellness. In fact, addiction would rather you keep quiet and suppress your feelings. Addiction will not be a listening ear. When you need support, addiction will simply give you the cold shoulder.
Addiction Controls Your Behavior
Addiction demands all of your time and attention; it is a selfish partner. It will keep you from your loved ones, passions, and responsibilities, demanding to be your sole focus. Addiction will argue that it does allow some freedoms, of course. The freedom to spend money on it, for example, and the freedom to experiment with other substances, because your relationship with addiction is not an exclusive one.
Addiction Will Gaslight and Manipulate You
Addiction wants you to doubt your ability to find purpose and meaning. It wants you to believe that this is all you are good for and manipulate you into feeling guilty if you think differently. Addiction would have you think that your relationship is a positive one; that you deserve it. “I make you happy, right? I make you feel good, and I’m always here for you when you need me.”
End Your Toxic Relationship With Addiction
When any relationship ends, mourning is natural. When you break up with addiction, mourning will become part of the healing process. But this will set the stage to fully commit to the “new you.” Memories of the good ‘ole times will occasionally come to mind, but rather than entertain them, reframe your thinking to consider the memories of those not so good times – arguments with loved ones, your first DWI, when you were sick in bed due to withdrawal.
Schedule a callback today and let us help you end this toxic relationship. Our unique approach, coupled with aftercare and Naltrexone therapy, has helped thousands of people free themselves from addiction.
Because you deserve better.
Erin Short, LCADC