Trying to overcome an addiction of prescription drug abuse runs the same paths of torment that a victim passes trying to break free of his abductor. But the nature of dependency is self-destructive and not always easy to get rid of, especially if you do not have your loved ones around you or some medical help.
It is as if the person himself developed the Stockholm Syndrome, but instead of becoming attached to the kidnapper, he becomes attached to his addiction. Stockholm Syndrome is a particular psychological state developed by people who are victims of abduction, in which the victim develops feelings of loyalty to the abductor despite the dangerous situation he is in.
In the vast majority of addictions, some more destructive than others, the person is aware of how damaging it is to continue the bad behavior, which often can take a person’s life, or at least causes him great inconvenience in some areas of your life. However, the person lives between positive reinforcement (addiction) and punishment (he is aware of the bad lifestyle).
A drug addiction is therefore very challenging to stop, partly mind over matter, but also the difficulties of physical withdrawal symptoms. Given those factors, complete addiction recovery is possible, though.
Dependency behaviors have two things in common:
Having a helping hand while doing addiction recovery helps people reduce painful and distressing feelings. They are strongly influenced or controlled by a process of negative thoughts that both seduces the person to perform the behavior, and punished by giving in to temptation.
Addiction finds a pattern by which it enters directly into a person’s life, attracting and condemning, comforting, and destroying. This pattern, little by little, takes the person to exhaustion, consuming their energy, their functional resources, altering their reasoning, adulterating ideas and desires.
Conditioning occurs, one finds himself in a myriad of obstacles, sometimes unable to do what he intends, as if something were in charge of his life and he was in the vast majority of the time a mere spectator forced by an invisible force. This behavior is what happens with prescription drug abuse, which seems okay at first, but then becomes a real addiction that is extremely destructive, no matter how hard the person tries to get rid of it.
People who engage in drugs, alcohol, gambling, or who have an eating disorder, who struggle with any other addiction are acting according to the influences of a destructive thought process known as their inner voice. That is why they need real support to overcome prescription drug abuse.
The inner voice functions as a double-edged sword, sometimes it is affable, motivating and seductive, other times it is critical, atrocious and malicious. For example, if you struggle with an alcohol addiction, this inner enemy will try to seduce your “inner voice” to say that is OK to take just another sip or to take just one more pill. Having a counselor, sponsor, professional therapist, or family support can help to overcome those feelings.