How to Recognize Addiction and Start a Healing Process

Do you know what’s the biggest problem with addiction? It’s accepting the fact that you need help and that you have a serious problem. Ask yourself if you’re satisfied with your current situation. After acknowledging that there might be better ways to spend your days, it’s time to turn for professional help. It might be your friend that has a problem, but you won’t notice it until you pay close attention to his or hers behavior. Here is how to spot addiction and help them start the healing process.

Denying the Obvious

The first symptom of addiction is denying the obvious. If you openly ask them if they consider that they have a problem and the answer is no, your first step to help them understand the gravity of the situation. Make them realize that they are denying the problem exist and that its causing them more harm than good. After you’ve managed with this, it’s time to continue to next step.

Not Seeing the Truth

Try to explain how their life turned for worse and show your side of the story. How you perceive them and how his or her friends perceive their actions and behavior may help them understand that they have a problem. Help them remember how things were before this period, and what type of person they were then. Once they compare and see it with their own eyes, they’ll start to think differently. This is a guarantee. So find the best approach to convince them that things can change for the better and that only with the help of others the can start the healing process.

Support Centers and Online Forums


There is plenty of online courses that can help with overcoming addiction. But you can’t do this for them; they need to attend rehab meeting and involve themselves in this process. The decision must come from them. The only thing that you can do as a friend or family member is to make them realize that.

Your Own Battle

Again, if you’re the one that’s having this type of problem, you need to understand a couple of things. First off, this is your own battle. No one can help you but yourself. You are your judge, executioner but also your savior and healer. Think about your problems and find a way to deal with them. Next, try to understand your problem and find the source of it. Once you’ve done this, it will be only a matter of time before you start to feel well again. Remember that your own methods of dealing with this problem are the best ones, so take advice but don’t take anything for granted. Once you’re aware of the problem and determined to fix it nothing can stop the healing process and your eventual well-being. Create and elaborate plan to help yourself approach the problem and deal with it one step at a time.