Thought: ‘Someone cares that you show you care.’

Addictions UK uses Twitter to share inspirational Thoughts every day. This article is based on one of them. Follow us at @addictionsuk.

illustrationIt is human nature to feel the need to be cared for. As children we are dependent on our parents and the sense of needing support and comfort is something that remains with each of us for ever.

Alcohol addiction, drug addiction and other addictions can lead to an intense feeling or isolation, not least when we are desperately trying to exclude those around us from finding out the truth about our problems.

What is true of you is true of others. Those near to you (in any sense) will be eager for recognition and support. Whether they be workmates or family or friends, there are people who look to you to notice them and help them.

For most addicts the attention and advice of fellow recoverers and mentors (who are usually themselves recovering addicts) is a vital part of the plan for progress.

So take a moment to consider and list the people who depend on you for any sort of care, all the way from a little attention as you pass them to buy to the family and friends who feel they cannot cope without you. And remember how grateful you are for those who care about you and ask yourself is there is more you could do to express than gratitude.

Often those you care for and those who care for you are the same people and it’s easy to focus on strengthening the mutual bonds.

Please contact us now if you need help with recovery from any addiction and especially if you are seeking home-based treatment.

Thought: ‘Self-loathing is a form of self-indulgence.’

Addictions UK uses Twitter to share inspirational Thoughts every day. This article is based on one of them. Follow us at @addictionsuk.

illustrationIf you think that you are the worst human who ever lived, you need to learn a little humility.

Stop chasing titles and accolades, even those negative ones, and face the fact that you are just another person who makes mistakes.

Your problems are real. The challenges you face are enormous. Sometimes you will need all your courage to confront them and all of your strength to fight them. No-one could be in greater danger or have more to do to escape it.

But no-one is, from time to time, in any less danger or finding life easier.

For each and every one of us the problems are sometimes overwhelming and dealing with them is as much as we can manage.

So two lessons emerge.

We need to escape the distraction of ranking ourselves and our problems and, with help from our friends and families, supporters and mentors, get on with the job of facing the issues and dealing with them.

We need to take strength from the Thought that whatever the difficulty and danger, others have faced it and got over with it. The boat may be rocking ferociously but we are all in the same one.

The realisation that you have an addiction to alcohol or drugs or some other substance or process may really get you down and facing the fact that addiction has caused you to make some awful mistakes is not a pleasant experience.

But you are human. People get it wrong. There is no absolute ranking of humanity into the best and the worst. Like everyone else you do good and bad and all sorts of external factors mitigate and explain (but rarely excuse) your failings.

And being human, you have the potential to face down your problems and deal with them.

You are not the worst human who ever lived, and you can become a better one.

Please contact us now if you need help with recovery from any addiction and especially if you are seeking home-based treatment.

Thought: ‘No risks means no progress. Poorly managed risks means disaster.’

Addictions UK uses Twitter to share inspirational Thoughts every day. This article is based on one of them. Follow us at @addictionsuk.

illustrationWhen disaster overtakes you, you have to do something. Whether it’s an accident or some natural event or your life’s in a mess, you need to take action.

You’re faced with the risks of the extremes. If you do nothing then nothing is going to change, certainly not for the better. And if things might get worse if you fail to act, they certainly will if you make the wrong decisions.

Of course it’s hard not to panic in the face of danger, whether it’s immediate or longer term and it’s all too easy to rush into hasty decisions, wrong decisions.

At least when the problem you are facing is addiction to alcohol or drugs or something else there is both time to consider your options and lots fo help available. Addictions UK, for instance, has a range of programmes to help you through recovery and many of them allow you to tackle your illness without giving up you work or going away from family and friends and the support they give you. We back you throughout with the support you need from medics and counsellors.

Abstinece and the Twelve Step Programme provide a tried and tested path to recovery. Let’s not pretend it is an easy one, but it works.

So don’t panic. Don’t give up hope and don’t rush into rash and ill-considered action. Get the help you need to assess the situation and make a plan for a rescued life.

Please contact us now if you need help with recovery from any addiction and especially if you are seeking home-based treatment.