Monday, September 5, 2016

STAGES OF ADDICTION: Addictions develop in stages. By Robert Frank Mittiga Recovery Coach


The Stages Of Addiction

There are six stages of addiction.

Stage ONE is learning. We discover an addiction as a survival skill, a coping mechanism. Often, this discovery is made in childhood.

Some addictions aren’t discovered until adolescence or later in life. We find some way to distract us from our pain, something that helps us survive or cope with the emptiness of self, with our fears and anxieties.

After learning how to distract from this pain we move into the seeking stage 2. We establish a trust, a relationship, a belief system that the addiction will work for us.

WE establish patterns and begin the rituals of addiction, seeking it and looking for new experiences with it.

The THIRD stage is harmful dependency. The addiction has escalated, the rituals have become elaborate and rigid. Preoccupation becomes obsession and trust becomes a blind faith that the addiction will take care of us. The high of the addiction is now an attempt to cope and feel normal. Harmful consequences come in this stage.

Stage FOUR is the controlling stage. We try to reduce the addiction and its impact on our lives. We cut down, we make decisions to stop, we go on diets, we quit for Lent or we change the relationship. In this control stage, we often switch to a new addiction. Quit smoking and start shopping. Quit drinking and start abusing food. Quit gambling and start spending or overworking. We may concentrate on one addiction and ignore the others. We usually control our addictions for a time, but go back to the harmful dependency.

Eventually we hit the acute stage. We lose important things in our lives and our priorities are affected. We may suffer a loss of family, friends, health, self respect, money or job. We lose our values, spirituality and sexuality.

Finally the chronic stage of addiction is met when we’ve lost all of the above. We’ve truly hit rock bottom. In our culture we have a belief system about when we can intervene with an addict. We believe we have to wait until the addict is completely broken and they have to want to help. An addict who has hit bottom often has nothing to recover for. There is so much despair and helplessness that they do not want help and sometimes can’t be given help.

If YOU or someone you love or care about is in the grips of any addiction call us today for specialist help and guidance. CALL US TODAY for your own private and confidential RECOVERY COACH.
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