Have you broke an addiction? Was it Alcohol or drug related? If so, How? And For how long were you addicted? I thought this post might be a nice way to show that it can be done.
I was addicted to drugs from the age of 18. I drank excessively from the age of 16. I stopped completely by the age of 26. I have never looked back.
Innicially I saw mental health workers and to break my addiction when It was at it's peak. Then slowly over a couple of years I stopped altogether just on my own. Couldn't be happier and have completely recovered and am studying accounting basics now which is something I could never see myself doing.
When I think about my cycle of Addiction, i see it stretching back farther than my substance use alone. I was addicted to masturbating when I was little. I was addicted to hurting myself and ciggarettes, and then I stopped cutting. But thats because I had started finding substances, anything I could try, and it phased out the old addictions (along with a new mind-set).
I currently have not overcome the problems that make me rely on addictions, but I am learning to live with them. To actually end the cycle of addiction completely seems impossible to me; if I ever think Im 'quitting something' its either because I already have something new or Im off trying to find it. Unconciously, of course.
So congrads to you, for your breaking of the cycle. Mine is very much unbroken, so far. For better or worse, I suppose.
I hear what you're saying. addictions are for some like you and me a result of some sort of issue which needs to be resolved. While i say i quit drugs and alcohol it doesn't mean I've resolved my issues. I have other addiction like food and now ciggarettes again cos i gained weight while off them. I have emotional issues but I think once you start to realise that you can make a slow maybe,recovery.I still haven't recovered from my issues. i don't even know how because for me I don't have much to be sad about as an adult but it's the things I never dealt with that are causing my issues. i was a "block it out type of girl" hey still am, nothings changes but I realised I don't have to punish myself with drugs and alcholol for something that was done to me. Something that was completely out of my hands.
anyhow my heart goes out to you. I feel like , and i may be wrong but that you've been badly hurt in one way or another.
You can get through it. You certainly are worth it. always rememeber you're number one in your life. only you (mainly you) can take care of you. you've got to learn to trsut yourself and even if you've wasted many yrs (like me) go out and be whatever it is you want to be. don't let this issue rob you of your life. It's your life. You can have anything you want. be true to yourself. be the person you really are.
You'll heal in time if you let yourself.