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5 Examples of Poor Advice Addicts Often Hear: Here’s What to Do Instead

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Everybody has some habits, some of which are good and others that have devastating consequences. Regardless of how good or bad the habits are, they are quite hard to break. The situation worsens if a person has engaged in those habits for years and wants instant results. So how can people addicted to alcohol overcome this habit? They should try to understand the habit first and its underlying causes. This is why some patronising tips don’t work after a few weeks. However, people with addiction should not blame themselves if these generalised tips don’t work. This article lists these tips and explains why they usually don’t achieve long-term outcomes.

Willpower is enough to stay sober

This tip will probably work for a few weeks or months but might not have long-term results. Those who share such tips don’t really believe that alcohol addiction is a disease. They usually think that addicted individuals wish to drink and can resist that urge because of fear of the consequences. However, this fear is not enough to deliver long-lasting results. What happens is that the fear fades over time, making the addicted person consider drinking after a few months of sobriety. A good sobriety programme helps the person with a substance use disorder understand the sober living benefits and how life would change after recovery. These benefits should replace the fear and help them stay on course to enjoy positive results rather than avoid negative aspects.

Detox is only necessary for very serious cases

Some people caught up in addiction believe only severe cases need supervised detoxification. This is a sign of self-denial. Even those who have used alcohol for just a few years might experience severe withdrawal symptoms. Supervised detox increases comfort and improves the chances of long-term recovery.

Avoid spending time with friends who drink

Nobody wants to lose close friends or family to stay sober. That is why this tip has had little success. In fact, there are many paths to sobriety, which suggests that people with an addiction don’t necessarily have to adopt certain beliefs to succeed. In some cases, changing beliefs add pressure or discomfort to the addicted person, which could make them relapse.

Alcohol recovery patients should only pick beliefs that work for them, not the full package of beliefs. Doing so minimises pressure and helps the patient apply elements of the recovery programme that align with their personal or religious beliefs. Simply put, the patients should embrace what works for them and avoid what doesn’t. Avoiding friends who drink could lead to social isolation, which pushes many back to alcohol addiction.

One can only change after reaching the rock bottom

Some addicts change when they lose everything. However, a person with an addiction disorder can decide the point at which they should change. They can decide at any point that they have lost enough and are not ready to lose more. Waiting to hit rock bottom increases the recovery problems. Some give up before they manage to make the right adjustments to break free from addiction.

Life will be perfect after addiction recovery

Unrealistic expectations of how life will be after recovery could make recovering people with an addiction relapse. Some are disappointed when they don’t enjoy the perfect life they envisioned before starting their recovery journey. Since sobriety is a process, being sober is just the first step. Therefore, recovering addicts will face many challenges before achieving the perfect life they want. Instead of painting a picture of an ideal life, sobriety should be thought of as a life-long personal development journey.

These are some common tips people share with addicts, which hardly work. For lasting results, it is best to consider a supervised programme. The professionals running the programme help addicts adopt the right attitude to overcome challenges and achieve long-term results.




Tim Williamson, a psychology graduate from the University of Hertfordshire, has a keen interest in the fields of mental health, wellness, and lifestyle.

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