Can the Obsession To Drink and Drug Really Be Removed?

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Written By: Lighthouse Editorial Team

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Last updated Jun 30, 2020 at 5:02PM | Published on Jan 20, 2020 | Drug & Alcohol Recovery, Types of Drug Addictions

The Obsession to Drink and Drug

Obsession To Drink Alcohol

After seeking treatment in a drug or alcohol rehab, does an addict lose their obsession to drink? An overwhelming obsession with drugs or alcohol is one of the trademarks of the disease of addiction. This obsession is hard to describe to non-addicts because it persists regardless of any negative consequences. Even addicts struggle to explain why they continue to obsess over drinking, after almost losing everything.

An obsession is all-encompassing. Generally, it overwhelms all thoughts and takes control of the mind. Obsessions also go far beyond reasonable interests or passions. They’re dangerous because they cause “normal” people to do things they never imagined they could. Nowhere is this more painfully apparent than in addiction.

How Can The Obsession To Drink Become Removed?

Generally, the obsession with the next drug can keep addicts suffering for a long time. Even early in treatment, the idea that this obsession to drink can vanish seems impossible. For addicts and alcoholics, there aren’t a ton of options without receiving quality addiction treatment. Generally, many addicts remain in denial regarding their drug or alcohol problem.

As a result, the addiction increases in severity over time. As the addiction gets worse, consequences begin to become more apparent. Generally, common consequences range from the addict experiencing withdrawal symptoms ( Learn More About Withdrawal Symptoms Here) to loss of job or employment status. 

The obsession to drink or use drugs isn’t removed by thinking it away, or figuring out why it’s there in the first place, but rather by moving forward, one day at a time, with the guidance and support of addiction professionals.

Treatment Options To Help Alcohol And Drug Addiction

When an addict decides they are willing to receive help for their drug or alcohol addiction, move quickly. Generally, the first step in overcoming an obsession to drink or use drugs is medical detox. Then, drug and alcohol rehab should focus on the core aspects of the individual’s specific needs. These specific core issues can range from mental health issues, a history of trauma, or family programming components.

Our Florida Drug Rehab provides access to specialty tracks on all of these treatment services. Because we focus on patient care, each patient develops their own individualized treatment plan upon admission to ensure they overcome addiction and are on their way to a life of recovery.

3 Common Triggers To Drink Or Use

HALT: Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired: The acronym HALT represents high-risk situations for addicts in recovery. You can be observant of preventing yourself from entering those states when you are aware of these feelings.

Emotions and Emotional Distress: Emotional and stressful situations often lead addicts to use alcohol or drugs. As a result, addicts must learn coping skills while in addiction treatment centers to process these emotions as they arise without the risk of using substances.

Boredom: A strong sense of boredom can quickly become a trigger and bring about an obsession to drink. Thus, filling free time with healthy and productive activities is the best way to reduce and minimize the risk of relapse.

The first step is always admitting there’s something wrong and accepting the help that change requires. Addicts and alcoholics can rest easy knowing that although change is painful, that a life of recovery is worth the effort.

Written By: Lighthouse Editorial Team

Our editorial team includes content experts that contribute to Lighthouse Recovery Institute’s blog. Editors and medical experts review our blogs for accuracy and relevance. We consistently monitor the latest research from SAMHSA and NIDA to provide you with the most comprehensive addiction-related content.
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