|ARE YOU REALLY AN ADDICT?
For many of us, the concept of "addiction" is has lost all useful meaning. There was a time (no too long ago), when the image of an addict was very clear in the national consciousness. Addicts were grubby, purse-snatching, runny-nosed derelicts, always a moment away from the monstrous nightmare of withdrawal.
Thankfully, more and more people understand that is only a small part of the face of addiction. Education and personal stories in the press have allowed the public to see that addiction respects no race or socioeconomic status.
One unfortunate byproduct of this growing acceptance has been an increasing willingness for people to refer to just about anything as an "addiction".
The image of the addict has become so blurred that iIt seems almost anyone can be "addicted" to almost anything. Check with the media and you'll think we all are addicts:
- Bought an extra pair of shoes? Shop-a-holic.
- Overindulge and flirt with the boss's wife? Alcoholic
- Dating more than "normal"? Sex Addict
This label frenzy peaks in two areas which used to be miles and miles apart: the criminal justice system (especially in the field of adolescent behavior study) and the American media.
Even if you are currently using every day, don't be so quick to label yourself an addict. A Sober Coach can help you to determine whether you are an addict or an alcoholic, and can help you attack the problem, whatever it is, using a variety of techniques.
Daily, we hear of American citizens (from average to extraordinary) whose foibles are blamed on some "addiction" with obsessive-compulsive features. Whether these are kids going to juvenile hall for the first time, or celebrities whose apparent motto is "in vino veritas", te labeling can be as much hindrance as a help. Our Sober Coaching philosophy is that, quite often, there are underlying causes and conditions which are not easily digested in a media sound bite.
You can find out a lot more about yourself by refusing to label yourself so conveniently.
- Maybe you are an addict.
- Maybe you are an artist with a deep sensitivity.
- Maybe you are a survivor of traumatic childhood experiences.
- Maybe you have an undiagnosed organic mental or physical illness.
Whatever your individual circumstance, a Sober Coach can be your best advocate. A Sober Companion can help you stay clean, one day at a time. Our function is to help you get away from drinking & drugging long enough to find out who you really are, what you really want, and how to go about getting it. That's what we do.