Have you ever felt like addiction has overtaken your life? Even if you’re not a person with substance use disorder, it is likely that someone you know or care about is. Their behavior may be heartbreaking. Understanding the person dependent on drugs or alcohol can be difficult. “Why do they act the way that they do?” “How can they live like that?” These are questions you may have asked yourself.
There is hope. For the past decade and a half, I have been involved in addiction recovery, observing addicts and conducting research in the field. My research looks at the processes people use to create completely changed lives that include lasting sobriety. I want to use my experience to help you find lasting recovery for yourself or a loved one who suffers from addiction.
Following are some of the important topics with which someone considering addiction treatment needs to be familiar.