There are many types of addiction but they all have similarities in presentation. Addiction is defined by having the craving to use. It is also mostly…

There are many types of addiction but they all have similarities in presentation. Addiction is defined by having the craving to use. It is also mostly a behavioral problem not a psychological issue. One thing to keep in mind is that if you had one parent that has addiction issues then you are four times as likely to struggle with this problem. Also, if both of your parents have dealt with addiction then you are eight times as likely to have the same issue. As both of my parents have trouble with addiction I have to be extremely careful since I know already that this is a struggle for me. Anyone reading this should also understand, that having addiction means you have cravings even and especially while not using. These cravings persist well after we who battle addiction have quit following its vicious cycle. The most important step in getting rid of addiction is to accept that you have a problem. After this one must actively pursue the treatment of it. A key role to pursuing sobriety is to recognize what triggers the craving. Once this is accomplished one can better orchestrate their life so as to avoid scenarios that subject us to our triggers. However, being triggered is inevitable. Therefore, the only way to accomplish long lasting sobriety is to be able to cope when one is triggered. How one goes about this differs between people and there is not a “one size fits all” solution. Just remember the power is in your choice.
– Kevin