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Should I Blame Myself for My Addiction?

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Many people like to play the blame game when it comes to addiction. Well, some people may say, “If the person never started using substances in the first place, they never would have developed a dependence on them”. While this may be true, it is never as easy as this statement. Of course, abstinence is the best way to avoid developing an addiction. However, we know that preaching abstinence only harms people because there is no actual education being given. Arbor believes that you should not blame yourself for your addiction. There are many factors in play, and beating yourself up over a disease isn’t the way to go if you want to get help.

Don’t Beat Yourself Up

After a long and late night of using substances, many people wake up feeling guilty and ashamed for what they have done. You may wake up feeling poorly and promise yourself you’re going to stop. You’ll do your very best, but chances are you will find yourself in the same position in the near future. Instead of beating yourself up over this, remind yourself that you are doing the best that you can. Remind yourself that you are not weak for reaching out for help. Addiction is a disease and you can benefit greatly from professional help.

Addiction Is a Disease

Just like heart disease or diabetes, addiction is a disease and those suffering from it need and deserve help. Just like other diseases, there is a genetic component to addiction. Just like other diseases, there is an environmental component to addiction. This is often referred to as epigenetics. The combination of genetics and experiences play a huge role in developing an addiction, meaning that you are not to blame for your addiction. For example, you may be exposed to substances at a young age. Because the brain of an adolescent is not fully developed, they are more susceptible to making decisions without thinking about the potential consequences. If this person who is exposed to substances at a young age also has a gene variant that increases addiction, they are more likely to develop a problem with substances. There are so many factors that go into the disease of addiction. You are not to blame.

The Arbor Behavioral Healthcare is here to help you learn to deal with your addiction in a safe and healthy way. We want you to know that you are not to blame. Call our trained and experienced staff now at (844) 413-2690. We can’t wait to speak with you and get you the help you need today.