Surrender to the disease: addiction

Surrender to the disease: addiction

As addicts, everyone experiences the pain, loneliness and despair of addiction. Many have done the unimaginable to control the consumption of drugs, they try to substitute some drugs for others, believing that there is only one problem with a particular drug, they limit the consumption of drugs to certain times and places, it is possible that at some point they have promised to stop using them completely; Addiction continues to progress, dominating even the best intentions.


  • 1 Addiction as a disease
  • 2 Denial of addiction
  • 3 The progress of addiction
  • 4 Face the truth
  • 5 Honesty and acceptance
  • 6 Surrender to symptoms

Addiction as a disease

Its progression can be fast or slow, but it is always downhill. As long as consumption continues, life will get worse and worse, it is impossible to describe addiction in a way that pleases everyone, however the disease generally affects the individual in three ways: mentally obsessed by the idea of ​​consuming They physically develop a compulsion that makes them continue to consume regardless of the consequences and spiritually during addiction the individual becomes totally self-centered. For many addicts it makes sense to see addiction as a disease, because it is progressive, incurable and can be deadly, unless stopped.

You have to deal with all aspects of addiction, not just your most obvious symptom: uncontrollable drug use. The aspects of the disease are numerous, everyone can discover how addiction affects him personally. Regardless of the individual consequences that addiction has on each individual, there are certain common characteristics that everyone shares. The first thing an addict should address is the obsession, compulsion and denial, what many have called a spiritual void. By examining in detail and recognizing all aspects of the disease, impotence begins to be understood. Many people have trouble understanding the idea that, as addicts, they are obsessive and compulsive. To think that word could be applied to an addict gives them chills. However, the obsession and compulsion they are aspects of impotence, you have to understand and recognize their presence in life so that admission and acceptance are complete. For an addict, obsession is that relentless flow of thoughts related to drug use, running out of them, getting more, and so on. You just can't take those thoughts off your mind. Compulsion is the irrational urge to continue using drugs, regardless of the consequences. It just can't stop.

The denial of addiction

Denial is the part of the disease that makes it difficult, if not impossible, to recognize reality. During addiction denial protects the individual from seeing what his life has become. The individual usually says that if the right circumstances occur, he can still control his life and consumption. As the addict is able to defend his actions, he refuses to take responsibility for the damage caused by his addiction. You may believe that if you try hard, if you substitute one drug for another, change friends, move out of residence, or employment, your life may improve; those excuses fail repeatedly, but the addict is still clinging to them. Despite the evidence, the addict can refuse to accept that he has a problem with drugs, they deceive themselves believing that they can consume again without problems, justify their actions despite the disaster created by their addiction.

The spiritual part of the disease, which they may only recognize as a feeling of emptiness or loneliness when trying stop the drug for the first timeIt may be one of the aspects of addiction that is more difficult. Since this part of the disease affects the individual in such a deep and personal way, they may be overwhelmed by the idea of ​​clinging to any recovery program. However, it is worth mentioning that no one recovers from addiction overnight.

The progress of addiction

As the effects of the disease begin to be observed, it can be determined that the life of an addict becomes ungovernable. It is determined in all things that go wrong. Again, the experiences are individual, and vary greatly from one addict to another. Some realize that their life has become ungovernable because their emotions are out of control or because they begin to feel guilty of drug use, some have lost everything: home, family, employment and self-esteem, others never learn from all to function as human beings, others spend long times in prisons or institutions, others have been very close to death. Whatever the individual circumstances, obsessive, compulsive and selfish behavior has ruled his life, and the end result has been ungovernability.

Many arrive in that state of total disaster without realizing the problem they have, due to the egocentrismThere are cases in which they are the last to know about their addiction, some enter a recovery program convinced by their relatives or friends, others by the judicial system, in any case the old illusions disappear. To be able to face the reality of addiction, just replace the denial with honesty. There are those who remember that moment of clarity when they saw their illness face to face. All the lies, all the claims, all the pretexts that had been used to justify where the drug use had pushed them stopped working. What they were and who they were more clear, you can no longer avoid the truth.

Face the truth

It is known that an addict cannot recover without the ability to be honest. Many arrive at any program after years of dishonesty; However, you learn to be honest and you have to start trying. Learning to be honest is an ongoing process, which must be practiced in absolutely all aspects of life. Everything has a beginning and in this case it is by admitting the truth of drug use and the problem you have with it, from there you start practicing the spiritual principle of honesty, that is when you start to admit the truth of one's own life The addict faces what he is and not what he could or should be. There are certain questions that can help the addict in this phase: can I control drug use? Am I willing to stop using? Am I willing to do what it takes to recover? This before the possibility of finding a new way of life or continuing in addiction.

You have to start freeing yourself from these hidden thoughts called reservations, you must clarify, identify and release; most have them, they can be of any kind, believe that they can use some type of drug because they never had problems with it, put conditions on the recovery process, such as staying without using only if their expectations are met, believing that they can still be get together with people related to your addiction, believe that it can be consumed again after a certain period of withdrawal, etc, etc. The most important thing to know about reservations is that by keeping them, a place is being set aside for relapse. It should be stressed that to begin a recovery process, stop using, total withdrawal from all types of drugs is the only way to overcome addiction; While abstinence is the beginning, the only hope of recovery is a deep emotional and spiritual change.

Honesty and acceptance

The addict must be willing to do whatever it takes to recover, in the process certain spiritual principles, such as honesty, acceptance and surrender; If these principles are practiced rigorously, they will transform the perception and the way of seeing life. When you start practicing these principles, you may find it spontaneous, to make the honest admission of the disease, it may require a calculated effort on your part. Even if addiction is admitted, the addict may still wonder if that is really going to work. Acceptance of the disease goes beyond conscious admission. When accepted, there is hope for recovery, one begins to believe at a deeper level that recovery is possible. The addict begins to get rid of his doubts and is truly adapting to his illness, open to change, there is surrender.

As the addict identifies with his illness, he discovers that surrender is not what he thought. In the past, I probably considered it as something that was only for the weak and cowardly. Only two options were seen, to continue struggling to control consumption or sink completely and for life to break apart. Little by little it is discovered that surrender implies abandoning reservations and being willing to approach life in a different way, the surrender process is completely individual, only the individual will know when he has achieved it. Emphasis is placed on surrender because it is precisely the key factor in any recovery process. When the individual surrenders to drugs he knows from the heart that he cannot with them and that his life is ungovernable before them, in a few words the life of the addict is dominated by drugs. Only then will the struggle cease and the individual will begin to experience a sense of relief.

Surrender to symptoms

As much as you have fought, you finally reach a point of surrender, in which the individual realizes that he cannot stop using drugs without help. They are able to admit helplessness in the face of addiction, they totally give up. The paradox of this admission is evident, as long as it is thought that drug consumption can be controlled, it will be almost obliged to continue consuming, as soon as it is admitted that it is impotent, one does not have to use it again. It is a pardon to the condemnation of having to consume, it is the greatest gift that can be received, because it can save life.

A new way of life that offers joy and happiness is beginning. However, recovery does not relieve pain. Living life as it is, combines moments of happiness with moments of sadness. Wonderful events are mixed with moments of pain, in the events of life the whole range of feelings will be experienced.

If one looks honestly at what an addict's life becomes, the impotence and ungovernability of his life will be recognized. If reservations are left behind, addiction is accepted and surrender is achieved; The hope of recovery will be experienced. The addict will realize that he can no longer continue as he was, he will be ready for a change and to try another way ...

Guaicaipuro López Cornejo