Stepping Into Recovery

Do I Need Help?

Co-occurring disorders and addiction touches every area of our life and recovery must also. It begins with rebuilding trust and intimacy with your self and with others. When substance abuse and underlying disorders have taken control of our lives we feel separated from ourselves and from those we love. Integrative treatment for co-occurring disorders and addiction, also known as dual diagnosis, helps us find a way to connect again to ourselves, to others and to our spiritual or larger self.

Addiction is a powerful disease especially when combined with co-occurring disorders. Integrative treatment that addresses addiction and underlying causes is needed to ensure successful and ongoing recovery after treatment. It is so forceful that is often convinces us to lie to others and ourselves. Before depression, PTSD, anxiety, schizophrenia and other disorders can be deal with we must learn to recognize the common signs of addiction is because the disease is usually linked to traits of denial. Most drug addictions start with experiential use in social situations or to medicate an underlying problem, but it slowly takes ahold of your life and creates a dependency.

Many people believe they are in the “recreational use” phase and will excuse their behaviors, but it important to be honest with yourself if you are currently using. If you are finding it increasingly difficult to go without the substance—it may be time to seek professional help.


How fast you become dependent on a drug varies, but some of the common symptoms and behaviors linked to addiction include:

  • Feeling that you have to use the drug on a regular and consistent basis?
  • Having intense urges for the drug or substance?
  • Needing more of the substance to have the same effect it once did?
  • Engaging in risky behavior such as theft or driving under the influence?
  • Spending money on the drug, even if you don’t have the extra funds?
  • Neglecting obligations to family, job and your social community?
  • Doing things to get the drug you normally wouldn’t do?
  • Devoting more and more time to acquire and use the drug?
  • Failing in attempts to stop using?
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when you stop using?

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, contact us for an assessment to help get a better understanding of your current drug-use. It is important to be honest with yourself while answering these questions to get the best results. It can be difficult to admit you are struggling with addiction, but this is a problem that affects a large percentage of our population—you are not alone.


You don’t have to let addiction and mental health disorders take control of your life. Now that you have come to the realization that the addiction disease is affecting you—you must now admit that you are powerless. Addiction is forceful and will take over every aspect of your life. You do not have the ability to overcome this on your own, so it is important to seek the help you need. Most abusers will try to convince themselves that they have the ability to cure their issue with drugs or alcohol on their own or that it is not a real problem. This is a false illusion.

Holding a dandelion wishing for help and recovery

Examples of denial are:

  • Minimizing
  • Rationalizing
  • Forgetting
  • Self-deception
  • Repression

Don’t let your addiction deceive you. A better life is possible away from the use of drugs or alcohol. It’s time to confront your denial and addictions and take control of what is yours. Denial is the ultimate defense mechanism, and it is part of an automatic psychological process designed to protect the human psyche from pain. To help stop denial at its root, here are some ways to deal with your substance abuse problem:

    1. Find someone you can trust to talk to about your issue that isn’t directly involved with your addiction or struggles. You want to be able to talk openly about your issues without getting any judgment. If you cannot think of someone, consider joining a support group.
    2. Start to honestly communicate your feelings about your struggle with addiction. Do you have fears, emotions, pain, or guilt?
    3. Work to identify your irrational beliefs about the situation. Are you convincing yourself that you will get better on your own?
    4. Start a journal where you can document your honest feelings and worries that you can reflect back on.
    5. Identify what is influencing the root of your problem & admit you are currently not in control.


Breaking through the root of denial is the first step towards your recovery. What’s next? It is important to seek out the help of a professional. An experienced rehabilitation staff will help equip you with the tools for long-term success and sobriety. You don’t have to do this on your own—don’t let your addiction become a burden on your life. Let the experts lift the weight off your shoulders as you seek the healing you need to recover.

If you or someone you know is suffering from the reigns of addiction and co-occurring disorders, it’s not too late to seek help.

Call Voyage today for more information regarding our treatment center in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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