The Challenges of Asking for Addiction Support

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Those facing addiction recovery and dealing with the physical symptoms of substance abuse are also dealing with the mental symptoms — the feelings and emotions that come with having a substance abuse problem. These emotions can make it difficult to ask for help. The stigma in today’s world with asking for addiction support or going to an addiction treatment center like Gratitude Lodge can be brutal. It makes the victim shy away from the idea of seeking help because they wish to avoid any feelings of shame and insecurity.

The Social Stigma

Stigma is a negative belief or view on a certain topic or a group of people. With addiction, the stigma surrounds the victim’s behavior that stems from the use of drugs and alcohol. These victims are given the “less than” image because these behaviors can come across as out of control or erratic.

Also, victims tend to be blamed for their addiction disease; the idea is there that they should be able to control it. When they can’t control it, then it is seen as a sign of weakness or a character flaw. But modern medicine has since come to the conclusion that addiction is a complex brain disorder with behavioral components, making it impossible for an addict to control on their own.

Shame and Guilt

Shame and Guilt

As a victim of substance abuse, it can be difficult to finally come to terms with having a problem. Once you do, the first thing you should do is tell someone — but that can bring out the emotions of shame, embarrassment, and guilt. Because of the negative stigma surrounding addiction, it’s impossible to know how people will react to you suffering an addiction or seeking to enter addiction recovery.

  • Will loved ones look down on me?
  • Will my family disown me?
  • Will those closest to me stop supporting me?
  • Will friends avoid me?

Feelings of shame essentially tells the victim they were foolish and don’t deserve any good as a result of their behavior. Shame can be tricky for those who have entered an addiction treatment center because that feeling is difficult to get over. Accepting the fact of your own guilt makes the shame fade a little easier over time. Addiction recovery at Gratitude Lodge can help with those feelings of guilt and help you come to a place of accepting and dealing with your guilt.


Denial occurs when a victim of substance abuse denies that they have a problem. Denial breeds negative coping behaviors, including:

  • Minimizing – the act of making the problem smaller than it is; telling others that they are blowing the problem out of proportion
  • Rationalizing – trying to make the problem make sense, giving the impression that what they are doing is just helping them get through a stressful situation
  • Self-deception – when the victim convinces themselves that what they are doing is not that bad or that it is harmless

Denial can be one of the hardest emotions to overcome because it may be hard to realize they truly have a problem. They have spent so much time trying to prove to others that they do not have a problem, they have been successful in convincing themselves. Counseling/therapy through a credentialed addiction treatment center is one of the best options for overcoming denial.

Insecurity and Self-Worth

Insecurity occurs when a person lacks confidence in oneself or they don’t trust themselves. The ideas of self-worth and self-doubt start to creep into a person struggling with an addiction. One who may be considering entering an addiction treatment center wonders if they have the confidence or are strong enough to complete the treatment.

A lack of confidence makes it hard for a victim to want to enter a treatment center. Insecurities can also lead a person into addiction. Someone who is struggling with self-esteem issues can turn to drugs and alcohol as a coping mechanism. Someone who is dealing with self-worth issues has a hard time gaining the confidence it takes to enter an addiction recovery center.



Someone going through the emotions of addiction may come to the conclusion that there is no hope for them. In their mind, they have reached the point of no return. They don’t think they will be able to overcome this addiction and there is no way that they will be able to return to a normal life. They begin to alienate themselves from others and end up with these feelings of being trapped and impending doom. They don’t feel the motivation to seek the help they need.

Gratitude Lodge Addiction Treatment Center

These challenges can be difficult but they are possible to overcome. It starts with realizing the problem and telling a trusted family member or friend. From there, seek out an addiction treatment center like Gratitude Lodge. We have treatment programs to specifically suit your needs and get you back to a normal life.

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