The New Year brings the desire to change bad and even life-threatening habits and dependencies on substances such as drugs and alcohol.
Identifying why you want to change is key to moving forward, according to experts in The Daily Item.
Men who drink two drinks a day and women who drink at least one drink every day could have an addiction problem and should seek help through substance abuse counseling, they said. A detoxification process led by a professional is necessary to break the chemical dependency.
People with an addiction to alcohol need to understand that identifying and acknowledging the problem puts them in control of getting better, said Laura Campbell, psychologist at Geisinger Health System.
She said addictive behavior stems from not dealing with negative emotions or hurts and instead using substances to avoid dealing with them.
Experts say the hardest pat about changing behavior, whether it’s an addiction to drugs or alcohol, food or cigarettes, is that the change has to come from within.
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