The death toll from drug overdoses continues to rise all across our country as a result of the epidemic we are currently facing. Authorities project that the problem will continue to escalate with no end in sight. The shocking statistics and heartbreaking stories that are coming out leave one asking, “What is being done to begin to stop this epidemic?”
The good news is that while we can’t solve this HUGE problem overnight, people are starting to take steps:
Authorities are investigating and taking legal action against individuals and treatment programs that are taking advantage of those suffering from drug and alcohol addiction. (unfortunately, the corruption in this industry is sad but widespread – be diligent about the care you seek for yourself or your loved one)
Opiod Task Forces are forming to brainstorm and collaborate on possible solutions.
Police Departments and Fire Departments are being trained to recognize addiction and treat overdoses – saving many lives.
News Channels all across the country are covering stories that shine a light and create awareness of the problem.
While these are all important steps we are still left with how to adequately and appropriately help those suffering from the disease of addiction and substance abuse.
I believe that quality care and effective treatment happens when we change our focus, and start asking different questions. For example, are we ready to focus on the demand and not just the supply? Are we finally ready to start focusing on the solution of drug and alcohol addiction? The clue to the solution can be found in an old phrase in the recovery world, "Egomaniac with an inferiority complex?"
For there to be adequate care given to the addict and alcoholic we have to confront and deal with the “inferiority complex” that exists inside every addict and alcoholic. The “inferiority complex” is the true cause of the addiction and unless addressed the disorder will continue, and possibly even end up killing the individual.
The issue for every addict or alcoholic is what they think about their value and worth as a human being, in other words the issue lies in their self-esteem. The relationship between drug and alcohol addiction and poor self-esteem is the key to helping addicts and alcoholic be able to live life on life’s terms.
The only way to help an addict or alcoholic begin to transform their life is to directly confront the issue of poor self-esteem, this is a great deal of work and takes courage on the part of the therapist and the individual. The therapist will have to face a great deal of resistance that comes from the ego trying to prevent the individual from being vulnerable. However these feelings have to be brought to the surface and then addressed, and the ego is working to prevent this. Progress may tend to happen slowly, but not to confront this issue is to allow the ego to continue to run the show.
When you talk about a person’s self-esteem you are also referring to their self-image. Even when negative, it is human nature to want to keep what we have, to hold on to the “known”, so giving up even a negative self-image can be a fearful task.
The magic happens when you stay with it long enough for the feelings to be confronted and brought to the surface, it is then that the individual can create a new and more positive view of self, to have positive self-esteem.
I believe that positive affirmations can be one of the most effective tools to help an individual transform their life and start to create a positive view of themselves. I also believe that using positive affirmations with therapeutic relaxation music allows this healing process to be enhanced and strengthened. Using positive affirmations is a way of helping the individual to reinvent themselves, to create a new and more positive view of themselves. Create a list of positive "I am" statements and start to practice them daily.