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We are sure you have heard people spout out the advice that ‘all you need is willpower’ to stop taking drugs or alcohol. This advice is utterly incorrect. Afterall, addiction is a disease, not a choice.
One cannot ‘will’ away the disease of addiction in the same way one cannot ‘will’ away other diseases such as cancer or HIV.
Willpower infers that you have the tools to overcome addiction without the need to reach out to others.
Many highly effective organisations such as SMART Recovery and Alcoholics Anonymous have proliferated largely due to the fact that addiction is best defeated when tackled collectively. These fellowship meetings are the antithesis of ‘just relying on willpower’.
When it comes to overcoming addiction, willpower rarely works. If you are waiting for willpower to cure your addiction to drugs or alcohol, then you may be waiting for some time. We wouldn’t recommend you wait for willpower to work, because it is likely that it will not, and during this time it's also likely your body and mind will suffer from irreversible damage at the hands of your addiction.
We are not writing off the power of willpower in a general sense. Willpower may help you pass that exam, get that dream job or help you through that marathon finish line, but it’s unlikely to help you stop drinking or taking drugs. This reality is often hard to swallow for people who do happen to have a lot of willpower.
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At Rehab 4 Alcoholism, we specialise in assisting you in selecting effective addiction treatment in your local area. We achieve this aim by relying on our network of treatment providers who operate across the United Kingdom.
Once you are given the effective tools to overcome your addiction, you will then be able to use your willpower to implement these tools on a daily basis.
You can contact our helpline today on 0800 111 4108. Alternatively, contact us through our on-site contact form.
Merely using your willpower to say ‘no’ to alcohol and drugs is a reduction to the absurdity. Instead, apply your willpower to the carrying out of effective and tangible addiction treatments.
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