Compassion for Drug and Alcohol Addicts
Alcohol and drug addiction is a disease of the brain; many who suffer from the disease experience personality fragmentation, health problems and estrangement from family and friends, among other symptoms. At Nova we practice compassion in treatment; we’ve found it’s the quality that people benefit from and sense most during the intensely emotional self-discovery process.
Are you an Addict?
It is something you did not cause, and that you cannot control. And, most importantly, although addiction to alcohol or drugs cannot be cured, it can be treated.
Chemical dependency can be hard to self-diagnose, as you may be convinced there’s nothing wrong. When your brain is “hijacked” by the disease, denial is common, and you may feel anger, a will to blame others or perform self-destructive behaviors when confronted with the possibility of facing your addiction.
At Nova, we want you to understand that there is hope.
Through compassion and proven addiction treatment methods, we can guide you to an abstinent life, free of substance dependence. We will help you recognize that alcoholism and drug addiction is a diseases that cannot be controlled by your will alone.
Treatment is a lifelong process that requires dedication, commitment and a willingness to participate.
Are You a Family Member or Friend of an Addict?
As a family member or friend of someone suffering from addiction, it is difficult to understand the disease of alcohol and drug addiction, its causes and how it can affect one’s life.
You may often ask yourself such questions as:
- How can anything be more powerful than the love for a spouse or children, than dedication to a career, than the simple love of life?
- What could cause such good people to act so irresponsibly?
Although the signs of addiction are obvious to you, your family member or friend may be convinced that there’s nothing wrong in spite of overwhelming evidence to the contrary.
In the face of this progressive disease, your loved one develops intractable denial, which may be supported by anger, blaming others and self-destructive behaviors.