It’s An Insidious Thing

Everyone faces this powerful and destructive force – you can fight it.

by John Vogt

Today’s special in-studio guest is Doug Candelario of Harbor Counseling. Doug and Home Page anchor John Vogt discuss the topic of addiction. Addiction comes in many forms, such as, but are not limited to alcohol, sugar, drugs, sex, gambling, exercise, computer, food, porn, and media. When you are addicted you just can’t walk away. Addiction is a powerful and destructive force that cost the addicted individual dearly.

Addiction can afflict anyone. Your son, daughter, neighbor, pastor, lawyer – nobody is immune this threat. “It’s us and the people we care about.” says Candelario.

Classic hallmarks of addiction include impaired control over substances or behavior, preoccupation with substance or behavior, continued use despite consequences, and denial. Habits and patterns associated with addiction are typically characterized by immediate gratification (short-term reward), coupled with delayed deleterious effects (long-term costs).

Doug also explains what happens in our brains when addiction takes place. Physiological dependence occurs when the body has to adjust to the substance by incorporating the substance into its ‘normal’ functioning. This state creates the conditions of tolerance and withdrawal. Tolerance is the process by which the body continually adapts to the substance and requires increasingly larger amounts to achieve the original effects. Withdrawal refers to physical and psychological symptoms experienced when reducing or discontinuing a substance that the body has become dependent on. Symptoms of withdrawal generally include but are not limited to anxiety, irritability, intense cravings for the substance, nausea, hallucinations, headaches, cold sweats, and tremors.

If you or a loved one struggle with the bondage of addiction Wellsboro Home Page encourages you to get help. Contact your pastor, share your problem with Mom or Dad or someone that you know has your best interest at heart. Consider contacting an organization like Harbor Counseling. They can be reached by phone at (570) 724-5272. Do what you have to do to get free. Stop falling for the lie that your mind is feeding you that you don’t really have a problem. You can get free. You can walk in victory reaching your full potential. Do you have dreams and goals that seem impossible to achieve because of your addiction? Your dreams can come true. Take the first step today – get some help.

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