Does having multiple addictions make it harder to recover?

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Brittneym101 - Expert in Alcohol/Drug Use
July 21st, 2015 11:26am
That just depends on the person and how much it has already affected your body and brain. Even though we all have the same body parts basically, our bodies don't work alike, for instance my heart beat/rate may be a lot faster or slower than yours. I believe that having multiple addictions can do some damage and make it harder for one to recover, but letting go of certain addictions aren't as hard as people make it out to be. There are lots of ways to overcome any addiction, you just have to be willing to make that change and stick with it. You can start by not buying whatever it is that you're addicted to whether it be weed, cocaine, meth, alcohol, pills or whatever it is that you may be addicted to. Make a list of the things that you need instead. You don't need drugs/alcohol, you just say that you do as an excuse to keep on doing it. Save money for a rainy day. When you go out, don't bring extra cash to feed your habits.
Randy1
February 5th, 2015 7:07pm
Not necessarily. Twelve step groups such as Narcotics Anonymous provide the same roadmap to recovery regardless of the substance or substances used. Consider giving yourself a break and attending a meeting. NA believes that supporting newcomers is one of their mandates, and you should be welcomed with open arms. Good luck to you!
Anonymous
April 15th, 2015 12:15am
Having Multiple addictions in my opinion does not make it any harder to recover. As long as you have surrendered all your addictions at the same time then your recovery begins at the same time with them all. Positive surroundings and a clean/sober support group make all the difference. Just be mindful of you recovery and stay focused on the "here and now' makes all the difference. Sure there will be regrets, but you've got deal with them right then and there, don't hold on to them. Live for the present and no the past. Don't play the "oh I am sick card". That was very important for me, not playing the sick card. It's easy to fall into a pity party. That's when that support group comes into play. Stay accountable to them and let them know where you are in your recovery every day. Meditate, pray, be open and honest, but most of all never forget to help others up from their rock bottom too.
Emotionalbalance
May 14th, 2015 10:15am
There is the physical dependency depending upon the type and amount of drugs one is taking. Sometimes the emotional reason for multiple addictions are related back to the same issue or issues.
cellardoor1985
June 15th, 2015 2:53am
I think addiction is idiosyncratic to each individual case, but multiple addictions can require additional layers to the wall of defense that is sobriety
shoshho
September 7th, 2015 7:44am
I believe it does mainly because you have to deal with more than one thing and a single addiction alone can be hard to concentrate on and get rid of
beautifulKoala31
December 29th, 2015 4:34am
Well at first i realize what is happening. After that i tell my self to think of a time where i am most at peace. Then i remember to breath through my nose and out through my mouth.
Lotus48
January 4th, 2016 1:09pm
Yes, because each addictions are treated differently, depending on the addiction. There are many addictions, and they all have different affects, therefore; it requires a change in a person's cognitive state and that can take more time to recover.
Anonymous
March 29th, 2016 1:16pm
Yes most certainly it will be a struggle, recovery is individual for each person and dealing with it is a lifetime not just a week or two. This is why you have to take one day at a time.
intellectualCoconut3476
May 7th, 2016 6:59am
I would say yes. Instead of being able to work on one addiction recovery, you have more possibility of backsliding with multiple addictions.
helpfulButterfly84
August 16th, 2016 2:27pm
Try to focus on one addiction at a time and work on it slowly. Working on multiple at a time can be very difficult.
Anonymous
August 22nd, 2016 8:03pm
Having Multiple addictions in my opinion does not make it any harder to recover. As long as you have surrendered all your addictions at the same time then your recovery begins at the same time with them all. Positive surroundings and a clean/sober support group make all the difference. Just be mindful of you recovery and stay focused on the "here and now' makes all the difference. Sure there will be regrets, but you've got deal with them right then and there, don't hold on to them. Live for the present and no the past. Don't play the "oh I am sick card". That was very important for me, not playing the sick card. It's easy to fall into a pity party. That's when that support group comes into play. Stay accountable to them and let them know where you are in your recovery every day. Meditate, pray, be open and honest, but most of all never forget to help others up from their rock bottom too.
Ariel278
August 25th, 2016 4:44pm
The key is in the last and final addiction given up. Addicts don't want to let go. They will say "i stopped this that and the other thing, so this last thing is not a big deal". In my opinion, multiple addictions will mean it will take longer to recover.
InPerfectSerenity
July 4th, 2017 12:54pm
I would imagine so. From what I understand, if you are a recovering alcoholic who also smokes weed.. the weed may impair your judgement and make you more susceptible to reverting back to the alcohol. However, I do know from experience that each individual and each addiction is completely different and there cannot be a one size fits all answer concerning addictions.