Scottsdale Rehab Discusses Self-Destruction and Addiction
You may have probably participated in self-destructive behaviors before; most people have at some point. Self-destructive habits are typically things we’ve learned as children and carry with us into adulthood. Most of the time, we don’t realize that are participating in these directly harmful thoughts or actions, and for most of us, they don’t cause any major harm to ourselves or others.
Addiction, however, is different.
Addiction is a type of self-destructive behavior that causes direct harm to our mental and physical health, which can cause us to lose jobs, relationships, and much much more. If you are suffering from an addiction, continue reading to learn more about the link between self-destruction and addiction, and how Desert Cove Recovery, a Scottsdale rehab center can help.
Self-destruction is defined as behavior that causes serious harm to oneself1. This broad definition can be broken down into several smaller habits, thought patterns, and actions that all lead to harm or self-sabotage. Below are a few examples of self-destruction2.
- Self-injury, such as cutting, burning, or hair-pulling
- Compulsive activities such as gambling
- Binge eating
- Risky or dangerous sexual behaviors
- Overusing or abusing drugs and alcohol
- Negative thought patterns such as chronic pessimism or negativity
- Self-deprecating thoughts, such as feelings of worthlessness, and self-loathing
- Chronic avoidance or procrastination
- People-pleasing behaviors
Self-destructive behaviors vary from person to person, but are always harmful, either directly or indirectly. For example, if you engage in negative self-talk, you are more likely to engage in behaviors that ‘prove’ you are right about yourself. So if you constantly tell yourself you will never amount to anything, you are likely to perform poorly at work and find it hard to get or keep a job.
Continued after video:
These behaviors and habits are most commonly formed subconsciously in childhood and become more prominent and obvious during adulthood. As children, we pick up on the habits of our parents, teachers, and other caregivers. Additionally, childhood abuse and trauma often cause us to begin engaging in self-destructive tendencies. Being raised in a stressful environment can cause you to suffer from anxiety as an adult, which may lead to self-harm, substance use, chronic procrastination, or other destructive habits.
The self-destructive habits we engage in often bring forth some type of endorphin rush, which tricks our brains into thinking we are doing something good or healthy. These rushes of endorphins keep us trapped in a cycle of self-destructive habits until we intentionally break free of them.
How are Self-Destruction and Addiction Connected?
One major form of self-destruction is substance abuse.
Typically speaking, addiction is a way of relieving overwhelming negative feelings of anxiety, depression, fear, or other emotional pain3. In some ways, self-destruction through addiction is obvious. It can lead to arrest, infections, and even death.
Sometimes, however, the self-destruction isn’t so obvious. If you engage in negative self-talk, drinking excessively or using drugs may be how you ensure the thoughts you are having are true.
For example, if you think to yourself, “I’ll never get that promotion; my boss hates me.” You may decide to get drunk the night before your interview to relieve some stress, and then perform poorly during the interview because you’re hungover. Then, you may experience feelings of shame and drink more to escape those feelings, and the cycle continues.
When you realize that you have been engaging in some of these behaviors it can become clear just how often we all engage in self-destructive behaviors.
How a Scottsdale Rehab Center Can Help Break the Cycle of Self-Destruction and Addiction
Addiction is a ‘quick-fix’ to numb emotional pain that can cause major damage in your life whether directly, or indirectly. If left untreated, addiction can truly ruin your life. Desert Cove Recovery can help. There are several ways we can help you break the cycle of self-destruction.
A safe, medical detox should be the first step in recovery. This is the best way to safely rid your body of toxins and clear your mind. You’ll feel rested, restored, and ready to tackle the next chapter of your life.
Recovery from addiction goes beyond stopping the use of substances. This program will treat your mind, body, and soul, setting you up for the greatest chance at success.
You’ll be assigned a Sponsor to help you walk through each phase of the 12-step program.
Extended care ensures a life-long commitment to sobriety through individual and group counseling, relapse prevention, and help during your transition process.
Get Help for Self-Destruction and Addiction From a Scottsdale Rehab
If you are ready to unlearn your self-destructive habits and begin living a sober life, please contact us today.