Finding Focus with Addictions.

Finding Focus with Addictions

Addictions and liver disease can go hand in hand. When you have hepatitis C and are dealing with addictions, it is a whopper for sure. So many things are going on around you besides the virus. You may be facing illness, medical bills, family problems, relationship issues. On top of all that, you don’t know which one to focus on first. By finding focus with addiction, you can make better choices that will help to brighten up your future.

Start out by making a list of all the things that are spread out in your life right now. Write down every single thing that you are worried about. Hopefully it is just one page! Chances are, you don’t have a lot of control over most of the stuff swirling around you. Take a deep breath and just feel the weight of it. Then think about letting it go. Maybe it will go to your Higher Power or source, or whatever. You can send it to the trashcan, but let it go.

Next, look at the items on your list that you can do something about. Start with the important stuff. It’s going to take courage, but you’ve got to admit that you need help with your list. Talk to the people who can help you.

Call your doctor or medical provider. Be in a conversation with them about getting treatment. Give them a written list of your personal health concerns. Let them know you are working on your addiction.

Talk with whoever helps with your medical expenses. Maybe it’s a government agency, or an insurance company. Ask them if you can get some help working on your addiction. Ask them what is available. Maybe some counseling would benefit you.

Set up time to speak with a 12 step counselor. Many people have found tools to help them with addictions at an Alcoholic Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous meeting. I know some people who do not like the statements and meeting styles. If you’ve never tried it, give it a shot. The support system is strong and has stood the test of time.

Work on your personal relationships. If you are not in a supportive and caring relationship with friends or family, you need to be. You may have reached a point in your addiction where you think no once gets it, or no one cares. It may seem like too much work to be in a relationship. That’s ok. Do it anyway. If you need to ask someone to forgive you, take the first step. Maybe you need to forgive someone who has hurt you. It could be time to draw the line and get away from someone who is not good for you. Form new relationships to support you instead.

By focusing on yourself and your health first, you will begin to feel like you’ve got some power in your life. Communicating with experts about your addiction is helpful, especially if we find the right person who is trustworthy. It may seem odd to put personal relationships last. But we can’t really have a healthy connection with anyone until we take care of ourselves. Tackling an addiction while dealing with hepatitis C is not so tough when you approach it with your best interest in mind. Get that paper out and start your list. Ask for help. You’ve got this.

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