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The Connection between Impulse Control and Drug AbuseFor many of us, the ability to control our impulses develops as we mature into adulthood. Small children try to eat sweets in secret before dinner simply because they want to; but as they grow, they understand that denying the impulse to do so will result in a more enjoyable dinner and the satisfying experience of being able to eat sweets (in moderation) after dinner. Some individuals, however, develop compulsive disorders that make them literally unable to control the impulses that strike them. Some forms of impulse control disorder are only harmful to the sufferer, such as trichotillomania (compulsive pulling of one’s own hair). Other forms are harmful to society, such as pyromania or kleptomania. Lack of the ability to control one’s impulses leads many who suffer from this condition into drug and/or alcohol abuse. Fortunately, help is available for Anchorage residents struggling to control their impulses and overcome addiction.

Why Anchorage Residents with Impulse Control Disorder Are Prone to Addiction

Individuals afflicted with impulse control disorder (ICD) fall into addiction for a number of reasons. For one, there is the plain reality that alcohol and other drugs are addictive. Physical and psychological dependence are not easy to overcome, even for one with no obvious or latent mental health disturbances. Those with ICD, then, may become addicted more quickly and abuse their newfound substance(s) more manically than those without. Also playing a role is the guilty feelings that ICD sufferers experience for giving into their compulsions. They know instinctively that something is wrong with their compulsive pattern of behavior, especially since no one around them acts the way they do. Thus, ICD spawns the following vicious cycle:

  • Attempting to master the will and restrain oneself from compulsive behavior
  • Failing to exercise the necessary self-control
  • Feeling guilty for doing so
  • Allowing the guilt to lead to feelings of hopelessness of ever improving:
  • Turning again to the compulsive behavior to find relief

Like addictive substances themselves, giving in to ICD provides a short-lived high of pleasure and satisfaction that soon evaporates and leads to ever-diminishing levels of self-esteem and resolve.

Recovery Help for Anchorage Residents with ICD-Related Addictions

Even though ICD seems impossible to beat, particularly when it combined with addiction, there are successful treatments available for those who are truly ready to commit to a recovery program. If you or someone you love in Anchorage is struggling with addiction and impulse control, please call our toll-free helpline right away. We are available 24 hours a day to help you find the very best integrated treatment options. Recovery teams are waiting to help you begin healing, so call us today.