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Is willpower enough?

Discussion in 'Helping an Addicted Friend' started by nessarconde, Jan 10, 2015.

  1. DancingLady

    DancingLady Community Champion

    Willpower might not be enough to get started if someone's addiction is severe. Detox symptoms can be too intense and even potentially dangerous in some cases. That may be the case for your friend at this point, which means he will need to go to rehab at least to get started. Willpower has a lot to do with being able to stick with your decision to stay clean though.
  2. Twinsmommy31

    Twinsmommy31 Active Contributor

    I think for some willpower will be enough. There are those that are so bad off that they need medical professionals to really steer their recovery. Well really it is a combination. It always starts with the will of the person. This will determine if they will go through treatment or not.
  3. 003

    003 Community Champion

    Willpower accounts for the great part of success. But it alone is not enough. There has to be action, and only through action that there's something happens. You simply can't just sit down and see what happens with all your willpower stacked within yourself, without being able to produce actions and get you to your goal.
  4. hellonamesdana

    hellonamesdana Senior Contributor

    I think that a lot of things work for a lot of people. Everyone is different, meaning that what works for one person might not necessarily work for everyone else. So I guess it's possible for a person to get clean due to the sheer willpower that they have to stop.
  5. Jimmy Loc

    Jimmy Loc Member

    Yes, real willpower is all it takes. The decision is the turning point between sobriety and addiction. This is the only way to really persevere in order to accomplish ones goal in recovery, it is willpower. Health must be striven towards, as well as wellness and fitness. These are states of well-being, goals that must be persisted upon, but is only possible with genuine willpower.Progressing, improving and becoming stronger the recovery in such cases will be seen through time easily. With recovery becoming a state of mind for the recovering individual. This recovers the body and one is no longer an addict through time and effort. All it takes to give up the addiction is rejecting addict thoughts subconsciously understanding using and indulging in addiction is a decision made by and completely up to oneself. Returning to life as it was before indulging in addiction. Like a simple flick of a switch, one must simply affirm the decision and resist otherwise to the inner self. Treating the habits and ways of living is a power form of recovery done with will power.
  6. bbeverly

    bbeverly Member

    Sometimes a person just has to reach rock bottom in order to stand up again. It just varies by the person. However, that negativity in his life isn't helping. That's more than likely just bring him even lower. Now they should let him know how they're upset because they care, but there are more effective ways to do so then to berate him. I would recommend bringing in or even speaking a professional though. If he's constantly drinking, then he will eventually have a whole different set of issues that could be life or death. I don't know him so it's hard to determine if willpower would be enough. From just reading the comment though, I don't think it will be. He may need some sort of motivation to get the help. If he does get the help he needs, he will need a support system and it seems like you could be that person since you care about him and his health.
  7. p4lse

    p4lse Member

    Till a particular stage, will power alone is enough. But once you pass a certain level, even if you try, you just can't quit. Your body gets accustomed to all the chemicals present and letting them go won't be a easy task.
  8. jeremy2

    jeremy2 Community Champion

    Although willpower is necessary and vital for one to kick out addiction, it cannot be of much help unless it's translated into action. One needs to do something tangible like attending those AA meetings or see a counselor. What we have in our minds should be seen to be done physically for any meaningful results to be seen.
  9. Kee

    Kee Member

    Willpower is a critical success factor; however without the encouragement of friends it can dwindle. Involving a specialist is also vital considering he has increased his alcohol consumption. Everyone likes seeing their efforts bear fruits. After investing a lot of time counseling a friend to get off drugs, one would like to see them quit the habit soonest possible. Unfortunately, for some people, the process of getting off an addiction takes longer. Hence, the only thing we can do as friends, is to remain committed to providing encouragement.
  10. xTinx

    xTinx Community Champion

    There's never a black and white answer there. Some people are able to recover through sheer willpower. As they say, when there's a will, there's a way. Others couldn't do it by themselves so they seek medical, spiritual or filial intervention. Different kinds of people prefer different kinds of approach. What is your feeling telling you? Which approach do you think your friend is most suited to? Whatever path you choose, though, you should always set your sights toward one goal: full recovery. Never mind the little discomforts. Also, you should ask yourself: how far are you willing to go to help your friend recover? Then perhaps the answer will slowly dawn on you.
  11. May102014

    May102014 Active Contributor

    Yes indeed! Will power can surely beat any obstacle being put in the way. It all depends on how much will power the person has and if the person really does want to change. At the end the only one that can really help you is yourself. So if your friend really wants to be better, he must first assess himself and find an inspiration in life.
  12. Jericho Mercado

    Jericho Mercado Active Contributor

    Will power and the desire to change are an individual strength. Depending on the addiction, severity, and the substance, moral support may not be enough. Medical intervention can ease the withdrawal symptoms and anxiety. Failure in change is not a failure nor is it an indication a person is weak. Addictions are physical and mental and it is important to remember that everyone is an individual and not all kick the habit in the same way.
  13. fagoot1

    fagoot1 Member

    Willpower can get make you take the early steps to get over your addiction but I found that what really gets us going is someone who is there for us and always has our backs when we are close to relapsing.
  14. AgentofC

    AgentofC Member

    I think sheer willpower is no longer enough for his case. Domestic problems can also have an impact in one's psyche.
    He may have the willpower but it may be clouded by his lack of self-esteem. It would really help if he could be checked by a medical and psychological expert.
    You and your friends could also help by slowly regaining his confidence/self-worth through functional activities.
  15. anne16

    anne16 Active Contributor


    Sure he needs willpower to overcome his addiction to alcohol. It is the most important part in recovering from an addiction as the person needs this strength, the resolve and commitment to let go of his habit. However, I think it is not enough to overcome his alcohol addiction. Other aspects that play a part includes but is not limited to medical treatment, therapy, interventions and friends/family support.
  16. lgdg090596

    lgdg090596 Senior Contributor

    Willpower, if strong enough, is enough.
  17. 6up

    6up Community Champion

    One can never be forced to avoid addiction. It first depends on whether they are ready. What is needed here is support to be offered. If one has set his mind then nothing can prevent him from changing their life styles. They only need to be encouraged and they can make it.
  18. Bonzer

    Bonzer Community Champion

    You say that it's not possible for him to stay sober for even 2 hours. So, how can will power alone be enough? It's obvious that he became a slave of his addiction and he needs outside support. The other friends in your group are making things worse for him as animosity further worsens the problem. I can, however, understand that they are disappointed with his constant drinking and lack of control over himself. A reprimand at this stage does not work. Take him to a rehab or a psychiatrist who can better up his situation. Good Luck!
  19. chanelskii

    chanelskii Member

    Willpower isn't always enough. What good is a willpower to avoid something when no one is there to support you or appreciate what you've done. Sometimes the people who surrounds you boost your willpower to do the right thing. Although willpower is the most vital one, but the love that people around you gives, fuels that willpower some more to make a person get over his addicition
  20. rainbowguard

    rainbowguard Senior Contributor

    The thing is, willpower fluctuates and he will find times where his willpower drops to the point where the old habits kick in again. Even if he genuinely had a very strong willpower when he committed himself towards recovery. What is hard is to keep those willpower constant and I believe that is where professional help or even ordinary outside support can be handy. They monitor the progress and give motivations to the person in case the willpower drops to the point where the old habits have potential to come back again.