Trinny Woodall, star of the British version of What Not To Wear, recently admitted her past obsession with drugs and alcohol made her a “sick person.” Once she made the distinction between being a “bad person” — her words — who suffered from addiction and a “sick person” who needed help recovering from a disease, Woodall began walking her own individual path to recovery — a path she remains on today.
The Disease Model of Addiction
The disease model of addiction promotes the idea that substance abuse has biological, environmental, genetic, and neurological origins. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that addiction “is a chronic disease similar to other chronic diseases such as type II diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular disease.” Although no one decides to become addicted to alcohol or drugs — in fact, the NIDA notes that credible treatment programs always incorporate personal responsibility and behavioral change — the fact remains that many, if not most, people with substance abuse problems have genetic or environmental links to addiction.
The holistic addiction center at Clarity Way focuses on treating each disease symptom to provide a well rounded approach to sobriety. Quitting a harmful behavior requires more than the will to succeed; nutritious foods, regular exercise, spiritual healing, and mental health therapies all play a role in building and sustaining life-lasting abstinence as well. People who don’t suffer from substance abuse issues often can’t understand the compulsive behaviors that drive a loved one to self-destructive actions; however, those who are addicted to alcohol and/or drugs find them nearly impossible to resist. Behavior training, an understanding of the roots of addiction, and improved physical health work in tandem to help people addicted to substances stay strong in the face of temptation.
Trinny Woodall Today
Today, Trinny Woodall is proud of her sobriety and freely acknowledges her past problems with alcohol and drugs. Although she suffered from addiction for 10 years, she spent several years in 12-step treatment programs, and with the help of an addiction clinic, still attends Alcoholics Anonymous meetings regularly; she also began hanging out with new friends who cared about her well being.
Woodall has spent her free time as a trustee of Action on Addiction, a British philanthropic organization that helps people suffering from substance abuse problems.
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