Isolation: When an individual begins to isolate from others to keep their behaviors secret, it may be a warning sign. Isolation can be from people, family involvement, social events or church. Exposure of the addiction causes too much shame, guilt and judgment; therefore the addict will withdraw. The more isolation there is—the greater the damage that begins to take place in the addict’s life.
Independence: When an addict gets an attitude of “I can do this (recovery) on my own,” or “I can handle this (the addiction) by myself,” or “I don’t need anybody’s help.” When an individual is unwilling to admit to a need for support and accountability, the addiction will progress.
Indulgence: Is the inevitable outcome of isolation and independence. When an individual gives in to the demand to satisfy the craving, the cycle is complete. This progression lends itself to taking liberty over restraint. At this point–the addiction cycle will continue.