Reaching Out For Help in AddictionPublished on July 14th, 2014
The fact that you are here right now looking for a way to reach out for help means that you have taken the first step in recovery, you have admitted that you have a problem. Now that you recognize the problem it is time to do something about it. There is no shame in asking for help from friends, family, your doctor, or a treatment center. This is what you need to do to get healthy again. If you do not seek out the help, it is not going to come to you. Here are some things to help encourage you when reaching out for the help you need.
You Are Showing Courage By Asking for Help
Many people suffering from an addiction to drugs or alcohol feel as if asking for help shows weakness. Men tend to have more difficulty than women in this type of situation because they have always been viewed as strong, a provider and when it comes to admitting they have a problem and asking for help they may feel emasculated, their self-view tarnished. The truth of the matter is, we are all human beings and we get sick, some in different ways then others. Addiction is a disease, without treatment it could have fatal effects. By asking for help for your addiction you are showing courage, that you will not be a victim to this disease any longer.
Never Let Pride Stand In Your Way
It is far too common that people suffering from addiction are to proud to ask for help when they need it. This is because they do not want be dependent on others for their care while battling their addiction in a treatment facility, to leave behind the good in their life to fight the bad. It is important to face the facts today, you can not go at this alone, you need help to overcome your addiction. When entering into a treatment center you will get the support, counseling, and guidance needed to get sober and stay sober. You will be able to develop new coping skills and techniques that will help you prevent relapse, keeping you clear of drugs and alcohol throughout your day to day life, able to handle any stress that comes your way. You will find confidence that you are able to live your life free of addiction, you will find support from your friends and family as well as others who are too in recovery.
You are at a very vulnerable stage in your life right now, it is easy to get emotionally overloaded. The first week of treatment you will find yourself stuck in a flood of emotions, they will vary in intensity. For so long you have covered up these emotions with drugs or alcohol, keeping them buried inside. At times you may feel as if you don’t deserve to love or be loved, you will feel worthless, inadequate, anxious, depressed, fearful of rejection and abandonment. All of these emotions are normal and apart of the healing process, it may hurt at times but soon you will move past them. This emotional overload you will feel is a side effect to detoxing from alcohol or drugs, hitting you hard as the chemicals and toxins are leaving your body. Do not be afraid, the fact you are experiencing these emotions are a good thing, they show that you are healing and on the road to recovery.
Its Never Too Late to Ask for Help
Regardless to if your addiction is new and recognized early, or you have been abusing drugs or alcohol for years, it is never too late to ask for help. Treatment is going to be hard, you will have ups and downs, but if you are ready to get clean and sober you will be able to overcome your addiction and begin living a more fulfilling life in sobriety. No matter whats happened in the past, how many times you have relapsed, or how terrible your life has become, never give up. Turn to a treatment center today, ask for help, you deserve the opportunity to turn around your life and begin creating life of happiness in sobriety.
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