Addicts in Recovery Share Stories About Reaching Out for Help
It is said that the hardest part of recovery is admitting you have a problem. Accepting that you need help and making the choice to change your life will put you on the path to freedom from addiction.
Is it worth it? Of course. You are worth it. 100 percent.
Recently I spoke with several graduates of addiction treatment about what prompted them to make a change. Here are some of their insights.
Admitting You Have a Problem
That crucial first step is not going to be easy. And it’s more than likely that you already know you are struggling. For many people, it’s hitting rock bottom or realizing that you are lost. For others it’s a voice in your head that won’t go away. When that voice keeps coming back to you saying that you need help, there’s a reason. It’s a clear signal that you are ready to take back your life.
Tracy, a recent graduate of A Forever Recovery’s alcohol treatment program in Michigan, said, “I [could] no longer look at myself in the mirror. I couldn’t go a day without a drink. I pretty much couldn’t go an hour without a drink. I didn’t see it right away, but now I do.”
Equally low-spirited was recovering addict Curtis. “It came to a point where I had to do something about it because I was mixing the pain medication with the alcohol, which made it extremely dangerous.”
Severely underweight and addicted to meth, Caitlin realized, “I’m going to die if I don’t get help.”
When you realize it’s time to ask for help, do it. Don’t wait. Reach out to friends, family, a treatment center. Make a connection with someone who can support you in getting the help you need.
“I had to make a decision and one of the decisions, thank God, was to call [a treatment center] and ask if they could help me,” Curtis said.
After a brush with jail time, Ben realized he was ready for a change. “I just confided in my parents that I was ready to go to treatment.”
And Tracy reached out to her husband. “I approached my husband and I just told him, “I’ve had it, I’m done.”
Make A Commitment
Making this commitment to yourself will be one of the most difficult things you ever experience. It’s a rocky road, and it’s fraught with obstacles. But opening yourself up to learning how to live a sober life will pay off exponentially. And there is no time like the present.
“If [you feel] that they may have a serious problem and/or it’s going to get serious, better to nip it in the bud, so to speak, now, rather than let it destroy your whole life in the end,” Curtis shared.
And Sean takes it a step further, saying, “To my peers, when you’re on your deathbed, the one thing you’re not going to get back is time.”
You will be glad you did this for yourself. To start over and regain control of your life is priceless.
“It turned out to be the best thing that I ever did. It saved my life. I owe a lot to [my] program,” Joe shared.
These brave people committed themselves to learning how to take control of their addictions. They did the work and they came out whole on the other side. And you can do it too. What are you waiting for? Take back your life today.
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