You’ve been denying it for a while now. You’ve lost great relationships because of your substance use. You may have even lost your job and your home. There’s no more ignoring it. Your addiction has taken control of your life. What was once important to you is no longer the priority. The good news is you have the power to take your life back from your addiction. By coming to terms with your problem, you can get help and begin your road to recovery.
Take a Step Back
It’s painful to realize that you have a problem, and even harder to admit it. It’s time to step back and take a good hard look at your life and relationships. It’s difficult, but try and be honest with yourself. What relationships have you lost because of your addiction? What has been its true cost? You’ve been denying that you have a problem for a while now, but when you take an objective look at your life, it’s clear that your addiction has been the root of most problems and losses.
Realize the Problems
You’ve got an inkling that you have a problem, but now it’s time to own up to it entirely. Often times, people abuse alcohol and drugs to avoid feeling emotion and pain from depression or trauma. Ask yourself if you are using substances in this way. Perhaps it’s time to stop running from problems and begin to face them head on.
Now that you’ve taken a step back, it’s time to take some big steps forward. You can’t change what you can’t acknowledge. Going through a rehabilitation program while thinking you don’t actually have a problem is a huge issue that will not lead to a successful recovery. Once you come to terms with your addiction, the next best step to take is finding help. Do not cut off your friends and family during this time, they can be a great support system and can help you conquer your addiction. Remember that many people beat their addictions daily, and you can do the same. Let go of the negativity in your life, and surround yourself with supporters, not enablers. Embrace the changes and positivity that will enter your life once your addiction exits.
Next, find a treatment center that works best for you. There are a variety of programs available to help you find recovery from any type of addiction. Sometimes the best way to figure out if the treatment center will be a good fit is to contact them and discuss different recovery program options. The best programs will individualize treatment to fit your personal recovery goals.
Don’t Get Discouraged
Recovery is different for every person and relapse is often part of recovery. It’s a setback, but never a failure. The important thing to remember is that no matter how many times it may take for you to find success in recovery, it’s better than where you are at now.
Coming to terms with your addiction is difficult, but you can do this. The realization that there is a problem is the first step in turning your life towards positivity, and living a healthier, happier life. As a current Prelude client recently stated, “If you use as much energy you used in getting your fix towards recovery, you will succeed. We all succeed”.