Admitting you have a problem
If you have been struggling with chemical or substance dependence, and you have come face to face with accepting help and the truth about your situation, congratulations! You have made one of the most profound realizations of your life. By admitting you have a problem, you have taken the first step to finding freedom from addiction. Coming out of denial and accepting help is a painful process, but by embracing the truth about your life, you break the chains of bondage that have held you captive for so long.
Overcoming addiction feels like an uphill climb because essentially, you are pulling yourself out of a hole you’ve been digging for months, maybe even years. You probably feel overwhelmed by the financial devastation, legal problems or family difficulties caused by your addiction. You might even be experiencing a sense of emotional, spiritual and mental bankruptcy and feel that all hope is lost. This is completely normal. The truth is, the hole you are struggling to free yourself from is your own grave. For the first time in a long time, you can rest in the tranquil arms of hope. Life begins today. Once you hit rock bottom, you’ve got nowhere to go but up.
If you haven’t already talked to your family about your addiction, and your intention is to get help for it, now is the time to do so. You will need their continued support throughout this process. Being completely honest with your family may seem frightening, but it is imperative to your recovery. Chances are, they already know you have a problem and will be delighted to hear you plan to get help.
Depending on your drug of choice, getting clean at home may not be an option. If you have become physically addicted to alcohol, heroin, opiates or other drugs that cause physical dependence, it is imperative that you seek help from a licensed in-patient treatment program. Withdrawal from certain substances can cause seizures, strokes and even death. Detoxing in a safe, supervised environment is strongly recommended for addicts and alcoholics in need of treatment. If money is an issue, talk to your insurance company and family members to see how they can help. Keep in mind, there are plenty of treatment centers that offer services on a sliding scale, or give free sponsorships to people who need help.
Most inpatient programs last about 28 days, during which time physical withdrawal is treated and extensive education and counseling are offered. Being under the care of a team of addiction experts dedicated to helping you stay sober can mean all the difference in your early days of recovery. The obsession and compulsion to use drugs and alcohol in the beginning is all-consuming and chemically dependent people seldom have the willpower to refuse those urges. In rehab, you will learn the tools you need to resist temptation and stay on the right track. By accepting help, you may also seek out-patient services, which do not require patients to stay overnight, but, rather, come to the facility during the day for classes and counseling.
After the successful completion of a treatment program, 12-step meetings are the next step. There are 12-step groups for designed specifically for alcoholics, cocaine addicts, meth abusers, marijuana addicts and just about any other type of drug you can think of. When you attend meetings, you will find the support you need from a loving group of recovering people who can relate to your pain and teach you how to live and enjoy life without the use of drugs or alcohol. Ask someone to be your sponsor and let them guide you through the 12 steps. This is where you will find healing and wholeness.
Right now, you may be in so much pain, you think it’s the end of the world. Think of it another way – accepting help, confronting and curing your addiction is the end of the depraved and desperate life you no longer want to live, and the beginning of a life that resembles that of a beautiful butterfly.