Addiction is a disease that thrives when the person suffering from it is isolated from the people they love and that want to help them. When you are in the middle of the thick of it, in way over your head so far that you’re not sure if you’ll ever see the surface again, that’s when addiction is at its strongest. If you’re cut off from the people you could get support from, most likely you’re going to double down and dig deeper into your current habits as a way to avoid facing that fact, and the cycle continues to spiral you further and further in.
However, there’s one thing to remember: you’re not alone. Even if you’ve burned bridges with your family and friends, you are never, ever truly facing this fight alone. There’s a good chance more people than you realize in your life have struggled with an addiction, or have experience with family members who have. Even in the smallest towns across the country, there are AA and NA groups, along with other addiction therapy groups, and every person you meet in life is fighting a battle of some kind. It may not be addiction, but their battle is their battle, and yours is yours; the important thing is that you’re not fighting alone.
Your family and friends, even if there have been problems in the past, will often be the first to come to your aid when you’re ready to ask them. So if you’re feeling overwhelmed and isolated by your addiction, take the first step and reach out. If it’s not to family and friends, then reach out to a sponsor in an addiction program, or a religious leader, even a doctor. The important thing is realizing that you have people you can lean on, and then following through. All of the support in the world will do you no good if you’re not ready to act on it. You’re not alone, even in your darkest hour; all you have to do is reach out.
If you’re struggling with an addiction, it’s never, ever too late to do just that. The Springboard Center has staff available 24/7 so that no matter the hours, when you’re ready to reach out to get help, someone who cares will be waiting on the other end of the phone, ready to help guide you through your next steps. Make the call today: 432-620-0255.