If you’re reading this article, chances are you or a loved one has reached a breaking point with their addiction to drugs or alcohol. Addiction can drive a person to run their life into the ground, whether they lose a job, break the law, or have issues with their family or finances, and when you hit rock bottom, it’s a horrible feeling. It can be embarrassing and painful to find yourself in this position, but here’s the good news: you can only go up from here.
With any addiction, the first step to getting the help you need is being willing to admit you have a problem with drugs or alcohol. It’s not a fun step, but it’s a necessary one. Acknowledging that you have an addiction to drugs or alcohol helps you take away the hold it has over your life, in a way, at least as a starting point. Addiction thrives in the dark parts of our lives that we try to keep hidden from the rest of the world, for fear of embarrassment or shame, but by admitting to it, you’re basically forcing it out into the light. You don’t have to post it all over social media or make a big announcement to your boss or family, but you do need to be willing to admit that you need help.
If you’re at a stage in addiction where you are going to face health issues or complications from withdrawal from drugs or alcohol, you should always contact your doctor as soon as possible to set up an appointment. In some severe cases, if you or a loved one may be at risk of overdosing, seek help at a local emergency room. Withdrawal can have serious consequences if you have underlying health issues you don’t know about, so never attempt to weather withdrawal on your own without medical guidance.
Lastly, be willing to forgive yourself as you take the first few steps into recovery at an addiction treatment center or in a twelve step program. The harder you are on yourself about your past mistakes and choices, the harder it will be to let them go when you need to. Addiction is a horrible disease, but if you can forgive yourself, it can make sobriety easier for you.
By being ready to take the step to overcome your addiction, you’ve already started making the right choices. The best thing you can do now is embrace your need for help and continue to move forward. Take charge of your life again, make the call, and get help today. The Springboard Center is ready to help provide you with the tools and lifestyle changes you need to start living a healthy life. Don’t wait another day to get help for your addiction. Call today: 432-620-0255.