Ask for Help
Here’s the first important step in breaking your addiction: Ask for help. Most addicts don’t want any help from others in overcoming their addiction. The disease of addiction changes a person so that they don’t think it’s possible to survive without the addictive substance. Even those who can see the problems don’t want to be labeled an ‘addict.’ They don’t think there’s any way they can be cured. When they do try to stop using the addictive substance, they go through uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms make them go right back to their addiction.
In order to be successful in quitting drugs or alcohol, you will need support. You may already have that from your friends and family. Perhaps they have been urging you to get help for a long time. On the other hand, you may be lacking support. Not everyone has people in their lives who want them to improve. In fact, some addicts want others to be addicted as well. Some don’t see any reason to improve their lives. But if you’re reading this, you probably have good reasons to improve. You may have hit rock-bottom and are ready to start over. Whether you have a support group or not, a good rehab center will have friendly professionals and the supportive networks you need to stay sober on a long-term basis.
The effects of addiction on our culture are painfully obvious. Many of us need look no further than our own neighborhoods to see the damaging effects of addiction. Many of the crimes that take place each day are in some way linked to someone’s addiction. More than 67,000 people died from drug abuse in America in 2018. You may even remember someone whose life was lost due to substance abuse issues. But you need not be another statistic. There are steps you can take to rise above your addiction whatever it may be and step into a new life. Regardless of what is controlling your life now, it need not control your life forever. Calling for help could be the first step for you.
Rehab is a thorough process. In rehab, or rehabilitation, an addict withdraws from their drug of abuse, takes part in several types of counseling and behavioral modifications and learns how to avoid relapses and temptation. Because each person is different, each person’s rehab treatment is going to be a bit different. No two people will have the exact same experience. But the goals of rehab are always to get the patient out of addiction and back in control. Addiction hinders your ability to make decisions which will help you. Rehab will give you back that ability.
Recovery is possible because treatment by qualified personnel can show you what you’re missing. When you go it alone, it’s possible to miss some of the elements that will help you gain control of your life back. Those who try to quit on their own don’t have the medical help or counsel available to those in rehab facilities. With help, you can get counseling and medical procedures that aren’t always available when you go ‘cold turkey.’ That extra help can make all the difference.
Fighting the battle against addiction takes its toll on you mentally. You may start to believe that you have control over your addiction, but then that little bit of control slips through your fingers. Once this happens, you can start on a downward spiral that could leave you feeling depressed and hopeless. This is not unusual it is something that good counselors are trained to deal with. It may surprise you to learn that many of the people who work at rehab facilities are recovering addicts. They understand exactly what a person needs in order to gain control of their addictions. They can give you counsel about what to do and how to control your cravings. If you live near Thronton, Colorado and would like to speak to someone about rehab services near you, call (719) 270-3133.