When we make the important decision to get help for our addictions, it usually comes after years of fear, indecision and putting off doing what we know we need to do for ourselves. We’ve been stuck for a long time, afraid to take the first step. We’re afraid we’ll fail. We’re afraid of doing the hard work. We’re afraid of giving up what we’ve become dependent upon and afraid of pushing ourselves out of our comfort zone. Deciding to get help is one of the most difficult but important steps we’ll take in our recovery journey.
When we finally decide to get help, it’s often because our lives and how we’ve been living them have become unbearable. We can no longer bear the weight of everything that our addictions bring along with them – the guilt, regret and shame, the fear that people will discover everything we’ve been hiding. We can no longer run from the inner turmoil driving our addictive behaviors. We can’t pretend any longer that we don’t have some serious emotional healing work to do. We reach a point where our lives have become totally unmanageable. We can’t keep up with the demands of our addictions – the secrets and lies they demand that we keep, the toll they take on our relationships, the destruction of our daily lives, the way they’ve taken us away from our responsibilities and wreaked havoc on our lives.
When we decide to get the help we need, it’s often because we’ve finally hit rock bottom, and we know we can no longer continue this way if we want to stay alive, if we want to be happy and have any hope for a future. For many of us, this pivotal decision comes after a major breakdown in our health. We might be severely hurt, or suffering mentally and emotionally. We may even be hospitalized. Our breakdowns often lead to breakthroughs. We have that light bulb moment, a moment of epiphany, where we have the very important realization that we need help.
Many of us have grown accustomed to burying our pain under layers of secrecy, lies and denial. We would rather pretend to be ok than have to acknowledge that we’re suffering. We feel our pain is something to be ashamed of. We forget that pain is universal, that no one is immune to it, it is a part of human nature. When we accept ourselves and our weaknesses, we realize that having the humility to get help empowers us, and confronting our pain is a spiritual test of our courage and strength.
When you make the important decision to get help, we’ll be here to support you every step of the way. Call 888-570-7154 for more information.