If you’re struggling with an addiction to alcohol or drugs – there are basically a couple of ways you can try and overcome your addiction. You can either try and beat it yourself – or can you look to get professional treatment and help.
Now going it alone is not something I suggest you consider doing if at all possible. There is just too much at stake. Your life – or the life of a loved one.
I think there are two primary reasons though that people look at try to overcome an addiction by themselves. The first one is the shame of effectively ‘coming out’ or ‘going public.’ I think there is a stigma attached to admitting an addiction so many people try all they can to cover it up and would rather die than admit to having a problem.
Don’t buy into that! There is nothing wrong with owning up to a problem with alcohol or drugs. There are millions and millions of people out there going through the same thing. And by admitting to alcoholism or drug addiction you’ve probably taken the most important step on your journey towards recovery – ownership of what’s going on. Because without that – you’re just living in denial – and have no chance of ever getting better.
I think the second major reason people try and avoid getting professional help for treating an addiction is the cost factor and the thought that it is simply too expensive. Sure there are expensive forms of treatment that you have no doubt read about – but there are also other very affordable forms, that almost anyone, no matter what your financial position, can benefit from.
Let’s say you had cancer for example? Would you be looking to beat that yourself? Yes I know there are people you may have read about who have actually done that – but if there is help available, why not make use of it?
I certainly reckon that getting into a treatment program should always be your first priority. You may need to look into the ‘where and how’s ‘ exactly – but there should certainly be nothing to stop you if you decide that’s what you want to do. I know it made all the difference in helping me get my life back on track.
Going to treatment helps you realise that you’re not alone. There are other people going through exactly the same things you are. And so you suddenly don’t feel so lonely and isolated anymore. Yes – treatment is only the beginning of the road – but it gives you the best possible start towards building a new life for yourself.