Many addicts complain about their lives being miserable before they fell in their addiction. And this misery is what led to the addiction. This leaves them paralyzed with fear that letting go their addiction will simply return them to the horrible place they were before. They will believe this even knowing that their addiction is also making them miserable. This vicious cycle often prevents addicts from seeking help. Private rehab specialists highlight some ideas to start a recovery journey.
Admit that you are unhappy with your addiction
As an addict, you must go beyond the denial that is keeping you trapped in addiction. This means gathering up the courage to look at your life and be brutally honest with yourself. Remember the dreams and aspirations you had as a child, and look at where you are now. Ask yourself whether the addiction has got you closer to those goals or further away from them. If you’re honest, you’ll have to admit that the addiction is standing in the way of you achieving your dreams.
Look at the consequences of your addiction
Your addiction affects your health both mentally and physically. It is likely that you are in debt to pay for the drugs you use. Or that you have stolen from the people you love the most to finance your addiction. Look at all the costs of all this. Not only the financial but also the physical, emotional and relationship costs as well. Would your life be like this if you didn’t have an addiction? Would you have hurt your family and friends and put your health at risk?
Step out of the illusion and into reality
Think about the world you are living in. It has become so small because there is room in it only for your addiction. What about family and friends? What about a job and community? This insular world you’ve created for yourself is an illusion. It is not real life. In real life, people have commitments to friends and family, they have jobs and they function as members of a community and society. These things make them happy. What do you have to make you happy? Nothing, because you only have an addiction to keep you company.
The fear is real, but it can be conquered
If you’ve realized that your addiction is making your life a misery and you’re ready for a change, you will probably feel afraid. This is normal. The fear of letting your addiction go and having to start afresh is terrifying. If it doesn’t scare you, you’re not ready. When you contemplate an in-patient facility where you are locked up with a bunch of addicts with no drugs or alcohol to comfort you, you’d be a fool to not be scared. But fears are meant to be conquered. Muster up the last ounce of strength you have and take the first step. You won’t regret it. For more information about the addiction treatment center, call Vogue Recovery Center at (866) 682-8449.