Asking for help is a sign of wanting to stop addiction. For those of you who are struggling with addiction this post is directed toward you. When you ask for help, I’m not talking about play asking to get your way out of something. I’m talking about being real with asking.
After asking it’s important to put your words into action. This will signify you mean what you are saying. For some that means going into detox then a short or long term treatment facility (be open to what is suggested in terms of short or long term treatment) where you can be confronted on your behavior and given support and tools by a qualified addiction counselor.
One important thing to get across to you is that because you say yes to help, go to detox or treatment you don’t have to like it. You can hate the fact that you’re in detox or talking to an addiction counselor. You liking it is not a requirement. The only requirement is that you are willing to be open to something different than what you are experiencing in your life including the addiction. Humility says, “I can’t do it on my own. Please help me”.
Another important ingredient to ending addiction is to be honest with yourself and with those who are treating you. To leave out information or to continuing to lie to yourself will only produce the same old behavior.
Lastly, a couple of things to remember. If you hang out at a barbershop or hair salon you’re going to get a haircut or new hairstyle. What I’m saying is this. If you keep hanging out with the same old people who are practicing negative addict behaviors such as manipulating, stealing, doing cons, using drugs or alcohol (even as a substitute for your drug of choice) and lying eventually you will be doing the same stuff too which will lead most people back to active addiction.
Also, don’t fool yourself if you’re thinking you can break your addiction on your own (no humility there) and you are still practicing your old negative behaviors. It shows that you are not ready to quit yet. You may think you are fooling others but actually you are only playing a game all by yourself with your life.
The choice is yours to live FREE or NOT. You decide.
‘STEP ONE: We admitted we were powerless over alcohol [addiction]–that our lives had become unmanageable’.
Alcoholics Anonymous, The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous