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How do I find the courage to say I need help for my addiction?

[fa icon="calendar"] Dec 04, 2015 / by Russ Kallina

Russ Kallina

There is no “easy part” for someone who is coming to grips with their own substance use disorder.

This evolution usually starts out with waking up hung-over a few days in a row, then having to contend with the very real possibility of memory loss, the breakdown in personal and professional relationships, and of course, degrading health and wellness.

Another huge hurdle for those who are aware of their addiction and want to get help is fear. Fear is a powerful emotion that can grow over time, just like the substance misuse itself, and the fear of being shamed and losing one’s pride to seek outside help can be the biggest mental step.

Overcoming this fear and finding the courage to make a call to a clinic or even a loved one to admit park-benchthe problem can be difficult, but there are ways to make it easier. For the person who is grappling with making that step to involve a family member or loved one, it’s important to remember that no one is alone in feeling helpless when it comes to addiction. 

You may have turned to the internet for help and information about your addiction and how to overcome it. It is just a quick search away to find a social media site to help with positive, empowering quotes and ideas to help motivate your desire for change. There are Facebook groups, Twitter feeds, Pinterest boards, and other sources of inspiration to make the call to get help. There are also online forums where people volunteer words of encouragement and positive messages of hope and solace.

For those that may be more religious than others, there are lines and excerpts from various texts that that can resonate with any number of faiths.  

Ultimately, finding the courage to get free from addiction comes from within, it just needs to be harnessed. 

Know that there is no shame in reaching out to ask for help or to talk about what some options are to quit or cut back on your drinking or drug use. Contact us to speak with an unbiased addiction treatment specialist for a no-commitment consultation, and we will help figure out a path that is best for you. It could be the most important call you’ll ever make.

Topics: Addiction

Russ Kallina

Written by Russ Kallina

Russ Kallina is Aquila Recovery of Virginia's Program Director of Operations.

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