How to Find the Courage to Take the First Step Towards Recovery
July 19, 2019
Deciding to seek treatment for addiction takes courage. It is a personal choice that can be difficult to make. Often, you’re sitting at rock bottom before the idea of getting treatment even crosses your mind. Suddenly, you’re thrust into a world of having to decide what the best way to seek help looks like for you. Where are you going to find success in recovery? Who is going to support you along the way, and are you strong enough to make it through? You are, and below are some of the things that can help you take those first steps. The process is long and difficult, but each day you take a step towards recovery is progress towards a healthier life.
The Addiction Recovery Toolbox
Support GroupsIt’s important to connect with others during your recovery process. It might even be a good idea to touch base with a local support group before entering treatment. It can be inspiring to see other people’s success, and it can help you imagine what life will be like on the other side of addiction. One common step in recovery is cutting off relationships that hinder your progress. Support groups potentially ease the pain of exiting your former life and saying goodbye to the people who enabled your addiction.
Friends & FamilyReach out to friends and family members you trust. It helps to know that someone out there believes in your journey toward recovery even when you’re struggling. A network of loved ones and peers can be invaluable to treatment and keep you motivated.
Research, Research, ResearchThat early stage of recovery can feel overwhelming. One way to overcome that is to empower yourself with knowledge and answer some fundamental questions. For instance, what type of recovery do you need, outpatient or inpatient? Outpatient treatment entails regular sessions with a counselor and group sessions while living at home. Inpatient treatment is a residential recovery program. How much time do you have to complete a program? Do you want to join a faith-based 12 step program like Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous? What kind of measures will you take to ensure that you stick to sober living?
Seek Professional AdviceWhen in doubt, reach out for help. It may benefit you to sit down with an addiction counselor for a consultation. A professional may have an idea about next steps and be able to suggest the best recovery plan for you.
ConclusionYou may think you’re alone, but there are resources out there to help you embrace recovery whole-heartedly and tap into that courage you need to continue. If you’re brave enough to acknowledge the need for recovery, you’re brave enough to take the next few steps towards it.
- National Institute On Drug Abuse. (2019) Treatment and Recovery | National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Retrieved June 30, 2019, from https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugs-brains-behavior-science-addiction/treatment-recovery