There’s a truth we need you to hear: Overcoming addiction is possible.
A difficult endeavor? Yes. A lifelong commitment? Absolutely. Impossible? Not at all.
Whether for yourself or someone you love, we ask you to take the next 10 minutes and set aside any preconceived notions about the stronghold of addiction. Turn off the voice of doubt. Disassociate from past failures.
And dare to hope. As you do, we’ll talk through the stories, the facts and the how-tos of getting sober. Because, friend, it really is possible—and we want it to be possible for you.
Let’s Start With Hope: Who Are the People Overcoming Addictions?
Every good story includes a struggle, doesn’t it? A moment where the protagonist finds himself in a desperate, impossible situation.
Like Eric, who snorted upwards of 20 Ritalin pills a day before becoming a self-described blackout drinker. He routinely missed important events, passed out at work and tried to conceal the problem from his therapist.
Of this time, he says, “I thought about quitting drinking in the same way I thought about taking a vacation: musing about sunny, warm climates . . . The membrane between life and death had become permeable. I lived an ambivalent life, not committed enough to change anything, wondering if I would die from my heaving drinking and fits of dry heaving.”
Maybe you can relate? Perhaps not to the specifics, but to those feelings of despair. Thankfully, the story doesn’t stop there.
On an ordinary day, during an ordinary conversation with his therapist, Eric did something extraordinarily brave. He responded to her question about his alcohol use with the truth.
And everything changed. He started a 12-step program, learned to manage his emotions and practice meditation. Now? Eric says, “I can get into bed knowing I’ve made it through another day sober—and for me, the best part: that in the morning I’ll awaken to possibility instead of a hangover.”
Of course, it’s not just Eric. Faces and Voices of Recovery reports an estimated 23.5 million American adults have overcome an addiction to drugs and alcohol. And this number continues to grow.
Here’s a thought: you yourself could be included in the count one day.
Overcoming Addiction is Possible. Let’s Look at How.
You’ll become one of the people counted as recovered from substance abuse by taking action, just like Eric did. And, as in his story, your first step doesn’t need to be big.
It might simply look like:
- Admitting the problem to someone you trust
- Looking online for local resources
- Giving us here at The Right Step DFW a call at 844.768.1161
Whatever your move, you’ll be better educated on your options by taking in the information below. After all, while 23.5 million people overcame addiction, they certainly didn’t all do it in the same way.
And as Dr. Howard J. Shaffer explains in a Harvard Health Blog; there’s really no best single treatment for addiction.
Instead, he finds that most successful approaches to getting sober include a healthy balance of inner-expectations, outer-expectations and peer encouragement, coupled with medication as needed—what he calls “the whole portfolio of change agents.”
So what might this portfolio include? You may consider:
- Meeting individually with a counselor
- Enrolling in a 12-step program
- Joining a local recovery support group
- Engaging in virtual care
Of course, while Psychology Today reports that some people can and do overcome addiction all on their own, it’s okay if you need additional help.
In fact, a survey of 3,228 adults in recovery found a whopping 78% sought out professional help to get sober. And 18% also took prescription medicine as a supplement in overcoming addiction.
If you need a higher level of care to reach your goals for sobriety, you certainly won’t be alone. And we’d love to help. Here at The Right Step, we offer:
Of course, finding your way to recovery gets all the better when you have encouraging friends and family by your side.
Overcoming Addiction Moves from Possible to Plausible with Support
We all need help. It’s the human condition. We survive—and thrive—by walking in community with others. And if you’re hoping to overcome addiction, the support of family and friends might be the very thing that sees you through some of your toughest moments.
Because—let’s level with one another for a moment—-there will be tough moments. Perhaps even tough days or weeks. The symptoms of withdrawal can be painful and disorienting, and building a life after detox takes courage, strength and stamina.
That’s something we here at The Right Step can help you with, no doubt. But we’d do you a great disservice not to talk about the immense value an outside support system offers,notably in two key areas:
The Value of Family Support
No one knows us quite like our family. And while you might wish that weren’t true in this particular situation, consider this: our families see the best and worst in us. If and when they choose to love us anyway, we can take great comfort and trust in their care.
Parents, siblings, spouses and adult children can help you establish boundaries, begin healthy habits and maintain an atmosphere of growth.
And please don’t feel guilty for relying on your family. Instead, keep these things in mind:
- More than a quarter of the U.S. population claims a direct relative is struggling with addiction. You’re not the only one asking your family for help.
- More likely than not, your family would rather help you stay sober than watch you struggle with addiction.
- You can recognize the ways your family offers support and vocalize your appreciation.
The Value of Alumni Support
If no one knows you like your family, no one knows your struggle like a person in recovery themselves. Addiction does a number on both the brain and the body. Talk with someone who’s overcome an addiction to drugs or alcohol and you’ll be able to relate to one another about many things, including:
- The draw of substances
- The toll of addiction
- Why it’s so difficult to quit
- The early days of withdrawal
You may also learn a few things from people who are in recovery, like:
- Handy hacks for when you want to use
- The joy of having fun while sober
- The hope of putting addiction in the past
- The possibilities of the future
There’s so much to gain from walking with someone who’s been there before. You can join a local alumni program in your area or look for virtual programs online. We’d also love to help you get plugged into Rooted, our encouraging community of people in recovery.
The Best Time to Start Overcoming an Addiction is Now
Can we offer you some hope, regardless of where you find yourself today? Here goes:
You haven’t passed some arbitrary deadline to begin your healing.
It doesn’t matter how old you are. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve used. It doesn’t even matter how many things you’ve damaged along the way. You can start fresh now.
You can decide that tomorrow doesn’t have to look like today.
Don’t believe us? Faces and Voices of Recovery surveyed more than 3,000 recovered adults and found that respondents made the first step toward overcoming addiction between the ages of 12 and 73. Are you 73? Good news, friend! You’re at just the right age to make a change. Are you older? Let’s update the stats! Are you younger? You know what to do.
Make a choice now for a better future.
And maybe you’re thinking, “Yeah, I’ve made that choice before, and it didn’t work.” We hear you. But as Harvard’s Dr. Shaffer explains, sometimes you need the right treatment options to line up with the right timing. So, with knowledge in hand, we encourage you to try again.
Let’s End with Hope: What Does Recovery Look Like?
After all, overcoming addiction isn’t just about leaving the past behind. It’s also about finding your way forward. A life lived in recovery is one full of purpose and possibility!
And we’re not talking about pie-in-the-sky wishful thinking here. We’re simply looking at the facts. The Faces and Voices of Recovery survey mentioned above found that people who overcame an addiction saw “dramatic improvements in all areas of life,” including:
Take a second look at that list. If you had to pick just one or two areas where you’d like to see a dramatic improvement in your life, what would you choose? Now imagine what it might look like for life to get better in each and every one of those categories.
Recovery is the answer. And we’re here to help.
Millions of Americans have recovered from drug addiction, and you or your loved one can do it too! The Right Step DFW can help you take the first step on your recovery journey. Call us today at 844.768.1161 to learn more about how we can help.