Getting help for drug or alcohol abuse is hard, but continuing to live with the effects of addiction is going to be harder. The biggest step you can take in creating a better life is to simply pick up the phone and call a treatment center, but some people find that first step to be the hardest one to take.
There are many reasons people put off getting the help they need, including:
Stigma - No one wants to admit they're a drug user or alcoholic. They don’t want to be seen as a failure. People who are able to hide their addiction are afraid of what others will think if they find out. Addiction is a medical disease that left untreated can have a worse outcome than having someone see you differently. If your addiction spirals out of control, you could end up causing damage far more embarrassing than admitting you have a problem.
Family - If you're afraid your parents, spouse or children will see you differently if you admit you have a problem, you can try to seek help without telling them, although recovery is usually more successful when you have a support system in place. Chances are your family already knows you have a problem and they will probably respect and support you for being brave enough to get help. If you don’t have anyone to take care of your family while you're in treatment, try to find an outpatient program.
Money - Treatment programs can be expensive, but your addiction is probably expensive, too. The money you're not spending on drugs or alcohol can be put towards treatment. You can also look for a rehab program that offers a payment plan. Remember that you can't put a price on recovery. Think of it as an investment into a better future for you and your family.
Career - If your job is the reason why you don’t want to get help, look for an outpatient program that will work around your schedule. As with any medical treatment, you don’t have to disclose to your employers that you are seeking help. If your addiction is beginning to interfere with your job performance, then getting help sooner rather than later should be a priority.
Fear - Fear, plain and simple, is a big reason why people don’t seek help. Making that phone call means you’re admitting you have a problem and that you know you have to make a change. You're saying you're ready to give up the crutch of drugs or alcohol because you know it’s hurting you. You know you’re starting a journey that will probably be the biggest obstacle you've overcome in your life. Fear of giving up addiction can be a huge factor in why people don’t seek help.
You have to ask yourself if these reasons outweigh the benefits of living a life free of addiction. If they don’t, then it’s time to make that phone call.
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