Addiction is, by its very nature, isolating. The things we do to maintain the illness, to keep it secret and make it look normal separate us from the people in our lives. As the illness progresses, it simply becomes easier to hold ourselves apart. We stop trusting people, thinking they won’t understand, thinking they’ll judge us or, worse, leave. Shame and guilt fill us. Fear and anger and resentment control us, pushing us deeper into our addiction.
Then, the incredible happens. We decide to recover, to get better and to change our lives. It’s a long, hard trip. It can be dangerous and confusing. While it is possible to do it alone, it is better to have someone who has gone this way before. Someone who has faced the obstacles and troubles and found ways around and through them. While the details of their journey might fifer from ours, their knowledge and resilience can help us along in ours.
Finding someone to help us is hard. It needs to be someone we can trust but not someone too close to the pain and confusion we have sown in our lives. We need someone who has a little distance. So, we reach out. Maybe we go online and research treatment centers or 12-Step programs or other ways to find the road to wellness. Still, we are alone. Overwhelmed maybe. There is a lot of information out there on recovery. They all have one thing in common: people. We have to step outside of ourselves, dig into the ache and trauma and find someone to help us find that first step.
Picking up the phone or writing the email asking for help is a huge step, one we have to do alone but after that, there are people in the world who know how to help us. They might have personal experience. They might have special training. Or both. The important thing is that they have the ability to walk with us. They are the light in a dark night.
Reach out. Ask questions. Get help. Recovery is possible. Find someone who has found a way through addiction’s mess and let them help.
At Fort Worth Recovery, we understand the intricacies of addiction and mental health, are trained in a variety of modalities and have worked with many people over the years to fight their addictions and save their own lives. Call us today at 817 382 2894 or visit us online.