It’s difficult to admit to yourself and to others that you have a substance abuse problem or an issue with sobriety. It’s natural to have feelings of embarrassment and shame. However, admitting that you have the problem is the first step on the path of recovery. In order to get help, you must first admit that you have a problem. Once you have made this admission to yourself, it gets easier to disclose this to others. This is not an easy process, but it must be done. Making the choice to get help usually involves steps that will put you on the road to recovery and control.
Deal with Yourself First
Admitting that you have a problem may take some time and conscious effort. However, this battle is a personal one and the first step always begins with the person who has the problem. Give yourself time to accept that you are struggling. This may take some time but this part of the process is essential.
Talk to People You Trust
Once you’ve admitted to yourself that you have a problem, you can talk to other people in your life that matter. This may be your parents, siblings, or other extended family members and friends. Let the people closest to you know your struggle. They may become the support system you need on your journey to recovery.
Avoid People Places & Things that Fed Your Problem
This step may be extremely difficult for anyone that is beginning the steps to recovery. However, it’s essential that you avoid those people, places, and things that always led you to do self-destructive things. You may need a buddy to help you with this piece to the puzzle. It may take someone that agrees to be available for you to talk to and to help you avoid these negative influences. This may mean not hanging out with the guys from work that sold vacuum metalizing equipment, just because they represent the temptation to fall back into self-destructive habits. Whatever you need to do, do it. As you begin your journey, these types of decisions will become easier.
Making the choice to seek help may be the most difficult part of the recovery process. However, once you begin to peel away the layers of the recovery process, it gets much easier. You don’t have to go it alone. Tell those closest to you about your struggle and allow them to be a support system and an ear for you as you navigate the road to recovery.