Recovery Towards Your Best life
When You Should Seek Treatment
Feelings of Spiritual Exhaustion
There is a misunderstood cliche about ‘rock bottom’ when dealing with addiction. While it can refer to destructive activities, more likely the sentiment is a psychological and spiritual realization that there is something wrong with the path you are on. The exhaustion of keeping the facade in place, the acknowledgement of your current situation in life and the continued failure to control your addiction are part of the triggers that lead people to finally seek out help. A cascade of anger, resentfulness, wasted time, money and opportunity builds up to finally break down into a humble acceptance that you need to chart a new, healthier path in life and are willing to submit yourself to the process of recovery.
You Do not Let Others Know
You do not let others know of the fear that you constantly live in. Whether it is running into someone you know, talking to friends, being found out, or even dying, you know that you cannot go on like this. You feel that something has to give and when it does, it will not be good.
Your Feel Trapped By Your Addiction
You cannot see how you can be happy if you cannot drink or use drugs and you know that you cannot be happy if you do. Your life seems to be hanging on by a thread and you are falling apart at the seams.
Something In YoU Knows
Something hidden away under the layers of addiction, resentment, fear, anger, frustration and lack of control over your life, knows that this can be better. There has to be a way life can be better than this, but how?
“I was continually judging and criticizing myself and this kept me on the Crazy Train. In recovery, one of the first things I learned was to be kind to myself. Practicing kindness and compassion towards myself gave me the feet to stand up against all of the negative thoughts I had, all of the negative experiences I recalled. Because I learned it’s okay to care for and value myself, I am able to remember that my past and regret over my past do not define who I am today.”
BC Addiction Recovery Center
Treatment is about living much better and healthier and getting your life back; but more than that it is about creating a new life for yourself. It is about becoming the person that you can be and really are, the person that is currently trapped under your addiction. Stopping the drinking, the drug use and the compulsive and obsessive behaviours is the key to the door of your new life. The paradox is that you need to give up trying to control “it”. You need to let go and get help. That is the critical first step.
Even though you may not believe in anything, or feel you have little if any hope left, or confronted with a sense of ‘damned if you do and damned if you don’t’…these are feelings to be accepted and acted upon, rather than denied. When you have nothing to lose by embracing this realization, when you are at YOUR bottom, the question becomes, if not now, when?