Few people recognize when they reach rock bottom. They only realize what’s happened after they’ve found themselves trapped in that lonely and dark place.
The person’s lifestyle will continue to deteriorate as he loses his job, gets kicked out of home, and other bad things happen. But sometimes, it is not until someone is in recovery that they look back and admit, “That, for me, was rock bottom.”
Maybe you haven’t reached true rock bottom yet. Addiction does, however, take the person through some pretty rough times. He or she loves the way the high feels, and nobody appreciates it like they do. There is recognition, however, that all relationships have disintegrated and control over their future is lost. What it takes every day to get up and out of bed, struggling with withdrawal symptoms and making their way to the next high, finally reaches a level of discomfort that compels the person to get help.
Ask Yourself Some Questions
How are you doing in all this? Do you ever dream of having a normal life? Have you stopped to consider what effort you would be willing to expend in order to stop? It doesn’t work if you insist that you can do it alone and you refuse all help. Your life will become hard to handle, with each day beginning with the same old promise to stop and ending with that needle in the arm, or smoking, or snorting. You hate it, don’t you?
How about trying some 12-step meetings? Those are places where you’ll hear other people’s stories, and you’ll know that you’re not alone. What about going in for just one meeting with an assessment counselor? Many people are surprised at the understanding they find at a methadone clinic. The counselors there are trained to guide you through the recovery process, and they work to provide services to you offering dignity and privacy.
A New Beginning
In fact, substance abuse counseling can be just the beginning for those who want to get their lives back on track. You will find a physician-supervised program for medication-assisted treatment. The medication you receive prevents you from experiencing cravings and the physically uncomfortable symptoms of withdrawal. You’ll learn how to improve your outlook on life, your relationships with others, and to put past difficulties behind you. Many get referrals to other physicians so they can get their overall health back on track again.
Can you imagine what life offers to those who take the chance and call? Just by going in for an initial assessment, you begin to explore life as a regular person once again. It would be nice to laugh with friends—without getting high—find a job, or do well at the one you have, and once again enjoy the respect of your family. It can be your turn for recovery. Just make the call.