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How Can I Stop Avoiding Reality and Get with the (Recovery) Program?

How Can I Stop Avoiding Reality and Get with the (Recovery) Program?

In spite of our many limitations, reality will hit us at some point or another when it comes to addiction. Whether it is our own or a loved one who struggles with addiction, sooner or later we will have to face the facts. When it is time to stop avoiding reality and get with a recovery program, it may be hard but necessary to admit there is no other way to get sober.

Stop Watching, Start Moving

In the movie reel of our lives, it can feel like we are just watching it all happen without any ability to stop the action. If we were to pause our lives where they are for a moment, many of us would wonder how we got here and why we are here, not over there, or there on the other side. Substance abuse steals years of our lives and makes us feel like we are just spectators watching, rather than living, our own existence. We identify with the struggle of others who are having trouble, but when it comes to a close relative or ourselves, we are loathe to find a way to make necessary changes if it means we have to realize we are smack dab in the middle of the action and have hard choices to make.

Stop Avoiding

Denial is a common mechanism to keep people in addiction. Chronic behaviors like denial are a way to escape reality because addiction is really hard to stop someone who is in denial about addiction is going to avoid reality as long as humanly possible. It is uncomfortable, and risky, to make a dramatic shift from addiction to recovery. There are lots of steps to take which require fortitude and focus in the meantime. Denial of reality and responsibility, along with enabling behaviors, will only let things continue to get worse until something happens to stop it. Personal responsibility for one’s actions is avoided by people with addiction but must be confronted head on if people are going to stop avoiding and start getting with the program.

Why It is Hard

The fact is, addiction is a psychiatric, psychological, and mental disorder along with biological and physiological challenges that must be overcome. You will not find someone who is able to just ‘switch off’ being addicted to drugs or alcohol one minute to the next. Addiction takes hold of the mind, body, and spirit which requires a holistic approach to tackle the challenge of recovery with an approach that helps uncover the layers and piece one’s life together, one step at a time.

If you want to stop avoiding reality and get with the program, the reality is you need help-lots of help. Just stopping the behavior of addiction is not going to help you stay in recovery. You can still be addicted to drugs and alcohol, even after you stop. Behaviorally speaking, you need modifications to help you cope. Physiologically, your brain will still be triggered and produce cravings. Detox can take days, weeks, or even months before the body gets back to some kind of healthy balance. It takes psychotherapeutic support to deal with the mental components of addiction, including layers of trauma, abuse, neglect, and more. We are responsible for facing our own demons head on. Reality is bigger than one person, it is here and now. Facing reality is about accepting that you have addiction, and you need help. If you can face up to that, you can take the next steps, one at a time, to begin to heal in recovery.

You can start recovery from addiction with one word: ready. If you are ready in your mind, body, and spirit to quit addiction, you are taking the first big leap. There will be many steps and leaps, but taking that first one requires courage. We will help you step into recovery with tailored programs suited to support your journey. Call us 24/7 at our toll-free number: 866-294-9401