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Admitting Addiction to Loved Ones

Coming to realize that we have become powerless over drugs and alcohol and that are lives are unmanageable is the first step of 12 Step Recovery programs. We may be able to admit to ourselves that we suffer from addiction and alcoholism, but are uncomfortable admitting it to others. The fear of judgement is powerful, but we must be willing to be open about our struggles with drugs and alcohol to our loved ones if we are to begin living the life of rigorous honesty suggested by recovery programs.

Addiction is a complex disease that affects us mentally, physically, and spiritually. Our affliction is not the result of a lack of morality or willpower, and we should not feel shame about reaching out for help. Often, our families and friends have been aware of the problem before we were ourselves. Coming clean about our addiction will not only benefit us by opening up the doors for our family and friends to help support us in recovery, but will also allow them to begin healing from the damage our addiction has caused.

We may be afraid that admitting our addiction to loved ones will change their opinion of us, or cause them pain and resentment. However, we will be surprised how well the conversation goes once we decide to be open and honest with them. According to About Recovery, “Fear loves to lie to you with words like these: ‘your family will not love you if you tell them about your addiction,’ and ‘it’s not an addiction—just a habit that is not hurting anyone.’ Do not accept these internal voices as truth. You know you need help, so go talk to your family about finding it.” After we have had a frank and honest discussion, our loved ones will more than likely be supportive of our recovery.

Honesty with loved ones does not end after we admit our addiction. We should continue to be honest with them about our recovery. Addiction is a disease that affects the entire family, and we cannot expect to be forgiven for our past misdeed overnight. The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous explains, “Yes, there is a long period of reconstruction ahead. We must take the lead. A remorseful mumbling that we are sorry won’t fit the bill at all.” We will, in time, show our determination to remain sober and repair damaged relationships through our actions. First, we must summon the courage to tell our loved ones that we need help.

Recovery is possible no matter how far down the scale we have gone. You can make the courageous decision to seek help now and embark upon the rewarding journey of recovery. Resilient House, located in beautiful Shreveport, Louisiana, is staffed with caring and compassionate professionals who understand the disease of addiction from every angle, and are determined to help you achieve a life of lasting sobriety. For information about treatment options, please call today: (833) 242-6431