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How Do I Know I Need to Get Help?

The decision to seek help for addiction and alcoholism is the most important and rewarding decision you can make. Many men and women who have successfully recovered from addiction look back on their decision to seek help as the moment when they truly began living their lives. However, some people may be unsure of whether they need to seek help or not. Denial can be powerful, and we often do our best to convince ourselves that we can handle our problems on our own.

If we are considering that we may need help, we most definitely do. Our judgement is clouded by drugs and alcohol, and we are often unable to gain an objective view of how damaging addiction has been to ourselves and others. The problem is often far more serious than we wish to believe. At some point in our drug use and drinking, we entirely lose control. The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous explains, “But what of the real alcoholic? He may start off as a moderate drinker; he may or may not become a continuous hard drinker; but at some stage of his drinking career he begins to lose all control of his liquor consumption once he starts to drink.”

This loss of control is the manifestation of a common symptom that affects all men and women suffering from addiction and alcoholism: the physical allergy. Dr. Silkworth, in “The Doctor’s Opinion” of the Big Book, explains, “All these, and many others have one symptom in common: they cannot start drinking without developing the phenomenon of craving. This phenomenon, as we have suggested, may be the manifestation of an allergy which differentiates these people, and sets them apart as a distinct entity. It has never been, by any treatment with which we are familiar, permanently eradicated. The only relief we have to suggest is entire abstinence.”

Once our drinking and drug use has crossed over into addiction, we are never able to regain control. This is a difficult truth to face. The Big Book, “Despite all we can say, many who are real alcoholics are not going to believe they are in that class. By every form of self-deception and experimentation, they will try to prove themselves exceptions to the rule, therefore nonalcoholic.” Many of us have tried countless methods to gain control over our drinking and using, but the result was always the same. We face consequences, pain, and suffering, and only by reaching out for help will gain any sort of manageability in our lives.

Your life can become one of happiness, joyousness, and freedom in sobriety. You can make the decision to seek help today and begin building a brighter future on the journey of recovery. Resilient House, located in beautiful Shreveport, Lousiana, offers a safe and tranquil environment where clients can focus on issues and trauma that may have contributed to the onset of their addiction. For information about individualized treatment options, please call today: (833) 242-6431