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Making the Decision to Ask for Help

Deciding that you’ve had enough of living with addiction is the first step toward discovering a life of happiness, joyousness, and freedom in sobriety. It can be a difficult decision to come to, however, and self-deception can be powerful. We may try all sorts of ways to convince ourselves that we are not addicted and do not need help, but when we finally realize that we cannot control our drinking or drug use, we are ready to embark upon the rewarding journey of recovery.

At some point we lose power over our choice to drink or take drugs. The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous explains that there are three types of drinkers. The moderate, who can “take it or leave it,” the “hard drinker,” who is able to stop with sufficient reason, though it may be difficult or troublesome, and then there are those suffering from alcoholism or addiction: “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 drinking.” Many of us passed from moderate drinking or drug use to alcoholism or addiction, and it takes quite some time to realize that we can never again return to a state of moderate use. We have entirely lost the ability to assert control over our use.

The Big Book explains, “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.” The decision to finally seek the help we need often comes after attempting all sorts of ways to assert control over our drinking or drug use by our own willpower. We find, however, that we cannot regain control no matter what we do. We realize that there is only one way for us to be rid of the pain and suffering of our addiction, and that is to seek help.

Your life doesn’t have to be held back by the chains of addiction. You can make the decision to seek help today and begin building a brighter future. Resilient House, located in beautiful Shreveport, Louisiana, brings together the highest quality behavioral health and addictions specialists, holistic experts, and spiritual guides to help clients develop all the tools necessary to achieve and maintain sobriety. For information about treatment options, please call today: (833) 242-6431