Through all my years as an addict, I’ve heard more terminologies and catchphrases associated with addiction and what’s needed for an addict to get clean than I care to count. Perhaps there is no theory or phrase more prevalent than the idea an addict must hit rock bottom to have the willingness necessary to get clean.
Confronting a person when suspicion of drug or alcohol abuse arises is usually a pretty daunting task. How does a person know for sure if their loved one has a problem with addiction?
I heard the same phrase for years when I was in and out of treatment facilities hoping to turn my life around and get clean: ‘The only thing you have to change is everything’. I’ll be honest, that sounds great on paper and all, but that never seemed like a realistic approach to getting clean for me.
The people we love and care about, the connections we have and the bonds that are formed with those relationships, are the foundation that drives us as human beings.
At the beginning of July 2018, I searched for a treatment center. I was tired of being put on psych meds that I had been struggling with. I was tired of still craving drugs and relapsing.
For an addict, there are seemingly countless reasons for putting off treatment. Some of them are mere excuses a person uses to protect their addiction, and others hold more validity.
This is a topic that has been on my mind lately. As a former addict who spent years in and out of treatment facilities, the notion that I would be an addict for life was so ingrained in my mind that it stopped being something I questioned or debated.
For an addict, the prospect of leaving for treatment for an extended amount of time comes with its own fears. For the addict with a family who depends on them, that prospect can feel overwhelming.
Losing hope. Giving up. These are all common themes an addict deals with while going through the pitfalls created by addiction. Unfortunately for the loved ones of the addict, these elements associated with addiction aren’t exclusive to the person using drugs.
I have to say when I first decided to come to Narconon I was very apprehensive and unwilling to be in this program. Like so many that come to treatment, I didn’t want to admit I had a drug problem. I wanted to believe I had total control of the problem as well as my life.