The beginning is…well…the beginning

What can we say about the beginning of our recovery process.  It’s raw, it hurts, we may be scared, we feel crappy in our spirit our soul and of course, our body. The good part of all this is that every day you will begin to feel better. You will start to walk free of the influence of the drug you were addicted too.

right now

The beginning of ANY journey starts with the first step. Based on the quote below, 23 million Americans have already taken their first step.

Over 23 million Americans are in recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs according to a nationally representative survey from The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) and The Partnership at Drugfree.org conducted among 2,526 adults, ages 18 and older, living in the United States. **”Frequently Asked Questions.” Frequently Asked Questions. Web. 02 Apr. 2016

Just remember, because others have blazed the trail, you can too. You are not alone in this thing.  Don’t let your addiction lie to you.  It will try to isolate you. The truth is, all the work you did as an addict, if you can put 1/2 of that effort into your recovery YOU WILL BE SUCCESSFUL.

I’ve lived it personally, but the kicker is, as an addictions counselor, I see people do it every single day. I see the struggle. BUT..people begin to recover simply by taking their first unsteady baby step. This step could be any of the following

  • entering a detox or treatment center
  • telling someone they have an addiction problem
  • throwing away your tools and paraphernalia
  • walking into a 12 step meeting
  • leaving the area you use in

These are just the most obvious. Your first step is as unique as you are. Everyone’s recovery process can be similar but totally different as we.

The key is…start!

The first step is the hardest…but it does get easier.

Reach out. Ask for help. Tell someone. here are some links that can help you take the first step.

drugabuse.gov is a good place to start

Overcoming addiction

Narcotics Anonymous WORLD SERVICES

Alcoholics Anonymous

Feel free to reach out to me. Send me your questions or concerns. I will do the best I can to steer you in the right direction.

See you on the flip side

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