The first step toward overcoming addiction is, like in so many other things, the hardest. And you just did it. That’s right. If you’re here, reading this article, you’ve already made your first bold move toward getting better.
Of course, you’re also here because you want to know what to do next. And we want to help.
So let’s get started!
Today we’ll take a look at what you can do right now to begin your recovery journey.
Step 1: Seek Out Information
Like we already said: you did it. This action is no small feat. It takes courage to admit we need a change. All you need to do now to round out step one is simply to finish reading this article.
Step 2: Recognize that Change Starts with You
Regardless of the circumstance, lasting change always begins with the person who needs help. No one can want this for you. You have to want the help for yourself, to want to change. And you have to commit to doing the hard work required.
Step 3: Talk to Someone You Trust About Your Desire to Get Sober
Getting our thoughts out of our heads and into the ears of someone we love does two things. First, it helps us gain a healthy perspective—maybe getting sober isn’t as scary as it sounded when the idea jostled around in our brains? Second, it gives us an ally in the fight against addiction.
Of course, it’s important to choose a person you trust—one who doesn’t use, who won’t enable you and cares enough about you that they will always speak the truth.
Step 4: Research Your Treatment Options
With yourally on your side, it’s now time to consider professional help for your addiction. Why not come at it from all angles, right?
You might choose to meet regularly in-person or online with a therapist to talk through what triggers you to use and how you can begin to replace addiction with healthy habits.
You could also consider a more hands-on approach through our facilities here at The Right Step. We offer the following options:
- In-Person Residential Treatment: 30-day stay at our facility here in Houston
- Partial Hospitalization Program: Daily in-person treatment with a return to home each night
- Intensive Outpatient Program: Attend a few in-person sessions a week
- Virtual IOP: An intensive outpatient program completed live and online
Step 5: Know that You are More Than Your Addiction
Yes, you may struggle with addiction, but this does not make up the whole of who you are as a person. You also offer a unique personality, giftings and interests that come with the possibility to make our world a better place.
Because here’s the thing. Each of us interacts with others on some level. Some of us have the most influence right inside our homes. Others hold sway in the community or at their place of business. Some of us lead, some of us follow. Some of us are just along for the ride.
Regardless, we can enrich the lives of the people around us when we recognize that we have so much to offer. And we can give more of ourselves—and enjoy more of what others offer us—when we leave our addictions behind.
You are so much more than your addiction. We can help you find the right path back to yourself. Our recovery specialists are here to answer your questions and help you uncover the road to sobriety. Call us today at 844.768.0169.