by MARK KILLARMay 24, 2012
Recovery is a simple process of taking one step after another.
In all situations involving addictions there are usually at least two people involved. The addict is the first, while the other is the person striving to help the addict get better. The addict’s parents, brothers, sisters, friends, wife or husband, are so emotionally bound that they practically live for the happiness of the one suffering of drug addiction.
Unfortunately, as long as someone else is ready, willing and able, then you, the addict, cannot help but to at times engage them in solving your problems. If that's the case, then certainly you’re not on the path to a “good” recovery. The time will come when you get sick and tired of being “sick and tired,” and eventually desire change. You'll do what you need to, and not ask others to do it for you. That's the first sign of serious intent. And it's your first real step toward recovery.
So you've made the awesome decision to find recovery, great! But what do you need to do on your own to start? The first step is simple. Go online and find a local AA, NA, or other 12-Step meeting. Once you've identified the meeting location, date, and time, you’ll need to find transportation to get there. Depending on your transportation options, you might need a ride. No problem. If you don't have a car and friends aren’t around to help, it's alright to ask a supporting family member to take you to the meeting. Next, don’t be shy at the meeting. If you stand up in the meeting and say you're “new” and need a ride to and from the meeting location, rest assure that many hands will rise to offer assistance.
There may be circumstances where you need to have your parents help you with a ride home from the first meeting, but your focus should be on looking to others in recovery. By forming bonds with people in AA or NA, you'll begin to work a more serious program. You'll hear stories you can identify with, and know you aren't alone.
If your situation is more serious, you may need to go to a rehab or a halfway house. You can ask for help regarding housing at a meeting as well. I witnessed a man who sat and cried in public, claiming that he wanted to stop his substance abuse and needed some help. Miraculously, hundreds of dollars were put together on the spot to fund a 2-week start at a halfway house—a place he could comfortably call his “home” and perhaps get a new job. Addicts who are in good recovery like to repay the favor by helping others follow in their footsteps. If you are serious about healing, have faith in your ability to do it without your parents or spouse.
Recovery is a simple process of taking one step after another. They may be the hardest steps you've ever taken. But at the end of your hard work, you'll be able to look at yourself in the mirror and realize that the "you" is a better "you," inside and out. Start today. Take the first step. Good luck!
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