It’s easy to ignore things that are hard or don’t always feel good. We all procrastinate or avoid from time to time. And when you’re struggling with addiction, it’s really easy to ignore all the reasons why you need to get help now.
The addiction takes center-stage and demands all of your attention. All your focus on is getting your next drink, your next fix – so that you feel “normal” or “better.”
But the truth is; you will never truly feel better.
Not in the midst of the drinking/using and all the chaos that comes with it. It doesn’t matter how convincing you are – this isn’t about will power. There is a reason why addiction is called a “brain disease”.
And eventually, it will always take more drugs or alcohol to get even close to the same effect you had the first time you used.
There is an end point to this terminal disease. And it isn’t pleasant or happy or freeing. So don’t succumb to it – stand up and get help.
It may be hard to believe – but you CAN do this and there are a lot of folks out there who can help.
If you need some important reasons why you should get help for your addiction—now – then here you go…
1. Improving Your Health
The first important reason to consider is your health. Addiction only makes your health worse, not better.
If you are young, you may not have noticed much of a difference yet. But, as time goes by, you will see and feel dramatic changes happening to your body.
- Your liver starts having a harder time processing the alcohol and can’t do its job properly to the point where you experience liver failure
- You become more vulnerable to a heart attack or stroke
- Your skin tone and quality changes
- Your lung capacity diminishes
- You have a greater possibility of contracting HIV/AIDS due to sharing intravenous needles
- Your life expectancy is shorter
Clearly, addiction is not good for your health.
2. Strengthening Your Relationships
Another reason to get help is the relationships that you hold most dear. Whether it’s your partner, children, parents, or friends, addiction causes tremendous hurt and pain to the people you love.
You may have said or done things that you later regret and, thus, strained these relationships to the breaking point.
What’s happened in the past is done. However, by getting help, you have the power to strengthen those relationships and keep or bring those people close to you.
3. Saving Your Career
Did you spend years and thousands of dollars getting to where you are in your career? What would you do if you lost your job?
Addiction takes a toll on your work as well. At first, it’s occasionally showing up a little late or missing a project deadline. A reprimand or even a poor performance review doesn’t help. In fact, they may spur you forward in your addiction. Then, it’s more consistent absences or a blow-up at the office. Eventually, your employer will decide that it’s better to let you go.
If this scenario happens a few times, it can be damaging to your career. And once unemployed, you most likely resort to other means of feeding your addition and getting the substances you crave.
4. Bringing Joy Back Into Your Life
Remember a time when you felt happy and joyful? Was it while pursuing a hobby or sport that you like?
When struggling with addiction, it’s hard to feel happy at all. In fact, many also develop depression alongside their addiction.
There are several reasons why this occurs:
- You are more isolated from those you care about
- Hobbies, sports, and other recreational activities no longer have the same appeal
- Your focus is now on getting more drugs
- Your health and physical appearance have declined
It’s easy to focus on the obvious things that you lose with addiction. However, joy and happiness are just as important as your health, relationships, or even your job. Don’t let it slip through your fingers.
5. Having Peace of Mind
Finally, your peace of mind is certainly a reason why you should get help now for addiction. You probably feel sad, angry, and anxious with addiction.
Although when under the influence, you may experience a heightened state of pleasure—it doesn’t last. Most of the time you are in a more miserable state of mind. You may even recognize that you are miserable and need to get better.
Is that how you want to live your life?
Ultimately, you can list all of the reasons in the world why you should get help – thinking about it is easy. Talking is easy too. But until you’re willing to act – to actually get the help, real relief and real change simple will not follow. So, whether your personal motivation comes from the inside or outside—find your reason to change and take action!
Please, contact me to start your addiction recovery. Or, visit here to learn more about how I can help you.