Struggles with addiction can last a lifetime, which makes it difficult to continue sobriety. It takes faith, determination, grit; all these qualities are important but, most importantly, it takes courage. Recovery is not for the faint-hearted, it is for those who seek true, lasting change that is powerful and transformative.
Courage Under Pressure
Courage may be described as a pressurized process. It is the ability to move forward despite feeling fear, frustration, or other emotions which press in on all sides. This refining fire only creates a sharper, more focused person who is determined to make lemons out of lemonade and move forward with life one step at a time.
Addiction is Lack of Courage
In some people’s perspectives, addiction itself is due to a lack of courage or willpower. This is a judgment many people deal with on a daily basis from family, friends, and loved ones. There is the opinion that people who develop an addiction were not able to face the situation and cope. Turning to drugs and alcohol is a coping mechanism, but it is not due to lack of courage that people continue with addictive behaviors. There are many reasons why addiction continues to take over a person’s life. The most courageous thing a person can do is face up to the challenge of recovery head on by admitting a problem exists and seeking help.
Call for Help
Taking the courageous step to ask for help requires faith. Faith in the sense that what comes next will be better than what came before. When a person with addiction reaches out to loved ones or friends for support, it indicates the desire for change is there and something inside has shifted. Ready to face the unknown, fear and all, new adventures await as the person seeks to transform their life for the better.
Life change is scary, there is no doubt about that. The comfort and familiar way of doing things can make it seem like that is the best way to go. It is common for a person to feel the challenges of life are too hard but letting go of the old life to have new life ahead is what will bring transformative change. Know that change does not happen in a vacuum. Any change that occurs is not done alone. Millions of people struggle with addiction and millions more are in recovery on a daily basis. The struggle is an individual one, but collectively groups gather to support one another even as family, friends, and loved ones also gather to rally around the person who reaches out for help. Be courageous, have faith. A recovery journey begins with one step, then the next, then the next, and so on. Each day is a new one, filled with trials, positive and negative, but the journey is worth taking.
Sound Recovery helps knows it takes so much courage to up and ask for help when you are down. Don’t stay down. Reach up and reach out for help. Call us to find out how our programs, services, and therapists can help you reach your true potential in recovery. The choice is yours but you are not alone. Call today: 561-277-3088.