Ask any recovering addict and they are likely to tell you the same thing: The hardest thing about getting clean is getting clean. This of course seems obvious in the minds of those who may have never struggled with substance abuse, but for those whose lives are controlled by drugs, it is a difficult reality. Drug addiction takes over our lives so thoroughly that the very idea of not using drugs seems so abstract, so insurmountable. The urge to use is more powerful than any other feeling of self-preservation, including eating or breathing. What this means is that the effort required to even attempt to get clean is something that your average person would likely have a difficult time trying to wrap their head around. It’s simply one of the most challenge things a person can go through, making it that much more crucial that we get started on the right foot.
Recovery is a challenge, to say the least, but the beautiful thing about it is that once you get clean and sober you never, ever have to use again. This is an important thing to understand for addicts who may have never tried to get clean before. Once you finally put the drugs down and make the phone call to get help, you’ve already done the most difficult part. Staying clean, dealing with life on life’s terms, getting through withdrawals, fixing our legal problems; these are all things that—while important—are doable if we just taking it one step and one day at a time.
So, if we are a drug addict and can’t stop getting high, what do we do first? How do we do this most difficult and terrifying first step? For most of us, it takes a lot of pain to get to the point where we realize that enough is enough. When that pain does get great enough, we have to realize that we can’t do this alone. We never could negotiate with our addiction before and we certainly aren’t going to now. The best thing we could possibly do for ourselves now to let someone or something else take over because doing things our way just isn’t working. Seeking help from a professional and caring drug rehabilitation center is the most common and most effective first step that millions of other recovering addicts have already taken, proving that a drug and alcohol-free life is possible.
No matter if you are not sure if you’re an addict, on the fence about getting clean, or are ready to finally throw in the towel and start fresh, you are not alone.