Admitting that you have a substance abuse problem isn’t easy. It takes courage and honesty to admit you’re abusing alcohol or other drugs. But once you’re ready to look at your use, you’ve taken a big step toward overcoming the problem. When you face your problem, you also accept that you’re accountable for your actions and for changing them. There are many programs and people who can help you overcome your problem. And remember, it’s OK to get help. It’s also the first step to getting your life back together.
Recovery doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a lifelong process with many steps along the way. During those steps, you’ll work on changing the things that were part of your substance abuse. A counselor or other health care provider can give you support. So can a priest, minister, or rabbi who is trained in substance abuse counseling. Friends and family may also help once you are connected with professionals. Together you can decide on lifestyle changes necessary to success, enabling you to have a positive and rewarding life.