Navigating the world of mental health treatment can feel overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to. I’m realizing this more and more as I continue exploring my journey to addictions recovery.
When the reality of my addiction weighed down on me, my first step was admitting that I needed help. It seemed like such a big scary unknown territory. How would I know what resources were available or who could help?
I started by searching online for referrals and reading other people’s stories about their mental health treatment experiences. Every story was unique and yet so familiar, so reassuring in its own way. Not only did these stories give me helpful information about how to find the right kind of support, but it reminded me that I was not alone in this experience and that feeling validated my feelings.
The next step was giving myself permission to be vulnerable and really talk to someone about what had led me to this point in life. It wasn’t easy letting go of some of my pride in order to admit I was struggling with addiction but it quickly began to shape up my willpower and strength. Working with a therapist has been an invaluable tool in uncovering the underlying layers of pain from unresolved trauma which have impacted beliefs I have formed over time; beliefs about who I am or how life “works” were all impacting underlying issues driving my addictive behaviors - knowledge which changed the game completely!
Now that I’ve started on this road of self-discovery, every day brings new breakthroughs as well as moments of transformation when habitual patterns flip into something more positive and healthy - something that will sustain me through even a strong craving or desire! Mental health treatment is an ongoing inner work, finding out things you didn’t know about yourself that provide glimpses into why your behaviors have been like they are - but one thing is certain: there’s hope for healing after all!