Seeking help for addiction: my story

I never thought I’d be in the position I am today, struggling with addiction. It has always felt like such a distant thing, something that happened to other people, never me. Now here I am dealing with this issue and trying to seek help.

My addiction started gradually. Like most people, I started out just having a good time and feeling invincible. But as my dependence grew I realized things had gotten out of hand and I needed to do something about it before it ran my life completely.

At first it was hard to admit how big an issue this was for me - vulnerability is not something I’m comfortable with - so admitting that I could use help took me big step outside my comfort zone. And yet when I did reach out for help from family and friends it made all the difference in the world. Having people by my side who are understanding and supportive is invaluable; their presence keeps me motivated to keep up the work of recovery.

Reaching out for help can be incredibly scary, especially if you don’t know where or how even to get started or if you’re ashamed or scared about what you feel. But please don’t wait until it’s too late - getting help is possible and resources are available everywhere, no matter how daunting the task seems initially. And it gets easier once you take that first step – after all, everyone needs a helping hand from time to time in life!

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Hi there,
I’m so sorry that you’re having to go through this difficult experience. Having gone through a difficult journey with addiction myself, I understand the immense pressures you may be experiencing. It’s totally understandable to feel embarrassed when admitting to yourself and to others that you need help- it can feel like a vulnerable situation.

I want to encourage you not to fear reaching out for the help that you need. Talking through your feelings and experiences with somebody who is understanding can really help in taking the pressure off. Whether it’s family or friends, they can offer invaluable support and could counsel you towards other helpful resources in your area if need be.

It took me a while before I was ready to face my issues head on, but once I did - taking that first step was definitely the hardest part! It does become easier from there – not least because of all the amazing people it helps us bring into our life who are willing and able to lend a helping hand when needed.

Remember that it doesn’t have to be as daunting as it seems, and don’t hesitate to reach out for help whenever necessary!