For so long, I tried to hide my alcohol addiction. It went on for so long, I didn’t know what life felt like without booze. Turns out that everyone around me knew I had a problem – I didn’t fool anyone. When I finally accepted that things needed to change or I would crash and burn, I was able to reach out for help. Recovery was hard, but I was able to get on the straight. I feel like life has joy and purpose again."Bob, Excavator Operator
Substance abuse can create changes in the brain, causing powerful cravings and a compulsion to use that makes sobriety seem like an impossible goal.
But recovery is never out of reach, no matter how hopeless your situation seems or how many times you’ve tried and failed before. With the right treatment and support, change is always possible.
Below are 7 key steps to keep in mind as you get on the path to addiction recovery:
Recognize that you have a problem and decide to make a change.
Explore your addiction treatment options.
Find support for your addiction recovery.
Learn healthy ways to cope with stress.
Keep alcohol and drug triggers and cravings in check.
Build a meaningful life not dependent on substances.
Don’t let relapse keep you down.
Repeat the steps until you succeed.