Recovering from an addiction is a long journey and the first step is admitting to yourself and others that you have a problem. Even this first step can be one of the hardest to accomplish because it means you are finally breaking through the deception and denial that could have gone on for years.
You might feel ashamed and guilty about admitting your addiction but ultimately it is the beginning of a very positive change in your life. Once you recognize that you are an addict you can being making the kind of changes that will health, lifestyle and relationships for the better.
These are some of the ways that admitting you have a problem can change your life.
1. More Honesty and Openness
Once you admit that you are an addict, there is no going back to the type of lying and secrecy that were normal for you in the past. Recovery is about opening up and being honest to others in spite of your shame or guilt.
However, this type of honesty can be cathartic after years of hiding. Opening up can be a positive change in your life because it will give you the opportunity to realize you still have support in spite of your mistakes.
2. Reaching Out to Others
As you begin the process of your recovery you might also find it beneficial to begin connecting more with the people around you. In the past you might have been withdrawn and isolated yourself in order to continue abusing alcohol or drugs.
Admitting you have a problem gives you the chance to start reaching out to the people around you for support. You can build a support system that will be there for you in times of stress and make life more enjoyable.
3. Understanding Your Disease
Realizing that you have an addiction can give you new insight into your actions and behavior. Once you understand that you have this problem you can take the time to understand your disease and what it takes to heal from it.
Learning more about addiction can help you avoid falling back into old habits because you can identify triggers and better control your reaction to stress. It can be life changing to finally understand your own behavior and find ways to break the cycle of substance abuse.
4. Creating a New Lifestyle
Once you ask for help for your addiction you will begin to create a new lifestyle for yourself that supports your sobriety. There is no way that you can remain sober if you are still engaging in many of the old habits that contributed to your disease.
You will need to change the places where you hang out, some of the people you spend time with and many of the types of hobbies that you enjoy. Some of these lifestyle changes will happen naturally and some of them will be a conscious decision to better yourself.
5.Positive Goals and Activities
When you were stuck in the cycle of addiction you may not have had many goals or positive activities in your life to make you happy. Once you make the decision to be sober you will find that you have more energy and focus to reach your goals and accomplish what you never thought you could do.
You can become more active in your life and healthier than you have been in years. After admitting that you have a problem you can start to create positive goals that are achievable and can make you feel good about yourself.