If you are an addict or alcoholic, you will always have a place to go where you can share your story without shame, embarrassment, or judgment. The rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and other 12-Step programs are filled with people just like you. If you feel like some of the things you’ve done in your past are too terrible to speak of, or that no one has been involved in situations like you have, you are in for a big surprise.
If you think of the worst thing you’ve done, it’s guaranteed someone in the rooms has done something worse. If you think that time when you drank hand sanitizer was bad, the guy next to you gave windshield wiper fluid its moment in the sun. Not that one is better than the other, but you catch the drift.
Stories of falling into a septic tank, or sideswiping an entire street of cars, and being present for the overdose of a friend are commonplace. When you walk through the doors of the rooms, there is no moral hilltop from which anyone can stand. We all have the disease of addiction, and we’ve all done things we’re not proud of.
Recovery is Finding the Reasons Why
A big piece of recovery is digging deep, and finding out the reasons why we drank or used. Some of the things that come to the surface can be painful, but we share them in confidence with another addict or alcoholic, and we move on with our lives. We get rid of the secrets, because our secrets will keep us sick. You may be surprised that your sponsor isn’t at all surprised when hearing your stuff. No matter what it is in our past that we’re ashamed of, someone else has something much worse.
We can never know the price someone pays for a smile, the strength it takes for someone to say their thoughts out loud, even if they are difficult to hear, and what goes on inside someone’s mind. Often we think to ourselves how shocked people would be if they could tune into what goes on in our minds. The same is true for everyone. Our internal lives within ourselves and our private lives can look much different.
If you’re struggling with addiction, you are not alone. The Lakehouse Recovery Center has a solution, and all you need is a willingness to get sober. Addiction is a disease, and we are confident that our approach to treating it will give you the best foundation for your sobriety. You don’t have to hide anymore, you don’t have to keep lying, and you certainly don’t need to feel embarrassed about getting help. No one gets better alone, and we are here to help you. Pick up the phone and give us a call. We are available 24/7, toll-free at (877) SOBER | (877) 762-3707. Your life can change and you can recover.