It can be difficult for many people to come forward and ask for assistance when it comes to receiving professional treatment for addiction. Why does this hold true? In order to overcome a problem (any problem), such as addiction or a substance abuse disorder, it is necessary to acknowledge that we are not perfect and that we require assistance from others in order to be successful. However, engaging in such behavior is not a dishonorable act. After all, there is no such thing as a perfect human being, and sooner or later, everyone will require assistance with something.
In today’s society, we have a tendency to carry a personal burden of shame that is kept hidden in our minds. However, it is beneficial to practice not feeling embarrassed or of “low self-worth” when asking for assistance, as this can be a barrier to getting the assistance that you need. Seeking professional help or opening up to a trusted friend or family member about the challenges you are facing in life is the antithesis of lacking pride and dignity; rather, it demonstrates these qualities. Consider it an act of bravery because sometimes it’s difficult to admit that you are not perfect or that you have flaws in your character. Think of it as a courageous act of bravery.
In point of fact, many people who have successfully recovered from an addiction to drugs or alcohol acknowledge that the assistance of friends, family, and professional therapists who care for the individual when they need them the most was the single most important factor in their success. Therefore, it is best for individuals who are in the process of recovering to practice building “nourishing interactions” with people rather than engaging in “toxic interactions” with other people, which means feeling shame and keeping your problems a secret due to shame. This means being honest, upfront, detailed, and truthful about the problems you need help with — whether it’s finding a rehab facility, a counselor, or even just asking for simple advice. Being honest means being truthful about your problems.
Addiction is a disease that affects both the mind and the body, and in order for an individual to achieve a better and healthier way of living, the individual often requires guidance. It is important for families and individuals to keep in mind that addiction is not a shameful act or a character flaw. Addiction is a disease that affects both the mind and the body.
Find a person or a group of people who will respect what you have to say and will genuinely help you if it comes time for you or a loved one to speak up about an addiction problem. Because addiction is a sensitive topic that many people don’t understand due to its complexity and the stigma that surrounds it, it is important to speak with someone who is knowledgeable about the nature of addiction rather than with someone who will only ridicule you or a loved one who is struggling with addiction. Reach out to people, have a conversation about it, and most importantly, ask for assistance. It’s possible that the difference between feeling ashamed and having no shame at all can make all the difference in the world when it comes to getting sober.