The recovery process is a journey, and it’s not likely an individual will go straight from denial to treatment. In fact it’s more common to go through 5 stages of change starting with precontemplation to action and maintenance.
Recognizing Addiction Is A Problem
Most recognize the first step in recovery as admitting they have an addiction.
In actuality, the first stage of change is precontemplation - marked by defensiveness, endless justification and even denial, and it isn’t something we might normally consider change. Many people get stuck in this stage, focusing on the positive effects of their substance use and ignoring their addictive behaviors.
The second stage of change, contemplation, is when an individual begins to notice how their substance use is affecting everyday life, an awareness that it is an issue, and admit they have a problem.
Coming to this realization isn’t easy. In everyday life, the consequences of actions usually do not occur until the somewhat distant future. This can make the decision to stop easy to ignore - and hard to recognize.
Some experience a dramatic event like being arrested, losing a relationship, or being fired that snaps them out of denial. Others start to see it gradually affecting their life, from strained relationships to concerned family and friends.
The individual facing substance abuse must ask one critical question: do I have a problem with drugs and alcohol? It can be painful to look at what life is like because of drugs or alcohol, but it’s worth taking an honest inventory.
These resources can help:
Making A Change
It is not enough to simply recognize a problem. There may be many friends, family and loved ones encouraging individuals toward recovery, but they alone must take the first actionable step.
Seeing an addiction counselor
Exploring treatment options
Establishing a sober support network
If you or a loved one need help with substance abuse, Care Addiction Center can help you along every step of the way. Call our Illinois rehab today at 630-402-0144.