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Making the decision to get sober. Denial is a basic feature of addiction. Everyone who has a problem with alcohol and/or drugs will deny that they have a problem for as long as they can get away with it. This is why we use phrases like high bottom and low bottom. It simply means that the people who get help before their lives are a complete wreck hit the “bottom” while things were still in a relative high point. Those folks who are in a state of devastation are at the lowest point they could ever imagine.
Just about anyone who has gotten sober and gotten themselves on some path of recovery will tell you they wish they had stopped before things got as bad as they did. But the fact is, everyone comes to recovery in their own way. When considering something like alcoholism, it is almost reasonable to feel as though there is nothing wrong with drinking even when it is obvious to everyone that the drinking is out of control After all, adults drink, and sometimes they drink too much.
There are tests available on line to determine if you have a drinking problem. If someone uses illegal drugs with any kind of regularity, they almost certainly have a problem. The point is, we know when we have a problem. The difficulty is admitting it to ourselves. Generally speaking, our friends and family know we have a problem well before we do.
Trent Reznor, the singer for the American Rock and Roll band Nine Inch Nails, tells the story of how David Bowie, of all the unlikely people, gave him the advice which compelled him to get sober. He tells the story of touring with Bowie at a time when his drinking and drugging were horrendous. David Bowie, who had gotten sober years prior, took Reznor aside and simple told him. “You know, there is a better way here, and it doesn’t have to end in despair or in death, in the bottom”. It seems so simple, so obvious and straight forward. Yet that is the magic of this moment. Although the man who was suffering knew the cause of hos suffering, it took someone else, someone he admired and respected to tell him the simple truth.
There are two parts to this simple truth. The recognition that there is a problem is a simple one. One simple becomes honest about the alcohol or the drugs. The solution is also simple. The treatment options are many and varied. DARA Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Thailand offer state of the art facilities and a fully trained and certified staff. Using treatment methods which treat the whole person. DARA provides a complete program of recovery that is not 12 step, but relies on a variety of therapies which help people get sober and learn to adapt to living sober.
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