“Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.” – J.K. Rowling

For many, making the discovery that they are utterly unable to overcome an addiction on their own will be the most humbling experience of their entire life. Trying every possible plan, avenue and scenario to escape that fact is an entirely necessary part of the recovery process. While the addict “does research,” however, life continues to slip away, and sooner or later jobs are lost, relationships dissolve, self-respect erodes, and a whole host of other negative consequences pile up on his or her shoulders.

Whether the addiction is to legal or illegal drugs, alcohol, food, sex or something else, an addicted person will be unable to “just stop,” even if they want to with all their heart and have tried with all their might. This fact is sometimes nearly impossible for family members and other onlookers to understand. They shake their heads and ask that same question over and over again, “why doesn’t he or she just quit?” This of course just adds to the burden of shame already carried by the addicted person.

The truth is that many recovered addicts share one common experience: coming to the end of themselves and admitting defeat…also referred to as “hitting bottom.” And this is humbling; especially in our “pull yourself up by your bootstraps” culture, which glorifies self-sufficiency and self-realization. For the addict, it is very tempting to imagine that trying one more approach on their own will be their ticket to overcoming their predicament. Whereas surrender is actually the entrance ramp on the high road to recovery, the addict often logically believes that just trying harder is the answer. The accumulated failures resulting from this approach are just one more heavy burden for him or her to carry.

Addiction counseling can help an addict quickly move forward in their understanding of the recovery process and what actually works. The provision of necessary support, understanding, and resources can make all the difference in whether an addict is able to recover or not. If you or someone you love is presently trapped in the nightmare of addiction, please do not hesitate to call Piper Walsh and make an appointment right now. She knows what works and what doesn’t and is highly qualified to be a guide on your journey to recovery. Imagine life as it could be and just pick up that phone!