Admitting you are struggling with addiction is hard enough. Having to be the one to choose to overcome it only makes things even harder. If you are in need of a few reminders why recovery is going to make your life better, here are five reasons taking the next step is going to be worth it.
Your short-term health
Addiction makes living from day to day very difficult, especially when thoughts of the thing you crave take over your mind every single hour of every single day. Even when you give in to those cravings, you never really feel good, at least not for long. When you get better, you will come to realize what you have been missing: feeling good. Having energy, being able to focus and participating more in what is going on around you will improve your life significantly.
Your family and friends
A substance cannot offer you love and affection, but family and friends can. Whether you know it or not, they want to be able to be there for you, to help and support you. Your addiction is the only obstacle standing in the way of that. Your loved ones want to see you happy and healthy, whether they have told you so or not. If there are hard feelings between you, know that part of recovery will be working through those things, so that your relationships can become stronger and better than they have ever been before.
It’s probably not very easy to do work when your addiction is always sitting there on your shoulder, begging for attention. You might not even have a steady job because of it. First of all, remember that these things aren’t your fault. While you may not always be in control of your behavior, there is one way you can take charge, and that is by choosing recovery. There is a job out there you love, whether you have found it yet or not. Saying goodbye to your addiction will allow you to find that ideal job and dedicate yourself to it, instead of to your addiction.
Your long-term health
Addiction has harmful long-term emotional and physical side effects, depending on what you are personally struggling with. The longer you abuse your body, the harder it may be to bounce back mentally and physically from the side effects. This isn’t to say that it isn’t possible. Think about your future self. Don’t you want to be healthy? You don’t have to depend on something that isn’t good for you in order to get through the day. Find support from the people and places around you and choose health over addiction, even when it seems like an impossible choice to make.
Simply put, addiction is expensive. That’s the ultimate hidden danger: you will never receive anything from your addiction in return for what you pay out. Think of how much money you will save once you stop spending it on harmful things that don’t last forever or even care about you. You might even be able to afford a nice apartment; good food; a real vacation. The possibilities go on and on. If you want to challenge yourself, figure out how much per month your addiction is costing you right now. Look at that number. What could you do with that money instead? You can make that dream a reality, you know.
Even the word recovery seems far off and unachievable, but it is worth it. You will be happier and healthier. You will be closer to the ones you love. Without addiction in the way, your dreams can actually come true. Don’t wait: the time is now. Learn how to start the process of healing and recovery.