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Why Asking for Help Can Be Difficult

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The idea behind drug rehabilitation treatment is to help struggling individuals fight a battle that they alone have been unable to win. In many cases, a drug user may have the mental resolve necessary to quit, but at some point, the physical and emotional factors become far too overwhelming and relapse quickly follows. When going about it alone, many feel stuck and helpless— a thing that can make matters even worse. 

There are times when asking for help can be the literal difference between life and death, and yet some choose to keep it all bottled inside. Why is this the case? Well, there are a number of factors at play when considering addiction, but here are a few common reasons as to why many don’t reach out for help when they need it.

Admitting a Loss of Control

At the end of the day, none of us want to come to the realization that we have lost control of our actions, behaviors, and especially, our lives. Before asking for help, a struggling individual must admit to themselves that there is a serious problem that they need help addressing and overcoming. It is human nature to find difficulty in such a thing. 

Feeling They Are a Burden

It’s no secret that addiction is something that requires attention and care. Treatment can be long and difficult, calling for the love and support of family and friends. Many times, addicts either don’t feel their particular situation warrants such an ask, or they don’t want to make those around them feel forced to help them in their recovery journey. While often misguided, this is a rather common sentiment.

Don’t Want to Lose the Respect of Loved Ones

There are many drug users, abusers, and addicts who have not yet drawn attention from those around them. For many family members and friends, a disclosure of worsening addiction could cause unexpected pain. Addicted individuals are aware of this and often don’t want to bring such problems to the surface in fear of hurting those around them and losing their respect.

Have Conflicted Feelings About Recovery

Addictions are formed for a reason. There are mental, physical, and emotional factors that lead one to engage in destructive addictive behaviors. These factors can’t simply be eliminated on a whim. The truth is, drug use brings a degree of comfort and relief to users which can be hard to leave behind. 

Potential Legal Implications

It is sometimes the case that the scope of confession goes beyond drug use and addiction, and may carry legal implications. Perhaps the individual is involved in a gang, has otherwise committed a serious crime, or has ties to people and activities that can’t be so easily cut. This can deter one from seeking out treatment on their own behalf.

Poor Influences

As the common adage goes, we are a product of those we spend our time with. For some, drug use is accompanied by close relationships with others who engage in similar activities. Users know that in order to separate themselves from the addiction, they need to separate themselves from the lifestyle which may include people they deeply care about.

Overcoming the Obstacles

While the barriers listed above can weigh heavily on those contemplating treatment, seeking help is always the best option. Regardless of the situation, reaching out to others can put an end to destructive habits and bring needed light to those walking in a dark, aimless tunnel.

The Solida Foundations focuses on helping individuals find and receive the care they need so they can overcome their addictions once and for all. For more information, contact us today.