My Personal Struggle with Addiction - What's the Best Way for Me to Overcome It?
My heart has been having sharp pains. I have been dipping for 24 years (since age 12). I drink pretty heavy (once or twice a week) and I have started having many problems (I think heart related).
If I drink and don’t dip, my heart isn’t too bad. If I drink and dip, my heart has many start and stops to it. I don’t want to stop drinking or dipping, but what can I do to regulate my body from shutting down? If I need to stop all bad addictions I possibly will be able to do (but not probably over the long term).
I have a 4 and a 7 year old boy that I want to grow old to see, but I don’t know if I can kick my addiction enough. I’m weak from many years of addiction. What do you suggest. What is the best path to take? I normally don't ask anyone for advise, but this is very important to me and my family.
It begins by you making the decision that you want to see your boys grow up, and then deciding that you'll do whatever it takes to achieve sobriety, whether you 'like' what that involves or not.
A lot of addicts get stuck and go nowhere because they think they know a better way to get clean, or don't like the idea of another. That's just the ego trying to control your addiction, so you need to put your ego in your pocket, humble yourself, and once you've done that you're ready to begin.
Then pick up the phone or do some research and find yourself a good drug and alcohol rehab program
where you can begin your journey of recovery. Forget thinking you can do this alone, so get help from professionals who understand addiction and know what it takes to overcome it.
Understand too that going through an addiction treatment program is only the first step. You need a plan to help you stay sober and this is where drug and alcohol recovery programs
like AA and NA will help you do that because they provide a proven system that has helped millions build new lives for themselves outside of drugs and alcohol.
That's it. Get treatment and then get involved in a 12 step program like AA or NA. Do what they teach you and your life will change. Now your mind is probably going - this isn't for me and thinking up all sorts of other excuses. When that happens just think of your kids and go ahead anyway.
Your life will change by you taking action. Nothing changes if nothing changes. You're now faced with a choice. Do nothing or take action. I pray that you make the right decision because you can get through this and turn your life around. There are people out there ready to help you. But you have to let them first.
God Bless and Good Luck.