Asking for help can be hard. Whether it’s for ourselves or a loved one, we all struggle with allowing somebody to step in and take a little bit of the stress and frustration off of our shoulders. We are taught from a young age to be independent, learning that we “should” take on the most difficult tasks on our own. However, that’s often not helpful or successful. Asking for help allows you to create strong relationships as well as maintain a sense of balance in life. It enables healthy partnerships and leaves us feeling a little less drained at the end of the day.
When we battle ourselves by refusing to step back, ignore that we can’t live our lives in a healthy way without something changing, and simply don’t ask for help, we are preventing personal growth. While it is normal to want to be successful and accomplish goals without needing somebody else, or wanting to share the credit, we are only human.
Addiction is one of the many lifestyles people of all ages and backgrounds encounter and struggle with. Often alone. It can grow from aiming for that independence and turn into a downward spiral of self-medicating, or from a variety of other influences. Often times it starts as coping mechanism and leads to dependency. What’s important is recognizing our unhealthy decisions and choosing to step back from living a high-risk lifestyle. The earlier the better.
Admitting we need guidance and support is often difficult, and that’s okay. When we face ourselves in the mirror and try to acknowledge we are making unhealthy choices, or when someone we care about refuses to admit they’re struggling, it’s important to understand that we all handle things differently. Recognizing an addiction or admitting we have a problem can be hard. It can be scary and being afraid is normal. Resisting change in any situation, even outside of addiction, is completely normal. Against popular belief, we are not failures if we reach out in need of help restructuring our day to day life.
Knowing when to ask for help can often be confusing for many, and sometimes, especially when asking for help with someone we love, it can be stressful. Nobody likes to admit they’ve made a poor life choice, or that they can’t control a part of their life. Sometimes people aren’t ready to face conversations, situations, or any interaction that could point out a high-risk or poor life choice.
For those people on the edge, those of you that are curious and teetering on the brink of reaching out – please don’t be afraid. Send us a message and we will listen. We will provide you with step by step methods that may help calm the anxiety you’re feeling, provide you with one on one counseling or group settings when needed, as well as guide you to lower risk choices by taking back control of your life. You are not alone in facing your struggles. It is okay to ask for help. Contact us today and we will help you get back to and reclaim the focus of who you be.
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