Sometimes change can feel daunting. The truth is change is inevitable. One look at nature shows you change is happening everywhere, all the time. From the cherry blossoms in spring to the changing leaves in the fall, change is consistent. For those struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, life may feel like it never changes.
The nature of drug addiction or alcoholism is the persistent desire to get high or drunk. This cycle repeated day after day can start to feel like a nightmare version of Groundhog Day. Starting the day sick wondering where the next high is coming from is exhausting. It is possible to convince yourself it is impossible to change. The truth is humans are resilient and everyone has the capacity to change.
Change starts with a single step. Carl Jung said, “We cannot change anything until we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses.” The first step is acceptance. You don’t have to like something to accept it. You can accept it is raining, even when you prefer sunshine. Condemning rain doesn’t make the rain stop.
You may not like your boss. Disliking your boss will do nothing to change your boss. You have several options. You can change how you think about your boss which can change the way you react to your boss. You can make a list of all the characteristics you admire and respect about your boss which can change the way you react to your boss. You can take action to apply for a different job with a different boss. You can keep going the same way, but that is likely a road filled with pain.
If you are at a crossroads with drinking or using, change is possible. The first, single step might be saying out loud to yourself that you need help changing. It takes courage to ask for support. The first step may be calling a treatment center to get information. The first step might be going to a 12 step meeting.
Change begins with a single step. If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction, the next step you take might save your life. You may not believe change is possible. That is ok. You can make the call and ask for help anyway. The only thing you have to lose is tomorrow might not be Groundhog’s Day all over again. That’s a change worth fighting for.
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