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When addiction has become our way of life, we can be hesitant to consider getting professional help. Treatment can be extremely beneficial to our recovery, though, when we are open to it. Many of us have been in denial for years, trying to convince ourselves and others that we don’t have a problem. We might try to downplay the situation or hide our addiction altogether. When loved ones recommend treatment, we might emphatically deny needing help. If we do consciously realize we have a problem, we may feel we can handle it on our own. We might be prideful and afraid to ask for help, so we attempt our recovery alone. While it’s not impossible to kick your addiction on your own, getting professional support can be extremely helpful to your chances of a successful recovery. When we’ve tried on our own and relapsed, it becomes even more important to seek out help.

Treatment centers don’t just offer sober living to force you to abstain from your drug of choice. They also offer very beneficial support services such as therapy, recovery group meetings and recreational therapy. When we haven’t worked with a therapist before, we can be filled with doubt about its effectiveness. We can think there’s no way a stranger can help us. Once we give it a try, we’re often pleasantly surprised at how much it does help. We’re given a safe space, and a consistent source of support, to analyze our deepest issues and get to the root of our addictions. Similarly, recovery group meetings give us a place where we can feel safe, supported, understood and heard. We’re surrounded by others also in recovery who have so much to teach us from their own lived experience, and who we can help in return. Recreational therapy allows you to explore activities you may have never tried before, such as creative arts therapy, outdoor activities and yoga, all of which offer more than fun and enjoyment, they also teach us important life lessons and healthy coping skills. We regain our confidence and our faith in ourselves. We learn important truths about who we are and what we need to do in order to recover.

The support services, resources and activities in treatment give us a strong foundation for our recovery. They provide the support and safety we need to tackle abstinence, a new and hugely challenging endeavor for many of us. We can benefit immensely from the expertise and wisdom of the staff, many of whom are in recovery themselves and are teaching from personal experience.

If you are struggling with addiction and need help, give professional treatment some serious consideration. The community at Riverside Recovery has firsthand experience with recovery, and we’re committed to helping you succeed. Call (800) 871-5440 today.