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Overcoming Fear and Asking for Help for Alcohol Addiction

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Don’t let the fear of asking for help hold you back from getting better.


They say that the first step in recovery is realizing that you have a problem and admitting it to yourself.

Just saying the words out loud can be scary: I am an alcoholic.

The thought of saying those words to someone else can be downright terrifying. Let’s take a look at why that is.

The Risks of Asking for Help

It used to be that addiction was considered a moral failure. If you were an alcoholic, it meant that you had done something very wrong.

Now, science tells us that isn’t true. Alcoholism is a disease that, just like diabetes, some people are simply susceptible to than others.

By now, most people accept and believe that. That means you don’t have to feel shame or a loss of respect. In fact, you’ll probably find that just the opposite is true. People will be proud of you for recognizing the truth and taking action. You may even inspire others to do the same.

Maybe you’re the kind of person who doesn’t like to rely on other people. If you’ve got a problem, you fix it yourself. But would you attempt to fix your own blocked arteries? Or set your broken leg?

It’s the same way with alcohol addiction treatment, which is a lot more complicated than just stopping drinking. In fact, going cold turkey without medical management can be life threatening.

So what’s left? Maybe you’re afraid that you simply can’t do it. That it’ll be too hard, both mentally and physically.

It will be hard. But what you have to remember is that giving up alcohol isn’t’ just about taking something away. It’s also about giving you back so much more—your pride, your health, your family, your mind and your life.

That’s what a good treatment program can do. Sitting alone at home and trying to white-knuckle it is a bad idea. Putting yourself in the hands of experts who can help you understand your addiction—and break free from it—is a good thing.

Alcohol Addiction Treatment in Colorado

At The Raleigh House, we’d love the opportunity to help you discover your path to a healthy, fulfilling and rewarding life. Based in Denver, we take a whole-person approach to recovery. That means we don’t just get the alcohol out of your system. We work with you to help you recover psychologically, mentally, spiritually and socially as well. Fill out our form or contact us today to learn more about the alcohol addiction treatment program at The Raleigh House.

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