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30 Dec Take the First Step to Recovery

New Year’s is a time for new beginnings. It is a time to reflect on your past and shape your future. If you are struggling with addiction, New Year’s may be a good time to walk towards a sober lifestyle.
The first step of the 12 step program used by Alcoholics Anonymous and many addiction recovery programs is Honesty. “We admit we were powerless over [the addiction]—that our lives had become unmanageable.” The first step to recovery is to admit that you have a problem. Many people falsely believe that they are in control of their addiction, that if they wanted to, they could stop at any time. However, that denial is what holds many people hostage to their addiction. The truth is a painful thing to accept for many people who are struggling with addiction.

So How Can I Take That First Step?
Let Go of Your Pride
In order to change, you have to be humble. Admitting to yourself that you are powerless and that you cannot control your life is the ultimate display of humility. Pride is what tells you “I’ve got this” or “I could quit if i really wanted to.” Letting go of that pride will allow you to see things as they truly are, and it will allow you to be able to repair the damage that your substance abuse has caused.

Be Willing to Abstain
Many people recognize that they have a problem, but are unwilling to change it. In order to take your first step towards recovery, you have to be willing to let go of your past and move forward. Even if you have a small desire to change, that tiny spark can lead you to a lasting recovery. If you are having a hard time finding the desire to change, sit down and evaluate your life. Look at your relationships, your health, and your life path. Determine moments when your actions are incongruent with your belief system, and use that as a way to help you move forward.

Think of the Things You Will Gain
Instead of looking backwards, look forwards as you seek to recover. Think of how much more full, rich, and meaningful your life will be without the dependency of the substance.

Make a Phone Call
The first and most important part of addiction recovery is doing something to change. Call us today at 1.855.652.HEAL (4325) to being your road to recovery. We are available 24 hours a day, waiting to help people change their lives.

Mike is a Licensed Substance Use Disorder Counselor (LSUDC) and is continuing his education by pursuing a degree in Social Work at the University of Utah. Mike began his career in 2008 working in youth residential treatment. Soon after, he identified his passion for working with the adult population suffering from addiction and chemical dependency and transitioned into adult residential, in-patient, and out-patient treatment. Mike has excelled in a variety of supervisory and director level positions, and is currently succeeding as the Director of Client Relations at Therápia. In addition, Mike has been practicing as a Certified Equine Specialist, using the EAGALA Model, since 2008. Using the EAGALA model, he works in a team to facilitate Equine Psychotherapy and Equine Life-skills sessions. Mike grew up in St. George Utah and has always taken advantage of the wide array of outdoor and recreational activities Southern Utah provides. He has capitalized on his love for and expertise in the stunning surrounding environment to facilitate experiential therapy and metaphorical learning.

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