How many times have you committed to quitting drinking at the turn of a year only to disappoint yourself as much as your loved ones? After all, it seems like January is the perfect month for a fresh start, and trying to improve your situation and emotional well-being is commendable. But do these resolutions work, or do they lead straight to failure?
If you’ve tried quitting on your own several times, you probably won’t be able to stay sober without the right help and support. At Bellwood Health Services , our studies show that 83% of our substance abuse clients who participate in the comprehensive treatment program and accept the recommended support as part of continuing care are successful in their addiction.
David Paul, advisor with Bellwood Health Services, believes that while making New Year’s resolutions sounds like a good idea, they rarely work. “Someone might resolve to undergo treatment. But to be successful, you have to be prepared. This decision must therefore be carefully considered. However, the situation is completely different in the case of a treatment order: the person then has no choice to go through the process. The truth is, there is no bad time to start treatment. And in some cases, it’s even safer. “
For many people, making commitments and breaking them is nothing unusual. In people with addiction, this is a common behavior: their dependent mind tries to justify why it would be better to stop drinking in January and not immediately. “It’s one of their ways of not breaking down,” says Lauren Melzack, clinical supervisor at the Edgewood Treatment Center . They promise everyone, including themselves, that they will do it differently this time around. Obviously, they never act, and only persist in their mentalities. “Just one last party, and then the 1st January, I’m quitting ”… that’s a crazy mentality. In the case of alcoholism, it seems obvious; however, since addiction breeds all kinds of problematic behaviors, resolving any kind can get them in trouble. In fact, the 1 st January is a day like any other and should be seen as such. “
The change of a lifetime
Are you seriously considering participating in a treatment program and want to get back on your feet? David Paul recommends that you attend a few meetings first. “The 12-step program is a great way to start the recovery process. I also encourage you to talk to your doctor and meet with a counselor or therapist to help you understand the benefits of treatment. Be prepared to go through with it and participate in a follow-up care program. And be sure to get started for the right reasons. Are you tired of your illness? So do it for yourself, not for others or to buy peace. It is your health that is at stake; So it’s up to you to choose what help is needed and when. Lauren Melzack agrees:
Danny, a volunteer with Bellwood Health Services, explains why taking the road to recovery is a lifelong commitment and requires support. “My life was just a whirlwind of endless problems and broken promises until I got sober. It was as if I had been opened the door at the top of the basement staircase and turned on the light outside to guide me: I still had to climb the steps on my own. The path seemed long and arduous to me, but thanks to the encouragement from the door, I was able to pass to the side of the light. I was first in AA, and I learned to understand my problem through working on myself. By making sure I have the support I need and being willing to do anything to overcome my addiction, my life has changed dramatically. “
It’s important to admit your problem first so you can cure it, but it’s just as important to talk honestly and openly about your addiction . Those affected have access to several resources, including the Edgewood Health Network . The Network brings together a number of centers offering mental health services and addiction treatment both in institutions and out-patient centers.
If you or someone you know is thinking about getting help to overcome an addiction, contact us and speak to one of our counselors. We’re here for you, ready to help.