The first thing you should do in your addiction recovery is receive professional help. Your loved ones are there to support you and you will critically need them as you recover, but when your recovery is in its infancy, it needs to be nurtured by a professional. Do not hesitate to reach out to the services of a professional detoxification center for substance abuse, and a residential rehabilitation center to begin an addiction treatment plan. Addiction counselors and mental health professionals will help you discover the underlying reasons for your addiction problems so that you can overcome them, but you have to be a willing participant in order for it to work.
It is very common of an addict to be in denial of their addiction. Admitting that one has an addiction means admitting that they have a weakness, and people do not like to do this. People also do not like to ask for help, which is another integral part of admitting to addiction. In order to recover from addiction, the addict needs to learn how to receive help from an addiction specialist and from their personal support system. Recovery is not meant to be something you do alone.
Once you have received the help of addiction professionals in getting through the most critical parts of your addiction, you need to learn to receive help from the support systems in your life. This is typically your family and friends. In a majority of cases, it was the addict’s family and friends that wanted them to enter addiction treatment, and they will be very responsive to the addict’s needs for support and adjustment to their lifestyles. Not everyone is fortunate enough to have a good support system though. Sometimes addiction or negative reinforcement comes from within the support system, in which case, the addict needs to find a new support system. Overtime, the addict will learn how to trust, care for and respect themselves, while still accepting love and help from their support system.