What Should I Do If I Want to Get Clean?

The truth is that a life of substance abuse and addiction is no life at all. The constant emotional, physical and financial stress takes a toll. Relationships are damaged. If you are completely honest, you know that addiction makes life miserable. If you feel this tension right now, know you are not alone. As hard as it is to face and treat your addiction, it is well worth it in the long

Understand the Nature of Addiction

When you are addicted to drugs or alcohol, your body craves the substance and does not know how to function without it. Here are a few of the most important things to understand about your disease:

  • Addiction is a disease that chemically changes the brain. Just wanting to stop on your own is not enough.
  • To stop drug use for a while and then go back to recreational drug use will not work; drug use will continue to have a destructive pattern in your life.
  • Long-term recovery requires attention for any underlying emotional problems and psychological issues.
  • Rehab is only the beginning in the life-long process of recovery.

Admit You Need Help

The very first step in recovery is to admit that you have a problem you cannot fix on your own. Many times it may feel better to hide your addiction privately and to take care of it on your own. If you have tried this approach, you know this often leads to despair or hopelessness. The truth is that once the disease of addiction takes root in your brain you need outside help to beat it. You may feel your addiction can’t be beaten. The truth is you just need some help. Addiction treatment is focused on intentional support and accountability.

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You are likely afraid that you will fail in your recovery. Many addicts are perfectionists who have difficulty accepting mistakes and taking strategic risks. True, about half of recovering addicts relapse at some point. But the other half doesn’t, and if you relapse and learn from it, you haven’t failed at all.[1] If you’re ready to break the chains of addiction, go ahead and tell a friend or loved one that you have a problem. Also share that you are ready to do whatever it takes to recover. Then call our helpline right away

Find the Best Treatment Program for Your Unique Needs

There are many different treatment options available from high-end luxury to holistic programs to adventure therapy. Treatment enables people to counteract addiction’s powerful disruptive effects on the brain and behavior and to regain control of their lives.[2] Our staff has been professionally trained to help you go through the different options. You will find the best treatment option for your unique needs. Would you prefer a faith-based program or a secular program? Would you prefer to be close to home or intentionally far from it? Call the helpline and we will help you understand these options so you can make the right decision. We can even directly connect you with the program you feel most comfortable with.

Call our 24-Hour Helpline

When you’re ready to take the next step, please call our free 24-hour helpline right now. There is no obligation on your part. No strings are attached. You don’t even have to give us your personal information. Just know that whenever you are ready to take that first step toward a healthy life, we’re ready to help. Call now.


[1] http://blogs.psychcentral.com/addiction-recovery/2014/06/6-common-fears-in-addiction-recovery-and-how-to-face-them/ 6 Common Fears in Addiction Recovery and How to Face Them. Sack, David.

[2]  https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/principles-drug-addiction-treatment-research-based-guide-third-edition/frequently-asked-questions/how-effective-drug-addiction-treatment How Effective is Drug Addiction Treatment?