What's the Best Way to Get Addiction Help?

Learn the best way to get addiction help from Dr. Paul Hokemeyer in this Howcast video.

Transcript

The best way to get addiction help is to confront your fear around it. Getting help for addictions is incredibly terrifying. It also takes an enormous amount of courage and strength to ask for help. We often think that asking for help is a weaknesses, but the people who I work with, the people who come to me for help with addictions are the strongest, smartest, most successful people who I know. So I know it's very important for people to work through that fear.

We also know that addictions are surrounded by, what we call defense mechanisms. That's a fancy way of saying that people deny that they have them and they rationalize about the fact that they have them. So they may say, I don't have a problem, you know, or they may say that, you know, I may drink too much, I may smoke too much but all my friends drink that much and all my friends smoke that much. So we rationalize and we deny that there is a problem.

The key to getting help here is pushing through that denial and connecting with something outside yourself, be that a professional, be that a trusted friend, being that some other person who you can share the terror that your experience surrounding getting recovery for your addiction. And then forming the strength of that and going out and doing the work that it takes to not just get sober, but to stay sober for the rest of your life.

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