Addiction is a chronic and complex disease. There is a misinterpretation that addiction is a choice. This is dangerous because addiction requires treatment the same way other serious conditions do. Accepting help is one of the first steps toward breaking the pattern of addiction and moving toward a healthier lifestyle.
Accepting help for addiction means embracing reality as it actually is and not how you think or want it to be. Acceptance means acknowledging the fact that you have an addiction and that it is time to seek proper treatment.
It is no secret that the stigma around masculinity and addiction is toxic. It is often more socially acceptable for men to be heavy drinkers, as it is thought that it is just the nature of men. Ultimately, this can create the issue where, as a man, you have a harder time admitting or identifying when drinking has become a problem. If you can still provide for your families and show up for work, there is not an issue there, right? Wrong.
Society has created this idea that masculinity means having no emotions. These stereotypes and expectations create this belief that, because you are a man, do not need help or have internal struggles. Toxic masculinity can cause you to stay quiet about your struggles, resulting in negative coping strategies like drinking. You may drown your stress and emotions with alcohol, which in turn can manifest through anger and aggressiveness.
Accepting help can be easier said than done, so here are a few tips to help get you started in the right direction.
Not only do you need to be able to accept the help that comes with treatment, but you need to recognize when you need help and speak up and ask for it. This can be one of the most difficult aspects of recovery, but it is also one of the most essential.
Addiction can completely consume your life. Finding your way out of the rabbit hole of addiction is not a task you should do alone. Learning to accept help is a part of the recovery process, and a major step towards overcoming addiction.
At Healing Pines Recovery, we are ready to help you take that first step. We are an alcohol treatment center dedicated to helping men overcome their addiction. Life has a way of getting the best of us sometimes. When you feel like you don’t have a place or person to share these struggles with, you can quickly turn to unhealthy coping strategies like using substances.
Reach out to Healing Pines Recovery today to take the first step toward your recovery. You can give us a call at 720-575-2621 to learn more about how we can help you.
The first step can be the hardest. Fill out the form or call us at 720-706-7980. You will be connected with a Healing Pines Recovery specialist who can answer your questions and help you get started.