If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide, PLEASE call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
When living with addiction, we’ve come to know the ins and out of our addictions, our patterns and cycles, and we can get so familiar in our comfort zones, even in the discomfort of our addictions, that we feel we have a grasp on things. We feel like we’re on top of our addictions. We’ve created habits and routines around our addictive patterns. We’ve developed lifestyles to maintain our addictions. We prioritize our independence and often will isolate ourselves from other people, especially concerned loved ones, so that we can be left in peace, undisturbed, alone with our drugs of choice. We feel we’re the experts on our own lives and convince ourselves that we don’t actually have a serious problem. We react defensively when people tell us we need help. We tell ourselves that we’re not actually addicts, that we can quit any time we want. Sometimes we’re prideful and think that we don’t need anyone else’s help. Sometimes we’re afraid to admit we have a problem, to others but more importantly to ourselves. Sometimes we’re just not ready to do the work to get better.
When we hit rock bottom, however, we can feel like the ground has fallen out from under us, like we’ve fallen so far we won’t ever be able to pick ourselves back up again. This is a scary and painful place to be. Rock bottom is the point of no return, so to speak, when things have reached a turning point where we know we can no longer continue living this way. Our lives have become unmanageable and our mental and emotional pain unbearable. Hitting rock bottom in our addictions can coincide with experiencing what feels like a nervous breakdown. We might be going through a depressive episode or the crash we often experience in a bipolar depression cycle. We can be severely depressed, filled with anxiety, and experiencing intense panic attacks. We can even feel like we’re losing our minds. We can suffer from suicidal thoughts and ideation. Our suffering can feel like it will go on forever, and when we’re in this place, we don’t know what to do or where to turn.
At times like this, when we feel lost, confused and overwhelmed, we should definitely consider getting professional help. Ideally we wouldn’t wait this long. We want to get help before we’ve reached this critical place and already suffered so much, but we often put off getting help and postpone getting the support we need. When we’re ready, treatment centers can provide us with the safe space and supportive environment we need to focus on getting better. The staff and community have the experience and expertise to help support us along our healing journey. Getting professional help is absolutely something we should all consider when working to recover from our addictions and mental health issues.
Corner Canyon Recovery’s mental health clinical programming is individualized, clinically sophisticated, utilizes proven methodologies, and has been developed and run by experienced therapists who understand and work effectively with addiction and dual-diagnosis. Call 1-866-399-3469 today.