Not asking for Help through Addiction Treatment and Halfway Houses Can Be Fatal

Last week I lost a very close friend to the disease of addiction. (To respect my friend I will call him Terry) Terry and I grew up together. We went to school with each other since kindergarten, we played on all sorts of sports teams together, and we partied together. Our partying started innocently enough trying beer and other types of alcohol. It wasn’t long before we tried marijuana and then other harder and stronger drugs like cocaine. At first it seemed like we were having fun but our fun quickly changed to a hard way of living. Our addiction had taken over our lives and how we lived.

About seven years ago I moved and Terry and I were no longer using buddies. Both of our addictions continued but then for one reason or another I decided that I was going to try to get sober. The path I chose was to first go to addiction treatment and to then go to live in a halfway house for three months. The addiction treatment center I chose helped me to learn what I was going to have to do if I were going to stay sober and the halfway house helped me to implement and practice my new lessons into the real world. The halfway house taught me how to go about my every day business and be a productive member of society while being free of chemical dependency.

By this point Terry had started to try to get to clean. However, he chose a different path. Terry tried to get sober on his own without any outside help. He would stay sober for a couple months and then relapse for a couple days. This would go on for years. He and I would talk and he would let me know when he relapsed. Last week I got the call from a friend informing me that Terry had overdosed on drugs and died.

This is an unfortunate reminder that addiction is a disease that should be taken seriously. Being sober for some time now I know very few people that were able to get sober on their own willpower. For the vast majority addiction treatment followed by a stint in a halfway house is going to be necessary if long-term sobriety is going to be achieved. Terry would ask me questions about addiction treatment but was too proud and stubborn to go and get help.

If you struggle with addiction don’t be too proud to get help through addiction treatment centers and halfway houses. Everyone at some point in his or her life is going need help and shouldn’t be afraid to ask for it.

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