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Beating Drug Addiction and Powerlessness

Deciding to Seek Help


Updated February 09, 2014

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When people become addicted they can feel trapped in a deadly cycle that they are powerless to stop. There simply seems to be no way out for the addict. But people can and do recover every day, as is illustrated in the following email from Brian C., a visitor to the Alcoholism / Substance Abuse site.

Brian C's Story

I am a married 43-year-old father of a beautiful 3-year-old daughter. I had been drinking and using drugs for about 25 years. Things started to go down hill for me after shoulder surgery in 2004 and neck surgery in 2005 at which time I became addicted to narcotic pain medication along with my alcohol addiction.

To say that my addiction progressed would be a huge understatement. Last year my doctor prescribed my Xanax twice a day to deal with the anxiety that my work was causing. It got to the point the I was chewing up pain meds prior to heavy power lifting in the gym, as well as eating the Xanax like Tic Tacs in the evenings.

Decided to Seek Help

This past April, when I was praying nightly for help, I decided to seek professional help in the form of an inpatient treatment program for 28 days.

I did not realize that the Xanax withdrawals could be fatal; not to mention the same was true for alcohol. I have been clean now for almost 90 days and feel that the weight of the world has been lifted off my shoulders.

I Am Now More Connected

When it gets to the point when you honestly don't know if you will wake in the morning, it is time to seek help. I realize now that alcohol and drugs had rendered me powerless and that only God could save me from my addictions.

Now clean, I go to an AA meeting every day of the week and realize now that I am an alcoholic and will be for the rest of my sober life. I am now more connected with my wife and daughter than I ever imagined I could be; for that I am truly blessed.

My name is Brian C. and I am an alcoholic.

Seeking Help for Addiction

If you are struggling with addiction to drugs or alcohol, you don't have to do it alone. There is a wide variety of treatments available to help you deal with withdrawing from the addiction and learning how to live life clean and sober.

You do not have to limit yourself to one treatment option. You can combine professional treatment programs or pharmaceutical treatment with participation in mutual support groups or any combination that works for you. There is hope out there.

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