You never chose to become an addict. You made a much small choice, didn’t you? You decided to have that first drink or try your drug of choice for the first time. It didn’t stop there. Little by little, you kept taking drugs or drinking. You did it at first for recreation, to fit in socially, or any host of reasons that, in retrospect, seem inconsequential and regrettable. One thing leads to another, and for some people, it turns out to be a slippery slope.
Some people can party hearty and walk away when they’re done, and never need another drink or another fix. You aren’t so lucky. That first drink led to more and more drinks, that first hit led to more and more hits. You find yourself needing more and more just to get that good feeling, don’t you? Alcoholism and drug abuse are not moral lapses. You are not weak willed. You have a disease. There is a genetic component and an environmental component. You have a predisposition to addiction that you weren’t aware of until it was too late, and you had the social situation where you were exposed to drugs or alcohol, and now you can’t stop.
Maybe you’ll be lucky, and maybe your loved ones will have a drug intervention or alcohol intervention on your behalf. Maybe you’ll need to take that first step yourself. Either way, you need to do it. You need to find a treatment center, and get help. You can’t beat drug addiction or alcoholism by yourself; you will need to check into a drug rehab program or alcohol rehab program.
You’re best choice is to check into a treatment center. This removes you from temptation and puts you in the company of healthcare professionals and peer counselors who can help you overcome your disease.