It started so small.
And then suddenly you realize it's taken on a life of its own.
Substance use, sex, porn, gambling, shopping—anything can be taken too far.
The vicious cycle.
We want to feel better now. We don’t always think of the long-term implications.
We do what we feel needs to be done in the moment. So we reach for what we know, what’s available.
Seems logical in the moment—maybe even harmless—and then suddenly things go from helpful to harmful.
What did I do?
You were seeking a temporary escape, some relief. You never imagined things escalating like they have.
Now you've created an even bigger obstacle to overcome. And that's on top of the original challenges that brought you to use these coping skills in the first place.
You've figured out what doesn't work—how do you find a better solution?
You are more than your addiction.
Just as you formed these harmful coping skills, you can develop new strategies to meet your needs.
It's not going to be easy. Plan for hard work, ups/downs and the temptation to go back to what you know.
Remember—you survived before addiction, and you can survive without it.
The solution isn't one-size-fits-all.
Some people benefit from meetings—others need a more personal approach. Identify what works for you, and then commit to the work.
Build a life you want to live in, something worth protecting and fighting for. Create your vision, and bring it to life.
And never forget—you're not alone in this. We're to help you.
A little hope can go quite a long way.
The past is behind you, and the future is whatever you make of it.
Take your life back. It belongs to you, and only you can reclaim it.