Accepting that you have a problem is the first step you can take toward deciding that you want to recover. Acceptance is a hard thing. You may struggle with one of the steps in this cycle or multiple. You may need an extra layer of support during your cycle of acceptance. That’s what we at Pinnacle Recovery are here for. Below is the cycle of acceptance.
In this stage, you haven’t yet realized that there’s a problem you need to accept. You are still capable of reasoning and making good decisions. Your emotions are not clouding your judgment. You are acting as you usually would.
Realizing you need help
Realizing you need help is like getting bad news. You probably weren’t ready for it. This realization of help may feel like a personal attack. You may not want to face that you need help. This is where our next step begins.
In the stage of denial, you may not want to face that you need help. It just can’t be true. You won’t believe that this is happening to you. You may question why you need help because you don’t think you have a problem. Try not to allow denial to get in the way of receiving help. The sooner you come to terms with your problem, the sooner you can move on and get the help you deserve.
During the anger stage, you may not want to hear from anyone that you have a problem. You don’t want to hear anyone talk about it. You don’t want others to offer you help or support. This angers you and can lead to aggression. You can begin to attack those around you for trying to help you. Although this is irrational, your anger clouds your judgment. Try not to be too hard on those around you. They just want to help.
In the depression stage, you might be coming to terms with realizing you need help. You may think there’s nothing you can do about it. You may feel trapped and hopeless and ready to give up. You can become confused, still questioning and in denial and angry.
The bargaining stage can be a long one. You may start to tell yourself that if you reach out for help, you will do something else that you’d like. You may feel motivated to get out of the funk of depression by asking for help. Your vision is becoming less clouded in this stage. You start to think clearly again and you are on your way to acceptance.
Acceptance means making the best of the situation. In this case, you will reach out for help. You will take that leap toward recovery. It may be hard, but you believe you can do it.
Pinnacle Recovery wants to help you accept your circumstances. We can help you get help for your addiction. Reach out to our staff today at 1-866-301-0573 to learn more about the programs we offer. We can’t wait to hear from you!