There\u2019s a truth we need you to hear: Overcoming addiction is possible.\u00a0 A difficult endeavor? Yes. A lifelong commitment? Absolutely. Impossible? Not at all.\u00a0 Whether for yourself or someone you love, we ask you to take the next 10 minutes and set aside any preconceived notions about the stronghold of addiction. Turn off the voice of doubt. Disassociate from past failures.\u00a0 And dare to hope. As you do, we\u2019ll talk through the stories, the facts and the how-tos of getting sober. Because, friend, it really is possible\u2014and we want it to be possible for you.\u00a0 Let\u2019s Start With Hope: Who Are the People Overcoming Addictions? Every good story includes a struggle, doesn\u2019t it? A moment where the protagonist finds himself in a desperate, impossible situation.\u00a0 Like Eric, who snorted upwards of 20 Ritalin pills a day before becoming a self-described blackout drinker. He routinely missed important events, passed out at work and tried to conceal the problem from his therapist.\u00a0 Of this time, he says, \u201cI thought about quitting drinking in the same way I thought about taking a vacation: musing about sunny, warm climates . . . The membrane between life and death had become permeable. I lived an ambivalent life, not committed enough to change anything, wondering if I would die from my heaving drinking and fits of dry heaving.\u201d\u00a0 Maybe you can relate? Perhaps not to the specifics, but to those feelings of despair. Thankfully, the story doesn\u2019t stop there.\u00a0 On an ordinary day, during an ordinary conversation with his therapist, Eric did something extraordinarily brave. He responded to her question about his alcohol use with the truth.\u00a0 And everything changed. He started a 12-step program, learned to manage his emotions and practice meditation. Now? Eric says, \u201cI can get into bed knowing I\u2019ve made it through another day sober\u2014and for me, the best part: that in the morning I\u2019ll awaken to possibility instead of a hangover.\u201d\u00a0 Of course, it\u2019s not just Eric. Faces and Voices of Recovery reports an estimated 23.5 million American adults have overcome an addiction to drugs and alcohol. And this number continues to grow.\u00a0 Here\u2019s a thought: you yourself could be included in the count one day.\u00a0 Overcoming Addiction is Possible. Let\u2019s Look at How.\u00a0 You\u2019ll become one of the people counted as recovered from substance abuse by taking action, just like Eric did. And, as in his story, your first step doesn\u2019t need to be big.\u00a0 It might simply look like:\u00a0 \tAdmitting the problem to someone you trust \tLooking online for local resources \tGiving us here at The Right Step DFW a call at 844.768.1161 Whatever your move, you\u2019ll be better educated on your options by taking in the information below. After all, while 23.5 million people overcame addiction, they certainly didn\u2019t all do it in the same way.\u00a0 And as Dr. Howard J. Shaffer explains in a Harvard Health Blog; there\u2019s really no best single treatment for addiction.\u00a0 Instead, he finds that most successful approaches to getting sober include a healthy balance of inner-expectations, outer-expectations and peer encouragement, coupled with medication as needed\u2014what he calls \u201cthe whole portfolio of change agents.\u201d\u00a0 So what might this portfolio include? You may consider:\u00a0 \tMeeting individually with a counselor \tEnrolling in a 12-step program \tJoining a local recovery support group \tEngaging in virtual care\u00a0 Of course, while Psychology Today reports that some people can and do overcome addiction all on their own, it\u2019s okay if you need additional help.\u00a0 In fact, a survey of 3,228 adults in recovery found a whopping 78% sought out professional help to get sober. And 18% also took prescription medicine as a supplement in overcoming addiction.\u00a0 If you need a higher level of care to reach your goals for sobriety, you certainly won\u2019t be alone. And we\u2019d love to help. Here at The Right Step, we offer:\u00a0 \tIn-Person Residential Treatment: 30-day stay at our facility here in Dallas-Fort Worth \tPartial-Hospitalization Program: Daily in-person treatment with a return to home each night\u00a0 \tIntensive Outpatient Program: Attend a few in-person sessions a week\u00a0 \tVirtual IOP: An intensive outpatient program completed live and online\u00a0 Of course, finding your way to recovery gets all the better when you have encouraging friends and family by your side.\u00a0 Overcoming Addiction Moves from Possible to Plausible with Support We all need help. It\u2019s the human condition. We survive\u2014and thrive\u2014by walking in community with others. And if you\u2019re hoping to overcome addiction, the support of family and friends might be the very thing that sees you through some of your toughest moments.\u00a0 Because\u2014let\u2019s level with one another for a moment\u2014-there will be tough moments. Perhaps even tough days or weeks. The symptoms of withdrawal can be painful and disorienting, and building a life after detox takes courage, strength and stamina.\u00a0 That\u2019s something we here at The Right Step can help you with, no doubt. But we\u2019d do you a great disservice not to talk about the immense value an outside support system offers,notably in two key areas:\u00a0 The Value of Family Support No one knows us quite like our family. And while you might wish that weren\u2019t true in this particular situation, consider this: our families see the best and worst in us. If and when they choose to love us anyway, we can take great comfort and trust in their care.\u00a0 Parents, siblings, spouses and adult children can help you establish boundaries, begin healthy habits and maintain an atmosphere of growth.\u00a0 And please don\u2019t feel guilty for relying on your family. Instead, keep these things in mind:\u00a0 \tMore than a quarter of the U.S. population claims a direct relative is struggling with addiction. You\u2019re not the only one asking your family for help.\u00a0 \tMore likely than not, your family would rather help you stay sober than watch you struggle with addiction. \tYou can recognize the ways your family offers support and vocalize your appreciation.\u00a0 The Value of Alumni Support If no one knows you like your family, no one knows your struggle like a person in recovery themselves. Addiction does a number on both the brain and the body. Talk with someone who\u2019s overcome an addiction to drugs or alcohol and you\u2019ll be able to relate to one another about many things, including: \tThe draw of substances \tThe toll of addiction \tWhy it\u2019s so difficult to quit \tThe early days of withdrawal You may also learn a few things from people who are in recovery, like:\u00a0 \tHandy hacks for when you want to use \tThe joy of having fun while sober \tThe hope of putting addiction in the past \tThe possibilities of the future There\u2019s so much to gain from walking with someone who\u2019s been there before. You can join a local alumni program in your area or look for virtual programs online. We\u2019d also love to help you get plugged into Rooted, our encouraging community of people in recovery.\u00a0 The Best Time to Start Overcoming an Addiction is Now Can we offer you some hope, regardless of where you find yourself today? Here goes:\u00a0 You haven\u2019t passed some arbitrary deadline to begin your healing.\u00a0 It doesn\u2019t matter how old you are. It doesn\u2019t matter how long you\u2019ve used. It doesn\u2019t even matter how many things you\u2019ve damaged along the way. You can start fresh now.\u00a0 You can decide that tomorrow doesn\u2019t have to look like today.\u00a0 Don\u2019t believe us? Faces and Voices of Recovery surveyed more than 3,000 recovered adults and found that respondents made the first step toward overcoming addiction between the ages of 12 and 73. Are you 73? Good news, friend! You\u2019re at just the right age to make a change. Are you older? Let\u2019s update the stats! Are you younger? You know what to do.\u00a0 Make a choice now for a better future.\u00a0 And maybe you\u2019re thinking, \u201cYeah, I\u2019ve made that choice before, and it didn\u2019t work.\u201d We hear you. But as Harvard\u2019s Dr. Shaffer explains, sometimes you need the right treatment options to line up with the right timing. So, with knowledge in hand, we encourage you to try again.\u00a0 Let\u2019s End with Hope: What Does Recovery Look Like? After all, overcoming addiction isn\u2019t just about leaving the past behind. It\u2019s also about finding your way forward. A life lived in recovery is one full of purpose and possibility!\u00a0 And we\u2019re not talking about pie-in-the-sky wishful thinking here. We\u2019re simply looking at the facts. The Faces and Voices of Recovery survey mentioned above found that people who overcame an addiction saw \u201cdramatic improvements in all areas of life,\u201d including:\u00a0 \tHealth \tSafety \tFinance \tWork \tRelationships \tCommunity Take a second look at that list. If you had to pick just one or two areas where you\u2019d like to see a dramatic improvement in your life, what would you choose? Now imagine what it might look like for life to get better in each and every one of those categories.\u00a0 Recovery is the answer. And we\u2019re here to help.\u00a0 Millions of Americans have recovered from drug addiction, and you or your loved one can do it too! The Right Step DFW can help you take the first step on your recovery journey. Call us today at 844.768.1161 to learn more about how we can help.