Drug and alcohol addiction can take you to many different 'bottoms'. You could lose your job, your family, your friends, or your sense of self. Only you will know when enough becomes enough for you. When you have reached your bottom and decided that enough is enough, drug and alcohol treatment can serve as a necessary approach to recovery.
People end up in drug and alcohol treatment for many different reasons, very few of which are of their own accord. The phrase "enough is enough" is less about the decision to go to treatment and has more to do with the decision to stop drinking or using. Sometimes the courts force people to go to treatment; sometimes one's family is the force that pushes them to treatment; sometimes an employer values an employee enough to pay for treatment before the alternative of termination. However it is that you get treatment, a decision must be made to do what it takes to recover.
What is great about this decision is that it does not mean that you will decide to be sober and suddenly be perfect. The road to recovery is long and bumpy. Every step you take down this road, no matter how timid or imperfect, is a step closer to the peace that awaits.
In this journey of recovery, the tools that are gleaned from rehab, meetings, working the steps, and the experiences of other recovering addicts and alcoholics combine with the mistakes or setbacks that you may experience. Together all of these tools provide the guidance that will lead you to recovery and teach you to maintain it. No step is a wrong step in the recovery journey. Each step gives the alcoholic or addicts something that prepares them for what comes next.
About the Author Mike Wilson is the Owner of New Horizon Recovery, a leading alcohol and drug rehab center in Southern California. New Horizon Recovery is a peaceful sanctuary for healing and provides both inpatient and outpatient drug and alcohol treatment. Mike makes it his priority to make his patients as safe as comfortable as possible, establishing relationships with everyone to create a tightknit community for successful rehabilitation.