Where do I Start My Recovery from My Addiction?

Starting Points for Overcoming Your Addiction

A commonly held belief toward drug and alcohol addiction is that no one can force an addict to get help. People who are addicted to these substances must admit that they have a problem for which they need professional intervention and treatment. They must acknowledge that they are powerless to help themselves.

Even so, you do have some measure of control over when you decide to work toward sobriety and the manner in which you accomplish this. You can start on the path toward sobriety by learning where to start to recover from your addiction.

Identify Rehabilitation and Recovery Programs

Your first step to regain sobriety should involve identifying rehab and recovery programs. You may consider sober housing programs in your local area. You also may want to look at national programs that operate out-of-state.

Once you narrow your search down to a few choice programs, you should then investigate what kinds of services they offer. You can then choose the one that best suits your physical, emotional, and spiritual needs for becoming sober again.

Consider Finances

Many drug and alcohol recovery programs accept both private and employer-sponsored health insurance. Some programs likewise accept government or state-subsidized policies like Medicaid.

Before you choose a program to check yourself into, you should find out if it takes your insurance and how much money you would need to pay upfront. You also may want to find out about any payment arrangements that you can make on your co-pays or out-of-pocket expenses.

Establish a Support Network

You may have felt all alone in your addiction to drugs or alcohol. However, you should not be alone as you work toward regaining sobriety. You need a good support network of friends and family members that you can fall back on while you are in the program and after you are discharged. Sober companions are a great resource and source of comfort to go through recovery with people with experience.

When building your support network, it is important that you avoid people who do not care about your struggles to overcome your addiction or people who compelled or encouraged you to use in the first place. You should not rely on anyone who supported your drug addiction or alcoholism and instead choose people who will encourage you to stay sober.

Anticipate Physical, Mental, and Emotional Obstacles

You may well appreciate that your efforts to become sober will be fraught with physical, emotional, and mental challenges that may tempt you to give up and start using again. It is important that you acknowledge that these obstacles lie ahead of you and that you will have to take them on sooner rather than later during your recovery.

Instead of allowing the prospect of suffering these challenges to freak you out, you should appreciate that you will have a team of doctors, nurses, and counselors to provide you with comfort measures. Your team of professionals will ensure that you get through these obstacles soundly.

Commit Yourself to the Effort

Your last step to working toward sobriety involves committing yourself fully to the effort of starting your sober life. No one can promise you that it will be easy or quick. You cannot halfheartedly take on this challenge and expect to win. Regaining sobriety takes time and effort on your part.

These measures can put you on the path to recovery. You can use them when you are ready to overcome your addiction to drugs or alcohol.

Thanks for this guest post by Transcend, a recovery community based in Los Angeles, USA.


  1. Hi James,

    It’s been a while since I popped in by here but it’s time for my usual pilgrimage to say thanks.

    Tomorrow is a big day for me, it’s my 5 year sober anniversary. Five whole years without as much as a sip of alcohol. While I tend not to look back or count days anymore I will never forgot the support, guidance and encouragement I got through this blog and its comments board. Sobriety would have been much lonelier and harder to achieve without it.

    I never pictured myself being able to beat that habit, and while it still lurks in the back of mind, I know I’ll never drink again. It’s no longer compatible with me or any part of my life. Everything, and I mean everything is significantly better sober.

    So thanks again and keep on inspiring people to take control, take a positive risk and enjoy waking everyday with a clear head.

    Onwards and upwards,


    • Great to hear from you again Keith, especially to tell the great news that you’ve hit this milestone! The reasons you’ve stated are the reasons I’ve kept this blog going. Your feedback means a lot to me! I wish you well with your new future and feel free to drop in at any time.

  2. Hi James

    I just stumbled upon this blog today. Searching for tips on how to stop drinking.

    I’m not an everyday drinker, but I’m a hardcore binge drinker. When I’m in the mood, it’s all or nothing. Sometimes that’s okay for me, as I have fun and don’t do anything stupid. But other times, it’s almost as if my life is ruined. Majority of my relationship problems come from the drink. I can get violent and agressive. I’d use physical violence on my partners and have hem use it on me. My current partner is an alcoholic. He drinks every day. Most days he doesn’t get drunk, but when we both get drunk together that’s when the big problems start.

    Only two nights ago we had another domestic dispute over alcohol and the silly choices I make when intoxicated. So although I wouldn’t say I’m an “alcoholic”, I will say that alcohol ruins my life and so does my lack of self control.

    I’ve decided that although I don’t really want to stop drinking all together, it is probably the best route for me as I never know when the bad drunk will come out. The unknown is dangerous. But at least we know there is no risk at all, if there is no alcohol involved.

    I’ll keep coming back here to read your posts and comments and hopefully this time, I’ll be on my way to recovery.

    Thanks for doing what you do 🙂

  3. Hi Brooke,
    Thanks for your comment, and the chance to hear your story. It’s a familiar one, and stokes a chord with my own issues with alcohol. I found the only real honest way was to give it up entirely, and it made a difference to my life. So much so, i cannot imagine going back to it. Keep reading and getting support. Feel free to write comments as you progress and let us know how you’re getting on. Regards, James

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