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Recovery Cannot Be Forced

February 17, 2013

There are many places to find help to combat addiction.  None of these options work until the addict has made the decision to seek help.  That moment of desperation where enough is enough.  No one, absolutely no one, can do this for the addict except the addict.  Interventions, legal problems, probation, rehab, anything forced on the addict most likely will result in a short period of abstinence and manipulation of the people trying to help.  Eventually, relapse is inevitable.

The addict must want the help.  They can not be forced into it.  This is not to say that they will be completely resistant to the ideas presented to them.  They have not blocked out everything taught to them.  The tools are there, the help is there.  Until the moment the addict admits complete defeat, the moment that they become sick and tired, that will be the time they will hopefully reach out for the help that is available to them.

It may begin with a phone call to someone they trust to help them, to show them where to start.  Maybe they will check themselves into detox.  Whatever happens, it begins with them reaching out for help.  The help is there, they just need to ask.

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