Admitting you have a problem is the beginning of the healing process, no matter what that problem may be. I say this regularly with regards to anxiety because people seem so hung up on not putting a label on their experiences, but the longer you deny your anxiety, your fear, your trigger, the longer you will go on succumbing to that experience. The same is said about addiction. We are familiar with the 12 steps, maybe not all of them, but the first one is pretty standard: Acknowledging that you are powerless over your addiction and that your life has become unmanageable as a result. This week’s WARRIOR is someone in the public eye who decided to go public with her struggle with alcohol addiction. ABC News anchor Elizabeth Vargas, released a statement last week that she was seeking help for what she ultimately recognized as a problem with alcohol abuse. Vargas was quoted as saying “If coming forward today gives one other person the courage to seek help, I’m grateful.” Her willingness to come out with her addiction in the hopes of helping others, is what makes her a WARRIOR.
Overcoming addiction is a daily challenge which is why the saying “one day at a time” is so relevant. The hope for Vargas, and frankly all of us, is that we have many days to accept the challenge of life and do our best to move through it with grace and understanding. If you or someone you know needs help, click on this link for a list of resources to find treatment centers and support.
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