When we know we need help dealing with our addictions and are contemplating entering treatment, the thought of having to leave home can be a scary one. It can be difficult to be separated from our families and loved ones. It can be very hard to push ourselves out of our comfort zone. As challenging as it is, though, giving ourselves that push can be one of the best things we do for ourselves. Choosing residential treatment can help give us distance from all the things that were contributing to our addictions, which can include our families and homes. Our lives and the comfort zones we’ve developed often enable our addictive patterns to continue, usually without our being conscious of it. The people with whom we’re closest often contribute to our unhealthy habits and behavioral patterns, and while they are not at fault for our addictions, being close to them while trying to recover can actually do us a disservice. Separating ourselves from these things can give us the necessary perspective that sometimes only distance can bring. We give ourselves the opportunity to look at our lives more objectively, to see things more clearly, without being enmeshed in them. We are able to see more fully the big picture of our lives and the development of our addictions. We’re able to look at the evolution of our patterns, how we fell into our addictions, and how the different parts of our lives all worked together to get us to where we are now. Residential treatment not only gives us the space we need, it also has the very important added benefit of providing us with professional help. The therapists and addiction specialists we work with have years of experience and expertise helping people recovering from addiction. They can help us to dig deep and confront issues that many of us have been avoiding dealing with for most of our lives. While we’re doing this often for the first time, they have helped countless other people who were once in the exact same situation we now find ourselves in. Their wisdom and support can be not only comforting but also lifesaving. Many of them are in recovery themselves and have personal, firsthand experience living with and recovering from addiction. In treatment we can find the community we haven’t been able to find because we’ve been isolating ourselves, or because we’ve been amongst mostly other addicts. We have so much to learn from each other, and treatment gives us the opportunity to take advantage of this communal learning process. We find kindred spirits who are making the same decision to turn their lives around at the very same moment in time, with whom we can offer mutual support, empathy and understanding. Call 1-888-986-7848 for information on our residential treatment programs. We’re here to help.