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What Does Going to Any Length Mean?

When you participate in Alcoholics Anonymous or another 12-step program, you’ll become familiar with the quote, “If you have decided you want what we have and are willing to go to any length to get it, then you are ready to take certain steps.” This concept refers to the idea of taking an active role in your recovery and single-mindedly pursuing a better life. 

Channeling your focus and enthusiasm away from substance abuse is an essential part of ongoing recovery. Are you ready to go to any length to stay sober and protect the progress you’ve made?

Redirecting Your Willingness

People caught in the cycle of addiction often reach a point where their substance of use governs their life and the decisions they make. For these desperate people, running out of drugs or alcohol represents a crisis, and they could start regularly lying, stealing or cheating to get their next dose or drink. Continuing to abuse intoxicants, even when faced with mounting financial or legal problems, signifies that substance use has become your top priority.

Now, flip the script and envision what would happen if you dedicated that same relentless energy toward your recovery. How quickly could you improve your circumstances if you put all that passion into making a positive change? The difference would likely be dramatic.

Doing Whatever It Takes

While participating in a long-term rehab program will provide much of the motivation you need in the earliest phases of recovery, going to any length means how you’ll respond when the going gets tough. Outside of the structure and support available in an addiction treatment program, what will you do if you hit a low point, encounter a triggering situation or get stuck in a rut? 

Inevitably, there will be times when you encounter challenges and setbacks that test you. Are you willing to take the necessary steps to pick yourself up and keep moving in a positive direction? Only you can answer these questions. Your actions prove your willingness to get better, to yourself and people you care about. When things aren’t going well, you’ll learn how dedicated you are to pursuing your recovery goals.

Recovering From Substance Abuse Isn’t Easy, but It’s Worth It

If you are struggling with substance misuse and your mental health, you can make a positive change. At Spearhead Lodge, we help young men struggling with the disease of addiction by giving them the opportunity to start their recovery in a safe, welcoming and non-judgmental environment. 

We know admitting you have a problem you can’t solve alone can be a significant hurdle for many people, but that’s why we offer a comprehensive curriculum that includes relapse prevention and life skills education with a 12-step focus. When you’re ready to learn more about extended-care addiction programming for young men, we are here to answer your call. Contact us today with any questions you have.