I was very lucky to be a part of the Operation Snowball program when I was in high school. Operation Snowball is a bi-annual retreat that high schoolers attend to escape from the chaos of being in the “real world” and meet fellow drug-free mentors and teenagers from other area high schools.

It was here that I learned to ask for help.

Asking for help can be terrifying. What if it doesn’t work? What if they can’t help? What if they don’t want to help? Am I overreacting? I can do this on my own.

However, it can also be one of the best decisions you ever make.

Here at A Man in Recovery Foundation [AMIRF] we work tirelessly to make sure we get you or your loved ones the help they need. Whether it is driving to downtown Chicago in the middle of the night, or talking with your family about what options you have left, WE ARE HERE FOR YOU.

When you ask us or anyone for help, the burden is no longer just on you. You have the shoulders of this incredible foundation and whoever else you ask to lean on. It does not make you weak to ask for help. It shows courage and it allows us to do what we do best: help you.

Dealing with addiction is scary and isolating. A lot of the outcomes are unknown. However, there are people here that have gone through that dark tunnel and came out beacons of light to anyone left behind.

We want and can help you, but you need to reach out.

So is asking for help worth it?

There is no doubt in my mind that once you accept that you can no longer do this alone, the door has been opened for whatever your higher power is to take over. It is one of the most important lessons a human being can learn, and I have always wondered what would have happened if I had known sooner.

Ask for help. It is definitely worth it, and we are here for you.

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