Addictions ruin lives. They can turn your family and friends against you, and they can turn you into a completely different person. This article will tell you how you can solve your addiction problems once and for all, and how you can take back your life:
Make a Decision to Change
If you want to overcome addiction, then you need to want to change. People cannot be forced into kicking their addictions. When people are pushed into quitting drugs and alcohol, they usually get much worse. Think about all of the things that you have missed out on because of your addiction; think about what your addiction has cost you. Part of changing is realizing that your addiction does not help you in any way shape or form.
Prepare to Make Change Happen
If you want to change, then you need to prepare. Ask yourself: What are the causes of my addiction? Identify the people who encourage your addiction and the triggers for it.
When you have identified the triggers for your addiction, then begin removing them from your life. If you have family or friends who encourage your addiction, then, unfortunately, it might be time to say goodbye to them. You do not need to say goodbye permanently, and when you are clean and free from addiction, you can welcome them back into your life.
Maybe the cause of your addiction is your living circumstances? If this is the case, then move away. If you can’t, then do everything in your power to change your circumstances positively.
How you prepare is entirely up to you; just make sure that you do prepare. Your recovery needs to be healthy, safe, and mustn’t be rushed.
A good way to overcome your addiction is by booking yourself into a rehabilitation center. These centers offer medically-supervised detox, in a healthy, and friendly environment. Not only will you have around-the-clock medical supervision, but you will also be able to participate in group activities that help you work toward a life free from addiction. They can be expensive, yes, but they can be incredibly useful and can help you defeat your addictions once and for all.
Coping with Withdrawals
Withdrawals are undoubtedly the hardest part of overcoming an addiction. If you are checked into a rehabilitation center, then they will help you to manage your withdrawals. If you are going at it alone, then it can be a lot more difficult. The symptoms of withdrawal can be very uncomfortable, but they typically only last for a week or two. Generally, withdrawals are shorter if a medical professional is there to supervise your detox. There are rare cases where withdrawals last for up to a year, but that is incredibly unlikely.
Avoiding a Relapse
Relapses do happen. If you relapse, don’t be too hard on yourself. Quitting something that you are addicted to can feel like you are climbing up a mountain. It’s normal to stumble. However, it’s important that you do not get back into the habit of using again. It’s very common for ex-addicts to fall back into addiction after having a relapse. While you shouldn’t punish yourself for having a relapse, you shouldn’t reward yourself either. Pick yourself up and keep moving forward. Don’t look back.
One of the biggest pitfalls that ex-addicts fall into is replacement addictions. You cannot replace addiction with another addiction; it won’t work. It’s easy to make this make, and you can do it without even realizing it. An example of this would be using vapes instead of cigarettes. You have swapped the cigarette for something that is equally as addictive, and as scientists are now arguing, just as harmful.
Changes to Your Relationships
If you have spent years of your life addicted to substances like alcohol, it might feel like your entire world is changing when you stop using. As human beings, we tend to surround ourselves with like-minded people. If you are addicted to something, there’s a strong chance that your close friends are too.
When you go into recovery, you should be prepared to experience changes in your relationship. This might feel, at first, heartbreaking. It can be very painful losing the people that you love. Ultimately, however, it’s for the best. As we mentioned earlier, when you are fully recovered you can gradually reintroduce them into your life provided that they keep their addictions separate from your friendship.
Occupation And Nature
One of the best ways to fight addiction is to keep yourself occupied. If you sit around doing nothing all day, then you’ll have a hard time staying away from drugs, alcohol, or whatever it is that you were addicted to. Nature speaks to us in a very peculiar way. You can heal, listen, just enjoy or even have a conversation by yourself. Let nature help you in the best way it can. In order to pay it back, we need to take care of our surroundings. Try and hear what your task on this globe is. Give a bit and you’ll be rewarded ten times over.
Find a job, get into education, or find a hobby.
Overcoming your addictions can be very difficult, whatever they are. With the tips listed here, you should be able to make a start towards clean living. Remember: You can win.