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Dealing With Addiction

Written by Erik Larson, Community Blogger | Jan 17, 2018 11:45 AM

Around the world, millions of people are suffering from drug addictions. It's a problem that doesn't discriminate. Anyone can find themselves susceptible to the dangers of drug abuse. If you or a loved one are dealing with an addiction, know that there is hope. It's a long road to recovery, but sobriety is a destination that can be reached. As long as you're willing to put in the emotional work necessary, you can overcome your addiction.

Admit You Have a Problem

There's a crucial first step to stopping an addiction. You need to admit that you are, in fact, an addict. It can be a difficult realization for many since they don't want to admit that their problem has ultimately taken control of them. It might make them seem weak. They weren't expecting to become addicts, and they think copping to it would just make them feel worse.

However, admitting you're an addict can make you feel better. It's something that you have almost certainly realized about yourself but haven't had the courage to confess to. This is your time to free yourself of a burden. You are an addict, but it's not the only thing that defines you. By admitting your addiction, you can begin the process of healing.

Hold Yourself Accountable

Overcoming an addiction is difficult, because you've let a substance control you for so long. You need to stop using that substance, but that can be hard to do when it's been a part of your regular routine. Beyond quitting, you also need to make sure you are avoiding harmful actions all around. Anything that could lead you back down the path of addiction should be avoided.

This means you set a schedule that you adhere to. It should be full of activities that are responsible and healthy. You should avoid things like going out late or being around people who you know will tempt you into addiction again. This might mean you have to cut some friendships for good, but it will ultimately be worth it.

Find Support Groups

You might have a great deal of pride regarding your addiction and your plans for recovery, but that doesn't mean you should go about it alone. Having a network of support is important, especially from friends and loved ones. However, you need to make sure that you are around people who know where you're coming from. Support groups are the best way to ensure this.

Join a group such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. These groups will bring you in conversation with other recovering addicts. You can share your experiences in a judgment-free zone. The other meeting attendees will give you an idea of what you can do if you feel tempted. It will help you emotionally also, as you have heart-to-heart discussions about what you're going through.

Get Treatment

Addiction is a disease. Therefore, it often requires medical treatment in order to be properly dealt with. If a substance has taken a hold of your mind and body, you need rehab resources. A proper rehab facility will be able to help you all the more with your fight against addiction.

There are two types of rehab: inpatient and outpatient. Inpatient, which is more long-term and residential, is recommended for anyone who's had a rather prolonged addiction. Make sure that you are aware of how much help you need. There will be things like counseling and group support available for you to work with others to help you overcome your addiction.

Take Things Slowly

When overcoming an addiction, you need to keep your expectations high but also realistic. You might have incredible hopes of kicking your cravings in a day and bringing your life back up right away. However, it's a much slower process than that. Even people who have been sober for years still get tempted.

Instead, you need to make sure that you are understanding your mind and how it can get tempted back into addiction, especially in the early stages. Embrace the gradual process of recovery. There is support all around for you, through loved ones and addiction hotlines. Remember that you are more than your addiction.

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