Overcoming a severe addiction can be the most challenging experience. Avoiding temptations, fighting off cravings and cutting yourself off from negative influences is the most overwhelming, trying test for someone who’s suffered through an addiction. Take a deep breath. Be present. By moving forward with a clear, focused mind you can make the right decisions for you and your loved ones.
Nobody beats an addiction on their own. Get the thought that you can conquer your drug or alcohol habits by yourself out of your head. Take a team approach to killing the horrible habit. Build a community around you to kick this dangerous craving out of your life for good.
Use these 4 tips to treat your addiction.
Grow a Community
Although you’ll need to make some independent decisions to free yourself you’ll also need to build a loving, caring, supportive community around yourself to reach your goal of being clean and sober. Temptations are numerous and difficult to avoid by yourself but being surrounded by caring, no-nonsense folks can get your on the straight and narrow in no time. They’ll be quick to administer a butt kicking when needs but will also give you a hug when it is required. Just pick people who have your best interests at heart. Hang with these folks. Check in with your community regularly to stay strong during tough times.
Release Bad Influences
Bad influences need to go if you want to be clean and sober. Current users can no longer be in your life. Ditto on enablers. If your parents or siblings give in and let things slide if you fall back into using you can’t allow these people into your life until they get serious about showing tough love. Your life is on the line. If enablers can’t see this then they have no place in your life.
If former users have cleaned up their acts you can stay connected with them but if you find friends who are having a hellishly difficult time kicking the habit let them go until they have cleaned themselves up. Your job is to embrace positive influences and to let go poor influences.
Find a Treatment Center
Various treatment centers can assist you during your journey to becoming clean and sober. If you feel yourself slipping into depression consider a dual diagnosis treatment center to heal yourself from your addiction issues and mental demons. Skilled professionals know how to handle your problems no matter how badly you are suffering through withdrawal symptoms. Do your homework on treatment centers to find the perfect match.
Although you may be itching to be around family and friends while going through treatment this can be a dangerous crutch which hampers your recovery. Old, negative influences and frightened family members and good friends may not be tough on you when you most need it. It’s a good idea to seek treatment far away from home to detach yourself from any influences. This is about you and your recovery. Seek treatment in a fresh, new environment to accelerate your healing.