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6 Tips to Help You Overcome Addiction

The most crucial factor in overcoming drug addiction is recognizing that you have an addiction problem and deciding to change your life. This is a critical and necessary decision to embark on your journey of recovery. The following are more helpful tips if you are looking to overcome addiction.

1. Find the proper treatment.

A variety of treatment programs exist to serve your needs, including the services offered right here at Renova. These programs come in many formats, including residential treatment, day treatment/partial hospitalization, outpatient treatment and sober living communities. Here is what you can expect in a successful treatment program like ours:

Detoxification: Purging your body of drugs and overcoming withdrawal symptoms. Behaviour Counselling: Therapy - including individual, family or group counselling - can identify triggers and problem behaviours and help you develop healthy coping strategies. Medication: Often used to combat withdrawal symptoms or to manage concurring mental health issues. Long Term Follow Up: Designed to help you permanently stay on track, this can include individual check-ins or group sessions with your counsellor.

2. Find support for your addiction recovery.

You do not have to embark on this journey alone. Count on friends, family and loved ones to support you. Build a sober support network of the people closest to you who can and will help you on the path to recovery. Keep these people informed and updated on your journey.

3. Find healthy strategies to cope with stress.

Drug addiction and substance abuse do not occur spontaneously - there are usually underlying causes. Identify what these causes are and what kind of stresses they create for you. Then, find alternate, healthy strategies to cope with these challenges. Focus on your body and mind well-being: be sure to eat well, sleep well, and exercise frequently. Terrific mental strategies that can alleviate stress include meditation, deep breathing techniques, mindfulness, and visualization.

4. Keep triggers and cravings in check.

This goes hand-in-hand with finding healthy strategies to combat stress. The idea is to identify the particular stressors and cravings and eliminate them from impacting you. Retool your life so that you can avoid these stressors as much as possible. This might mean staying away from the people in your life who engage in substance abuse, avoiding bars and clubs or being very careful about the prescription medications that you use. It could also mean ensuring that you are prepared for high-stress situations at work, school or otherwise.

5. Build a meaningful drug-free life

When someone is addicted, their addiction takes over their life. Moving on from addiction might leave an empty “hole” behind. Now is your opportunity to fill up that space with rewarding activities that give you a sense of purpose and fulfilment. The possibilities are endless - you can explore nature, art, music, you can take a class, or you can join various social groups. Why not do all of these things? The idea is to cultivate passions that give you a new lease on life and allow you to stay away from substance use.

6. Do not let relapse keep you down.

Relapse does not equate to failure. Relapsing is normal, and almost everyone will experience this. While it can be frustrating, do not let it discourage you. If you experience relapse, use it as an opportunity to course-correct, to further identify your triggers and stresses and find new strategies to cope with them. You do not have to do it alone. If you experience relapse, contact your therapist, counsellor, attend a meeting, reach out to your support group.

The effects of substance abuse and alcoholism are often distressing, debilitating and persistent unless there are timely interventions. It is never too late to reach out. Now might be the best time to ask for help. Contact Romero Psychotherapy to learn more.

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