4 Beginner Steps To Overcoming Addiction
Overcoming addiction can be one of the biggest hurdles to get over, but it's not impossible! Check out these 4 beginner steps you can start to take to help you or someone you love overcome their addiction today!
Time and again, addiction faces a combination of scrutiny and dismissal by the public. Rehabilitation centers suffer under the yoke of failure rates, recidivism, and dropouts.
The numbers on successes versus failures can be hotly contended. All of which really means that new approaches to the situation need to be taken.
What matters to the public, as a whole, has little to do with the individual. For those that are intent on overcoming addiction individual results matter.
To get started on recovery a person needs to get started on building a mindset that will get them where they need to go. With that in mind, consider these 4 steps to prepare for a pathway out of addiction.
Steps in Overcoming Addiction
The following steps, unfortunately, assume you have already come to the conclusion that a problem exists. This type of decision isn't easy to come to and can take a lot of different stimuli and life events to arrive at.
Perhaps you've arrived at this conclusion after an arrest. Perhaps you've been taken through an intervention by friends or family. Regardless of how you arrive at the conclusion, the following steps remain the same.
Even if you have only come to the conclusion of "something might be wrong" the following steps will help to reaffirm and build towards a clear life.
1. Think It Through
Coming to a conclusion that you need change makes recovery possible. The first forces you to conceptualize that change.
What will life be like without addiction? How will you cope with issues in life that the drugs have been masking or treating? Do I even know how to overcome addiction?
Consider the pros and cons of quitting. Don't simply accept that everything will be one way after the process begins. A nuanced and thorough consideration fo what the path will look like helps avoid disappointment.
Create a hierarchy of importance. A list of what matters to you and why. Consider how drug abuse affects those items.
Confide in trusted family and friends as touchstones. Let others know how your decision-making process works and where it is going. This gives other signposts for helping to support you in your path.
Finally, consider the roadblock to change you face. This can include previous issues with recovery and previous attempts at recovery.
Knowing where you know you fail gives a roadmap to recovery that includes where to go and where not to go. You will need this information as you proceed through the next three steps and your recovery as a whole.
2. Find Support
Research points to the importance of support in making an effective recovery.
You have already begun to walk through this step during your planning. Letting close associates know that you have a problem and are considering a change gets them involved.
Involvement makes or breaks support. People wishing you well is all well and good, but you need the constant involvement to make a recovery.
If you dread previous disappointments or negative interactions with your support structure, consider how the recovery process will help. Sometimes addiction comes from an inability to work with and confront personal relationships.
Working closely with those you may have wronged heals the addiction trigger even as it aids your recovery.
Moving into an assisted living situation, such as a sober home, provides accountability for your actions. It also provides a constant watchdog and ready support to keep you away from addictive behaviors.
3. Build Coping Tools
Addiction either comes from an over-reliance on drugs to cope or turning to them when nothing else works. To avoid returning to a dependent state, you will need coping tools.
Coping tools come in a variety of forms. The general categories include physical tools, mental tools, and social tools.
Building an exercise routine provides a focus to concentrate on issues outside of the self. Physical activity also provides natural highs which can alleviate depression and negative moods.
Mental focus exercises such as meditation do the same for the mind. Finding a way to work through issues in a safe mental landscape helps avoid the pitfalls of addictive triggers. Crisis problem skills also build flexibility in thinking which allows for multiple solutions to a problem.
Too often we get trapped in a thought process and we reach for the same solution each time. This is a cornerstone of mental addiction.
Building a support structure aids in creating social coping tools. Look to expand on this foundation by creating new friendships. Building relationships demonstrates to yourself that you can adjust and find outlets for your time.
4. Find Meaning
Drug recovery doesn't mean anything if you can't contemplate a life without addiction. Again, you started this process in the first step, now it is time to build on that plan.
A bleak outlook on the future makes you resistant to drug addiction treatment and recovery. Few things stymie recovery like the question "What is the point?" Keep yourself from this thought process by staying busy doing things that defy the question.
Adopt a pet, pick up a hobby, set and meet goals. Each of these activities helps you spend time productively building a future.
Volunteering and participating in the act of helping others provides a terrific outlet for your time and feelings. Seeing others going through problems and knowing you are helping them helps yourself.
Learning to live for tomorrow makes taking care of today easier and more enjoyable. It isn't about surviving the day, it is about getting to experience the day. When you feel that your time matters, you will feel that your recovery matters.
The steps to successfully overcoming addiction don't end here. Finding a treatment program that matches the issues and trials faced comes next.
General addiction treatment can be helpful. However, specialized treatments for drug abuse helps emphasizes the difficulties and issues you face. Every substance creates unique problems that require unique solutions.
It is also helpful to locate a treatment facility in an area near you. The closer you are to support structures and family the better. Though a change of environment can also help to avoid triggers, support and familiarity are more important.