I want you to know that Recovery from Addiction is Possible
I watched a friend battle with addiction, therapy, and health for 8 months, and it wasn't easy. I always pray for her kind of courage. The most courageous people are those that chose and work tirelessly to overcome the problem.
Abusing illegal substances/certain drugs can affect the brain leading to improper desires, cravings, and all. It can go on for long periods leading to partial damages to the brain. However, the first step towards recovery is to recognize the problem.
When preparing for change or recovery, there are some things one needs to change. These factors are often pointers of what drove such a person into abusing the substance
How you deal with stress
If the drugs are to make you remove the stress, then you have to cut it out. Instead, engage in other physical activities like exercise, meditation, Yoga.
Your friends/ circle and people in your life.
The people in your life can be one of the biggest triggers to go back to drug abuse. When you decide to change, you must avoid such friends, circles, or groups.
The prescriptions and quick medications you take.
It might be easy to go over the counter to get instant medications and all that. However, consider how backward taking stimulating drugs will set you.
What you do in your free time
Once our minds and bodies are idle, there is no length it won’t go to achieve what it craves. During these periods, we must be careful of what we feed to our minds.
These are all powerful ways to think of and begin the change. Now, the next stage is to accept the change process itself. If it gets tougher, remember that the change is necessary.
Be intentional about your therapies and treatment options
Now, there are different therapies for different people; what works for A might not work for C. it is a reason why you should only go for the best therapy programs. Some steps may include;
Detoxification- to purge your body of previous drugs.
The use of other medications to help you manage symptoms prevent relapse or mental issues that may arise.
Long term check-ins; to help you maintain stability through attending meetings, sessions, community, and all
Seek Emotional and Social Support for your rehab
It is not easy to go through this process alone; it is weary, lonely, and tough. You need friends, and the support, guidance, the motivation of your family and friends.
When going through the rehab process, lean close to them.
Build your Social awareness
Social awareness makes you conscious of more things. You should know how to keep your cravings in check and manage your impulses. If you don't control your impulses, then it won't be long before you fall into a relapse.
Make good friends, book appointments with your therapists if you experience slight changes, avoid previous lifestyles, and live healthily.
Recovery from addiction is not as hard as you think; what most people find trouble with is honesty. On your part to recovery, the smoothest you can go is by being honest. Be intentional about recovery; be transparent with your therapist, open to your family, and watch yourself transform.