Addiction is something that can only fully be understood if you’ve been down that dark path. It’s not something that ever truly goes away. It is simply managed, and that’s what makes substance abuse so difficult to fight. If you’re going through something like this, it’s important to know that you’re not alone. There is support, advice, and guidance out there for you. Making a positive life change is the right thing to do, and there’s a brighter future ahead. Whether it’s cigarettes, alcohol, or drugs, we can help you overcome the throes of addiction.
- Facing up to the problem
The fact that you’re here, reading this blog, is a fantastic starting point. You have realised there’s a problem, and you’re thinking about how to deal with it. That first step is the hardest of them all. Facing up to the problem means understanding how it controls your life. It means listing all the negative attributes that are involved. It’s understanding your triggers, and why your addiction is so strong.
- Deciding to quit, and making a plan
Once you’ve faced up to the problem, you’ve got the hard task of making a commitment. Making that decision to quit is a big step, but it’s a brave one. It’s your opportunity to take advantage of this moment of clarity. Make that decision, and – most importantly – tell someone. Make sure someone is beside you as you decide to quit. That holds you to account, and keeps you on the right path. Of course, going cold turkey rarely works for anyone. So, make a plan to reduce your consumption over time.
- Find a support network
Without a strong network of friends, family, and experts, you’ll quickly fall back into old habits. One bad day, and you’ll find yourself on the edge again. Sometimes, a good friend or family member is all you need to keep you on track. In other cases, you might find addiction recovery services helpful. You’ll get a sponsor who understands what you’re going through. And, you’ll get expert advice to help keep you away from the cravings.
- Remove and manage your triggers
The hardest obstacles on the path to recovery are your triggers. They’re the things that instinctively and subconsciously drive you to that vice. If it’s smoking, it might be particular social situations. It may be certain friends that lead to drug taking. Perhaps it’s a buildup of stress that turns you to alcohol. The biggest part of your recovery is learning to spot these triggers, and avoid them. Or at least manage them.
- Celebrate accomplishments
It’s so important that you celebrate your achievements and milestones. No matter how small, each one is a crucial step on your journey to recovery. For some people, one day without a drink is a success! So celebrate (but not with champagne!) Keep track of your progress, and share those milestones with others.
It’s a long road, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Take one day at a time, and slowly it will start to feel manageable. Good luck, and we’re right there with you!