Overcoming Drug Addiction

Overcoming drug addiction and sobriety can feel like an impossible goal during struggling with drug addiction. But recovery is never out of reach and change is possible with the right treatment and support, and by addressing the root cause of your addiction. The road to recovery often involves bumps, pitfalls, and setbacks. But by examining the problem and thinking about change, you are already on your way. Bellow is following ways which we can adopt for treatment & recovery:

1: Decide to make a change

The biggest and toughest step toward recovery is the very first one: deciding to make a change. Change is never easy and it involves many things, including:

  • The way you deal with stress
  • Who you allow in your life
  • What you do in your free time

2: Explore your treatment option

It is time to explore your treatment choices. As you consider the options, keep the following in mind:

  • There is no magic bullet or single treatment that works for everyone.
  • Treatment should address more than just your drug abuse
  • Commitment and follow up is needed.
  • There are many places to turn for help; the level of care you need depends on your age, drug use history, and other medical or psychiatric conditions. In addition to doctors and psychologists, many clergy members, social workers, and counselors offer addiction treatment services.

3: Reach out for support

  1. Having the support of friends and family members is an in valuable asset in recovery.
  2. Build a sober social network
  3. Consider moving in to a sober living home
  4. Make meetings a priority

4: Learn healthy ways to cope with stress

  • Exercise releases endorphins, relieves stress, and promotes emotional well-being. Try running in place, jumping rope, or walking around the block.
  • Step outside and savor the warm sun and fresh air. Enjoy a beautiful view or landscape.
  • Yoga and meditation are excellent ways to bust stress and find balance.
  • Play with your dog or cat, enjoying the relaxing touch of your pet’s fur.
  • Put on some calming music.
  • Light a scented candle.
  • Breathe in the scent of fresh flowers or coffee beans, or savor a scent that reminds you of a favorite vacation, such as sunscreen or a seashell.
  • Close your eyes and picture a peaceful place, such as a sandy beach. Or think of a fond memory, such as your child’s first steps or time spent with friends.
  • Make yourself a steaming cup of tea.
  • Look at favorite family photos.
  • Give yourself a neck or shoulder massage.
  • Soak in a hot bath or shower.

5: Keep triggers and cravings in check

  • Make a break from old drug buddies.
  • Avoid bars and clubs
  • Be up front about your history of drug use when seeking medical treatment
  • Use caution with prescription drugs.
  • Pick up a new hobby.
  • Adopt a pet.
  • Get involved in your community.
  • Set meaningful goals.
  • Look after your health.

7: Don’t let relapse keep you down

Relapse is a common part of the recovery process from drug addiction. While relapse is understandably frustrating and discouraging, it can also be an opportunity to learn from your mistakes and correct your treatment course.

  • Negative emotional state (such as anger, sadness, trauma or stress
  • Physical discomfort (such as withdrawal symptoms or physical pain)

The important thing to remember is that relapse doesn’t mean treatment failure. Rather than giving up, get back on the wagon as quickly as you can. Call your sponsor, talk to your therapist, go to a meeting, or schedule an appointment with your doctor. When you’re sober again and out of danger, look at what triggered the relapse, what went wrong, and what you could have done differently. You can choose to get back on the path to recovery and use the experience to strengthen your commitment.

Miss Sumera Hassan

Clinical Psychologist

Nishan Rehab Multan




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