Grappling With Addiction: Do’s And Don’ts
Truly, not every addiction is a bad thing. But addiction in the form of substance or alcohol dependence and the likes are really bad for your health. Therefore, admitting that you have a problem is the first step to addiction recovery and making a decision to quit is another good step. Thumbs up if you have moved past step one. Read on to learn the do’s and don’ts when grappling with addiction.
- Seek personal and professional support. You are going to need all the support you can get on this voyage. A visit to a behavioral counselor is recommended as part of professional support.
- Get a hobby or pick up an old one. When your life is filled with rewarding activities and the things you enjoy doing, your addiction will begin to lose its appeal.
- Set worthwhile goals. Looking forward to something can be a powerful antidote to drug addiction. It does not have to be something grand, just worthwhile.
- Consider the things and people that are important to you – your partner, children, pets, your career, or your health. How does your addiction affect them?
- Remove all objects that go along with the habit, as well as other items that remind you of the habit. Replace such with exercise, wholesome practice, and healthy food.
- Dwelling on the past and reliving past mistakes is counterproductive for someone recovering from an addiction. Focus on the future.
- Do not underestimate your condition nor overestimate your capacity to recover. Be realistic, tenacious, and patient with yourself.
- Halt the feeling of guilt and shame if you relapse. You are trying your best. Learn from your relapses and forge ahead with your treatment course.
- Stay away from individuals, places, and gatherings that trigger your dependence. It is a wise course of action to avoid such to enable you to recover.
- Do not fall into dangerous behaviors or emotions like blame or self-pity. Focus on your treatment and try to stay optimistic.
At C.W.Williams Community Health Center, we offer behavioral counseling to combat a variety of health needs. How can we help you today? Let us know by comment on this post. You can also call us or send a message.
Recommended Reading: Overcoming Drug Addiction (how to stop abusing drugs, find treatment and begin recovery) here
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