In my work with students I often see how some could be on a path to addiction. Addiction is a disease that is so destructive, debilitating, and scorned by society that many hide from seeking assistance. Drug addiction is one of the deadliest and hardest problems a person can encounter in their lives. It is a condition that affects not just the person but also his/her family and loved ones. It is a serious problem that should be addressed and treated immediately. Please note that these are merely suggestions on how to get started on a path to recovery. Everyone has a different situation and addiction recovery is often unique to the individual. The most important thing you can do is to take a step forward. Any step towards recovery is a success.
If you are a drug addict that wants to escape the life of addiction, then here are 5 very important steps that can help you in escaping your situation.
1. Identify the cause of addiction – In order for you to escape your drug addiction; you must first identify the cause of your addiction. Find the reason why you resorted to drug abuse, is it because of your friends? your co-workers? or perhaps your own self?
Find that reason and try to make terms with it; accept that it has lead to your current problem and that you are going to conquer and escape from it. After which, try to avoid from getting yourself involved in the same things that lead you to drug addiction. The most important thing is to identify that you have a problem and you need help. Through your recovery process, you can work on the cause.
2. Find help – Experts from the Haven House Addiction Center have long been dealing with patients suffering from drug addiction. They have concluded that drug addicts that voluntarily submit themselves to treatment recover faster as compared to other drug addicts.
Therefore, it is better for you to get treatment voluntarily rather than getting dragged into treatment. Today, there are a lot of treatment centers that offer various kinds of treatment. They may be different in their approaches to suit different kinds of patients but they are still designed to ultimately treat drug addiction.
3. Establish a Strong Support Group – drug addiction most of the time leads to loneliness. And a solitary lifestyle can most of the time lead the patient to return to drug abuse.
Find people who are in the same boat as you, they can share with you the pain, the loneliness and all the hardships you have gone through. Having people with the same goals as you at your side can prove to be very helpful in battling the helplessness caused by the drug addiction. Moreover, having a strong support group gives you hope that one day, you will all be sober and free from the shackles of drugs.
4. Take care of your body, mind, and soul – Exercise regularly, eat healthy foods, and groom yourself. Re-establish your self-esteem and confidence. Always be positive and look ahead to the brighter future.
You can also train your mind by engaging in activities that require critical and technical skills. Train your soul by meditating and reflecting on your past actions. Constantly improve yourself and rid of the negativity surrounding you.5. Find your Happiness – lastly, find your true happiness. There are a lot of things the world can offer to you. You just have to find it yourself. Try to think of the things that make you happy, the people that make you contented with your current life, the activities that inspire you to do better and improve. Find all of these things and you will definitely be able to escape the life of addiction.
Understand that recovery is a lifelong journey that you will travel. It is an adventure and you will have ups and downs and that is normal and part of the process. Congratulations for taking a step towards a happier future by seeking help!