Overcoming a drug addiction
Chomas, I understand that trying to get over drug addiction can be very hard especially when you are struggling to quit. But, no matter how impossible it seems in the beginning, you can recover from your addiction if you have the right support structure and treatment. However, before you can overcome your drug addiction, you first need to admit and accept that you have an addiction. Recovery is not easy but you can do it! Overcoming your drug addiction works better if it’s combined with treatment and support from loved ones. So what are the steps to a healthier, drug-free life chomas?
Decide to make a change in your life
Beating a drug addiction doesn’t happen overnight chomas. You need to be ready to let go of your addiction by firstly changing your lifestyle completely. This means changing your daily routine, who you hang out with and what you put in your body. This is to make your recovery easier and make it simpler to stay sober. The choice to quit needs to come from you and no one else – you need to make that change chomas.
There will be many triggers and temptations that will make you want to use drugs again chomas; your old friends that you used drugs with may want to chill with you again. You need to build enough strength to say “no” when they want to do that.
Once you made that decision to stop taking drugs and you’re determined to live a better life again, with help, you can walk away from your addiction.
Ask For Help
Tell close friends and family that you have decided to stop using drugs and ask for their support. Be open and honest with them because they can help you on your journey to becoming sober. You might feel shameful for using drugs and regret putting them through this, but chomas they will be happier to see you speak to them about your drug abuse and will back you up in wanting to change and get treatment. You can even find a treatment programme that involves family therapy, because family and friends can become the best support system for you when you’re trying to overcome your drug addiction.
There are treatment centres for any type of person and any type of drug addiction chomas. The key is to find the facility that is right for you and can meet your needs. Talk to someone you trust like a close friend or a family member to help you look for a treatment centre. You can even ask me on Ask Choma if you need more information.
Learn how to live without drugs by developing new habits
You will have to learn how to cope with stress and negative events in your life – without using drugs to numb your pain. In order to keep yourself from going back to drugs, use stress-reduction techniques like eating right, exercising, reading or volunteering, for example. Whether it’s joining a church-based group or other social support networks, joining a support group and connecting with other people who have gone through similar experiences can add great value and help to your recovery efforts. It can also be a form of therapy for you. Make sure you continuously attend these sessions because they really do help a lot towards your recovery. You can also speak to someone close to you and trust, or share your story with me choma. I’m always here for you.
Take it one step at a time
Make sure your treatment gives you enough time in recovering from your drug addiction and make sure it’s at your own pace, you are not competing against anyone.
Chomas, overcoming addiction is not easy but it is possible. If you ever feel like giving up, contact someone immediately. Committing to staying sober involves changing many things like dealing differently with stress, what you do in your free time and most importantly how you think about yourself. The decision to overcome your addiction has to come from you FIRST chomas, so if you have decided that you have had enough of the addiction, ask for help now. The sooner you seek help, the sooner you can recover.
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