Having a drug addiction can make the person you are disappear, and leave an empty shell of a human who is a slave to the subject of your addiction. Unfortunately, it is far easier to develop a drug addiction than it is to kick it. Illicit drugs are easy to get a hold of; they often cost less than a gallon of gas or a six-pack of beer. Effective drug treatments for stimulant dependencies such as Adderall addictions or cocaine addictions are almost non-existent. For this reason, illicit drug use has grown in just a decade from 8.3% of the population using illegal drugs in 2002 to 9.4% in 2013. This is especially prevalent among people between the age of 18 to 25.
If you find yourself among the 2.8 million Americans trapped in the clutches of drug addiction, don’t lose hope. You can recover. A few steps that lead to effective addiction treatment include:
- Make a Decision to Change
There is no addiction treatment in the world that can help you unless you want to help yourself. Even if you realize that your addiction is hurting yourself and the people you love, it still might be difficult to take the first step and acknowledge that it’s time to change. It’s okay to feel conflicted; change is hard and the road ahead of you is going to be challenging. To strengthen your will to seek drug treatment, try making a list of the things that matter most to you, such as your significant other, your parents or children, or your career. Consider how these things are impacted by your addiction, and let that be a motivator to get help.
Sometimes, when you’ve gone through addiction treatment and then returned to your addiction, it can be discouraging to try again. Having relapses is a part of addiction recovery. Don’t lose hope. Use your failures as an opportunity to grow. What triggered your relapse? What helped you stay clean for as long as you did? Reflect on your past attempts and use it to strengthen your resolve to try again.
- Find an Effective Addiction Treatment Program
Once you’ve made the courageous step towards getting clean, you need to find an addiction treatment program that will help you get there. It is very unlikely that you’ll be able to get clean on your own with nothing but the fuel of your good intentions. Even if you have the best intentions, you will be faced with moments of weakness that will be impossible to resist without the tools to do it.
Remember, there is no such thing as a universally effective addiction treatment program; everyone’s journey is different and their needs are different. It is important to join an addiction treatment program that feels right for you.
- Learn to Cope
After you’ve gotten clean, the demon of addiction will try to pry its way back into your life at any moment of weakness, especially when you are stressed or exposed to triggers. Before you got clean, you probably turned to your addiction to unwind after a stressful situation. It will be a natural reaction to want to return to it when life gets tough. Having established methods of coping will help strengthen your resolve:
- Create a support system of people who do not use drugs and want to see you clean. Call on them when you feel like giving up.
- Channel your frustration through a productive means. Exercise, create art, build something, write a poem, do something that makes you feel good about yourself.
- Try relaxation techniques. Meditate, drink some tea, take a hot bath.
- Sever Your Drug Triggers
You cannot stay clean if you continue to associate with other users. It might be painful, but avoiding people who will lead you to relapse is essential for your recovery. Likewise, consider the places and situations that triggers your desire to use and avoid them. When you do feel overwhelmed with the urge to use, turn to your support network instead of someone who will indulge you.
Are you ready to make the courageous step towards overcoming your drug addiction? Please contact us if we can be of any assistance in your journey.