If you are struggling with a drug addiction, it may seem impossible to get sober. Regardless of how hopeless your situation may seem, though, recovery is just around the corner. With the right support and treatment, and getting to the root of your addiction, change is possible. Even if you have attempted to quit before and failed, don’t give up. Recovering from your addiction will often involve setbacks, pitfalls, and bumps. By simply realizing you have a problem and considering changing, you have already taken the first step.
The toughest step towards recovery is making that decision to change. People normally feel uncertain about whether they truly want to change or not, or if they have what is needed to quit. Once you decide to make that change, though, you are committing to changing the way you deal with stress, how you think about yourself, what you do in your free time, and who you allow in your life.
Many people will feel conflicted when it comes to giving up their addiction, even when they know it is the root cause of many problems in their life. Recovery takes a lot of time, support, and motivation, so it is normal to take everything into consideration before committing to change.
Many addicts believe they have their drug use under control. There are several things that need to be considered to determine if you are ready to take that road towards recovery. First, determine how much you use drugs. Keep track of all your drug use with notes on when and how much you use. Next, make a list of the pros and cons of quitting. Consider the costs associated with using and any potential benefits of continued use. Third, consider the people and things in your life that are important to you and how your drug use affects them. Think about your friends, family, career, health, or anything else that comes to mind. Fourth, talk with someone you trust and ask how they feel about your drug use. Last of all, ask yourself if something is preventing you from pursuing change. If so, is there anything that can help you with changing?
Once you have decided to take the road to recovery, you need to begin looking at your treatment options. Remember, there’s no treatment that works for everyone. Any drug addiction program needs to be customized to you and your needs. You also need to find a program that you feel comfortable with.
Regardless of what program you decide to use, make sure they focus on more than just your drug abuse itself. Your whole life is affected by addiction, including your well-being, health, career, and relationships. Successfully recovering from drug use depends on learning a new way of life and addressing the reasons drugs were used in the first place. For example, if your inability to manage stress led to your drug dependency, it will be important for you to learn new ways to deal with stressful situations.
Once you decide to get drug addiction help, give us a call at Coastline Behavioral Health so we can get you started on a treatment plan that will work for you.