According to a National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) from 2017, nearly 20 million Americans over the age of 12 struggled with an alcohol or drug abuse disorder.
In the battle for control and peace in your life, you are not alone. Tens of millions of people are fighting alongside you, and many tens of millions have found success and relief.
Learning all about recovery can help you imitate their success and find joy in your own life.
All About Recovery Strategies
Recovering from addiction is a fight with many tools and techniques you can use. Here are a few recovery facts that can help you succeed.
List Reasons Not to Drink or Abuse Drugs
When you’re fighting a temptation, your addiction creates a long list of reasons for you to give in and abuse drugs or alcohol again. To overcome that temptation, you need to make sure that your list of reasons to resist is even longer.
Write down a list of as many reasons as you can think of why you shouldn’t give in to temptation. When temptation comes, counter each tempting thought with one of the reasons you’ve written down.
Identify Your Triggers
If you’re getting triggered to want to abuse a substance and trying to resist, then you’re already fighting the hardest battle. It is far easier if you instead fight the battle to make sure you never get triggered in the first place.
Make a list of the emotions, memories, places, people, and anything else that can make you feel like abusing again. Avoid these triggers so you don’t get involved in more difficult battles.
Stay Away From Cross-Addiction
When people are recovering from one addiction, they will sometimes replace it with a new one.
For example, if you’ve been battling alcohol abuse and you’re still recovering, drug addiction can see this as the perfect time to sneak into your life. Be extra careful to avoid new addictions while battling old ones.
Find Something Positive to Occupy Your Time
Doing nothing instead of giving in to old habits can be very difficult. It’s far easier to do something better in place of those old habits.
Find a hobby or a community to spend time with. Whenever you feel tempted, don’t choose between giving in versus doing nothing.
Instead, fight for something. Fight to spend time with your new hobby or community.
Attend Group Meetings For Support
Group meetings can help addiction recovery efforts. If necessary, or if you want to make the whole process much easier, you can find a center like Outpatient Treatment where professionals can help you in your journey.
The expert eyes and constant support of professionals can help you find weaknesses in your game plan and strengthen your defenses for when times get difficult.
Becoming An Expert
Learning all about recovery and becoming an expert in your own personal recovery from addiction is key to your success.
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