If you are struggling with drug addiction, you might feel that there is nothing that can be done to help. The cravings are just too strong when you try to stop and clean up your act. It can be one of the most difficult addictions to overcome but if you have the right support in place and work to a clear plan, you’ll find it a lot easier to succeed.
Deciding to Change
There can be a variety of reasons why you have now decided to stop taking drugs. There might be health concerns or there could well be family problems because of your drug usage. It might be that you no longer wish to be controlled by that marijuana cigarette or that line of coke.
Committing to that decision to conquer your drug addiction can seem a frightening proposition – you’ll have to find another way to deal with life’s stresses, change the people you allow into your life, including fellow addicts, or face some painful issues that you have been hiding away from for a long time.
To help you make that decision to quit you might find it useful to keep a diary about your drug use. How much do you take on a daily basis? What are the pros and cons of giving up your comfort blanket? How is your addiction affecting your health and those around you? What are the things that prevent you from changing apart from the cravings when you try to quit? It might be a good idea to talk everything over with someone you trust so that you can get things straight in your head.
Looking at Options for Drug Addiction Treatment
There is no one size fits all treatment when it comes to drug addiction. The good news is that there are plenty of places you can go for advice and support. Much will depend on the type of drug you abuse but any treatment should not only address your physical addiction but get to the bottom of any psychological issues that are underpinning your continued use.
Use a Support Network
Whether it’s members of your family, close friends or reformed addicts, it’s important to make sure that you don’t feel alone. You need help to beat your drug addiction and you’ll find that there are plenty of people who are willing to lend a hand. If you are isolated, then there are organisations that can help and provide that important safety net as well as helplines for those moments when you are about to give into your cravings.
Finding Healthy Replacements for Drugs
Many people abuse drugs because they can’t cope with the daily stresses of life. It’s important that you find some way to replace the relief that your addiction delivers. For some this may mean taking up a practice such as mindfulness meditation. Others turn to exercise to release a few helpful endorphins. For a lucky few it might be just as simple as taking a hot bath and relaxing for a while.
When you get cravings and feel yourself weakening it’s important that you have something to fall back on whether that’s a stress relief technique or talking to a fellow, reformed addict. No one is saying it’s going to be that easy – there will be plenty of hurdles to overcome, times when your addiction will scream at you so loudly you won’t know what to do. The trick is not to be so hard on yourself and to keep on trying and get the help you need when you need it.
Finally, there are going to be things that trigger your cravings. This could be old friends you used to share drugs with or particular places you associate with your addiction such as bars and nightclubs. Building your life back up outside of drugs is also important and there are various ways you can do this including taking up a new hobby, changing your health by exercising more and getting involved in your local community.