Let’s state this up front: it is not easy to overcome drug use and addiction. It is, however, not impossible. Many people have successfully overcome drug use and addiction, and anyone with a drug habit can be one of them. Some people might feel their addiction to drugs is a hopeless struggle, but rehabilitation and recovery from drug use and addiction is never out of reach. As long as the person addresses the root cause of the addiction, he or she is already taking that very important first step. Add the right treatment and support from loved ones, and that person is well on his or her way towards overcoming drug use and addiction.
Make the decision to change
Everything begins with a decision, and overcoming drug use and addiction is no exception. For many drug users, deciding to make a change for the better is the biggest and toughest step towards recovery. The recovery process is a long one, but making the decision to quit drugs is already a step in the right direction.
If you’re a drug user and you’re thinking about making that change, there are a number of things that you need to take stock of. For one, you can make a list of the people and things that matter to you, and see how your drug use has affected them. You may also need to monitor your drug use so you can have a better idea of how big a role it’s playing in your life. If you have a friend or loved one you fully trust, talk things over with that person. Remember, you are going to need the support of friends and family once you decide to quit drugs, so it’s best that you discuss your plans with them before embarking on the road to recovery. Never go through the recovery process alone.
Study your treatment options
There are a number of treatment options available for drug users and addicts. Typically, addiction treatment employs a combination of inpatient and outpatient programs, counselling or psychotherapy, and medication. You can also opt to go for self-help groups and be paired with individual sponsors who will help you every step of the way.
Regardless of the treatment option you choose, keep in mind that there is a no such thing as a “magic bullet” or an instant cure for drug addiction. Also, your other issues that led you to drug addiction should also be addressed by your treatment program. That will help you avoid relapsing once the treatment period is over.
As stated earlier, drug addiction treatment is not a quick and easy process. You need to commit to your treatment program every step of the way, and follow through long after it’s done to maintain your sobriety.
Maintain your sobriety
When treatment is done and the drugs are out of your system, you need to realise that you have only just begun the recovery process. You are still likely to experience intense drug cravings, as your brain still has to adjust to and recover from the changes. As much as possible, make a conscious effort to avoid triggers such as people you used to do drugs with, places you used to use drugs in, and situations that made you take drugs in the past.
Picking up a hobby or engaging in physical activity is also good for maintaining sobriety. Most importantly, get support from friends and family who will want nothing less than to keep you sober for all time.