There are so many jokes about addiction out there. People talk about how they are addicted to chocolate or a great show.
While this may seem like an accurate description of how these people feel about the things they love, addiction is a very real and very serious problem.
If you are addicted to drugs, it may seem like an insurmountable challenge, but you should never give up hope.
Here are a few things you should do to start the recovery process.
Accepting the Problem
The first step is to recognize and be willing to admit that you have an addiction. No matter how many times someone reaches out to you, if you aren’t willing to deal with the reality of your addiction, you aren’t going to make any progress.
Part of accepting your addiction is realizing the damage that it is doing to you, your family and friends, and all aspects of your life. There is no such thing as a harmless addiction. Once you have recognized the problem and decided to change your life, you are ready to move forward.
Overcoming your addiction is going to require a lot of change and help. Depending on the length of your usage, you may have a harder time getting sober. The process of withdrawals will also be affected by the type of drugs you have been using.
Your drug use has changed how your brain works, and it will be difficult, if not impossible, to beat those changes on your own.
Take Care of Yourself
If you haven’t been taking care of yourself properly, you need to start. Proper diet and exercise are crucial to beating your addiction. If you aren’t healthy, it is hard to have the energy to fight your cravings, and you may find you crave the high even more.
It will take some time to make a difference, but exercise can give you a high that feels better and doesn’t have the damaging effects that drug use does.
Don’t Give Up
It is almost guaranteed that you will struggle and have a relapse at some point. Whatever happens, don’t give up on your journey to become sober. You can do it. Set up a system to help you resist the cravings. Go for a run, talk to a friend, or distract yourself. It may be helpful to avoid the people you used to get high with, the places you used to go to, and anything you may associate with your addiction.
No matter what, don’t beat yourself up for any slip-ups. Just keep going. You will beat your addiction.