If you are someone you know and love has an addiction problem there really is no help until the person with the problem realizes that they have a problem. There is no help for an addict that doesn’t see they have a problem. Once you’ve confronted the fact that you have a problem you can reach out for help, instead of trying to fight it.
Although treatment needs to come from a treatment center, you also need to work on it at home, whether you are the addict or it’s a loved one with the problem. Here are a few things that will help in the steps to recovery.
You Need To See There Is A Problem
Whether you hit rock bottom and the realization only comes then, or you see the sad look on the face of your child when you missed another event of theirs because you were drunk, you have to see there is a problem in your actions in order to be able to do something about it.
Once you know you have a problem you can do something about it. Start by seeking help through your doctor, therapy, detox, and even through entering into a treatment program.
Find Ways To Focus On Health And Wellness
Once you are in treatment and working on getting better you need to find new things to focus on in order to stay clean. Hopefully, that includes your family, but focusing on health and wellness is another good place to start.
Eating right will help your body heal from the abuse it got from the drugs and alcohol you were using. It will also give you more energy, as will fitness. Fitness will also assist you in getting a better outlook on life, boosting your mood.
Make Some Needed Lifestyle Changes
This could be changing friends, or even changing careers. You want to remove the things from your life that are toxic and negative, and that were part of that bad lifestyle. You may even need to learn to do things a completely different way.
If you always drank when you went to the bar you may need to spend some time away from the bar, lest it cause your cravings to come back and you fall off the wagon. You may need to avoid parties and other events until you have been clean for awhile.
Addiction is extremely difficult to get through, but you can do it if you want to. You also can do it if you have a good support system behind you. The people that are there for you when you try to get healthy, and still there for you even when you mess up, will help you get and stay clean (if you let them).
Originally posted on December 22, 2016 @ 10:39 pm