Focus on Change
The first step in a drug addiction recovery plan is to be open to change. This means admitting you have a problem, admitting that you need to do something about your behaviors. The toughest step for many is this first one–looking yourself in the mirror and realizing you need to change. This means looking at the ways you deal with stress, the routines in your life that have made you vulnerable, how you have lost the ability to control your free time and yourself, and what other triggers could be harming your thought process. It’s normal to feel reluctant to this change, it’s normal to feel conflicted, and it’s normal to stumble and make mistakes. But taking this first step is key.
Explore Your Treatment Options
While TV and films may make us all think all treatment is only one thing and everyone goes through the same process, the truth is no two addictions are the same so no two treatments will be exactly the same. First look at whether you need to go through a detoxification process, this will narrow your options of treatment centers to ones that have the right medical facilities for this. Look into whether inpatient or outpatient treatment is right for you based on the severity of your addiction and where you are in your treatment process. Look into behavioral counseling to get at the emotional root of your addiction. Look into your long-term follow-up options and how you can get lifelong support.
Get Support for Your Recovery
Treatment is not just about your time spent in a facility, though this is often what people picture when they think of treatment. The truth is treatment will last in some way the rest of your life. Addiction is never about the substance, it’s about the internal mechanisms that lead to it and those require constant support. Find which family and friends you can lean on for support. You can build a network of fellow sober individuals to share stories and successes with–you can even move into a sober home or community if necessary. Make your weekly or daily meetings a priority and act in life as though sobriety is always your goal.
Life is going to be full of stress. You can’t change that, but what you can do is make sure you have methods to cope with stress that could lead to relapse. Part of this is also understanding that relapse is often a part of the process. Understand stress, your daily stressors, and be honest with yourself about your underlying emotional issues and triggers. We want to be your companion and partner on your journey to recovery. Contact Serenity today to find out how we can help you on your path to recovery and to the rest of your life.