The road to recovery from a drug addiction can be long and, at times, seem impossible. However, it’s important to remember not to give up, because recovery is attainable. While it may be a lifelong challenge and commitment, perseverance can lead to a better future for yourself and your loved ones.
Here are a few tips courtesy of Addiction Hope for recovering from addiction:
- Peer Support
- Surround yourself with friends and family who will support you on the road toward recovery. If possible, cut ties with people who might be a threat to your recovery.
- Join a community-based organization that provides support and resources to help with your recovery. These include support groups such as Narcotics Anonymous, church groups, health care providers and other neighborhood associations.
- Drug-Free Lifestyle
- Find a new hobby, or get involved in your community. This helps build a positive lifestyle, without the influence of drugs, and can lead to other positive lifestyle changes.
- Pacing Yourself
- Take your journey toward recovery one day at a time. Although achieving your goal of a drug-free lifestyle may seem difficult, remember that recovery is a day-by-day process. It is important to understand that setbacks can occur, but learning from these experiences moving forward will allow you to overcome any potential risks in the future.
- Seek out treatment for your addiction. This treatment can include behavioral therapy or medication. To learn more and to find the appropriate treatment for you or someone you love, visit http://www.drugabuse.gov/PODAT/PODATIndex.html.
- Additional Resources:
- National Treatment Referral Hotline: 800-662-HELP (4357)
- National Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator: http://www.findtreatment.samhsa.gov/TreatmentLocator
- Harm Reduction Coalition: http://harmreduction.org
- Toward the Heart: http://towardtheheart.com/