Why say stop to addiction

Can you say stop to an addiction? The whole point of addiction is how very, very hard it is to ‘just say no’ and give up. There’s many good reasons you should, however.

Addiction has many flavours

Remember that the media tropes of drug addicts aren’t the only addiction around. Addiction is complex and multifaceted, and can range from addiction to physical things like porn and sex right through to drugs, alcohol, cigarettes and prescription drugs. And the initial detox is only the start of the journey to good health- quitting addiction is a lifelong battle against craving and relapse. It’s a hard quest to be whole again, and for many it may not be worthwhile.

Why should I try to stop my addiction?

You may feel that it’s not worth the hard journey to sobriety. Maybe you ‘like’ the life you are living, or maybe yum are in full denial that there’s anything wrong at all. If you often finding yourself thinking phrases like ‘I could stop any time I wanted’ and such, you may well have a problem you’re denying to yourself. If you search any resources to stop addiction, you’ll find warnings that it’s not a walk in the park, that it is in fact a long and difficult journey to get and stay sober. Maybe it doesn’t seem worthwhile to you at the moment- so why should you care?

Do you want to be reliant on a substance all the time?

At the heart of it, addiction boils down to moving past ‘wanting’ a substance, to actively needing it to function. Addictions become crippling by tying you too a substance without which you cannot function. Whether or not it feels like it from within the addiction, the effects this has on your life can be devastating. Most addictions require a fuel or money to acquire. They force you to become secretive and lying to loved ones.

They will, likely, cause you to act in ways you may not approve and which go against your moral code. The worst part of this is that you may well not realise it at the time. Addiction cravings can become so strong they override everything, including common sense, and that is why it can be so hard to admit you have substance abuse issues in the first place.

What effect does addiction have on my family?

Remember that you are not alone in your addiction. The family of addicts suffer a host of knock-on effects from that person’s addiction. Children and partners both face emotional unpredictability, and inclination to behave in violent and unpredictable ways, and the emotional instability of the environment can be incredibly detrimental to the mental and physical well-being of minors.

Can I stop alone?

Although some addicts manage to stop their addictions themselves, they are few and far between. Recovery is a process that has to start with you and your will to be healed, but you will need help and support along the way. Believing that willpower alone will do it is one of the easiest ways to lead to a relapse- don’t be afraid to reach out for help. Counselling is an important part of the treatment, both to help you through the rough patches after detox but also to help you develop the tools to cope with life stresses and triggers where previously you would reach for your drug to help you. Other mental issues such as depression can also be addressed. Remember, even once any physical dependence is cured, the habits and ingrained patterns of behaviour generated in your mind will still push you back towards your dependency, and it is vital to address these. Stress, environmental cues and the people around you can all be cues that will push you back into dependence again.

What type of treatment do I need?

No one treatment for addiction is fool proof. There are many paths that can lead to sobriety, so if a place isn’t working for you don’t be afraid to try a different path. What is important is rebuilding a social network of both fellow sober addicts and non-recovering friends, as well as avoiding triggers and learning constructive behaviour patterns. Some people may opt for outpatient addiction recovery, whereas others will be best served by residential treatment. If you cannot guarantee yourself a safe, sober environment in which to reside, sober living houses may be a good thing for you to look into. Therapy can be both group and individual, and finding a support group of recovering addicts who have been through what you are going through is invaluable.

Recovery from addiction is a long, slow process that will require mental and emotional support. However, saying stop to addiction can be one of the most life-changing decisions you make, so don’t be afraid to reach out today to one of the top alcohol addiction treatment centers in the country for help.

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10 steps to overcome addition

Overcoming addiction can seem like an overwhelming process. However, if you break it down into simple steps, overcoming it can be easier. Here are our 10 suggested steps for overcoming addiction.

Acknowledge your addiction.

You won’t get sober until you admit the issue. You can’t ‘just have one’ or ‘use moderately’. If you could do that, you would not have escalated into addiction in the first place. It is important to acknowledge to yourself that you have a problem, not a habit, and that you want for that problem to end. It’s the first, most vital step to recovery you can take. An important part of this is establishing why you used your substance of choice in the first place- is it to cope with stress, to ease loneliness, to overcome pain? Knowing why you use is a critical part of recovering.

Let go of denial.

Tied integrally to the first step, this step needs you to open yourself to rational though instead of living in denial. Many addicts already know their addiction is unhealthy for them, yet cannot break free of the cycle. Trivialising, condoning or denying it’s existence are all escape tactics to prevent you having to admit your problems. You need to allow space for rational thinking, or allow others to do the rationalising for you.

Remember the bad times.

If you’ve made the decision to quit, you obviously already realise that this lifestyle is not working for you. Although it’s not good to dwell on bad memories, remembering the moments that turned you away from your addiction path can be a good way to keep yourself on the straight and narrow when it feels hard. Remembering how far you have come can be very motivational, too.

Learn to cope

For many people, their addiction is a form of escape. Your addiction became the reward for failing to cope with something in your life. Maybe it left you calmer, or made you feel better. Maybe it simply numbed away your problems. You can’t take away that crutch, and not find a healthier one to replace it, or you will set yourself up to fail. It is important to invest in some therapy or alternate means to guide you towards healthier coping patterns.

Know what triggers you.

Whether it’s the crowd of people who used to support your addiction, a specific location like a club or bar that reminds you of it, or a specific time on the clock, there are things that will make you remember your addiction fondly. You need to identify these triggers, and make sure that you are occupied away from them with something productive and distracting. You need to learn to ride out these impulses, and the easier you can make that the better for you.

Mind your words.

Be careful how you talk about the substance to which you were addicted, both to yourself and to others. Cravings are going to occur anyway, and one of the triggers that can cause a relapse is if you find yourself speaking nostalgically about your drug and ‘good times’ past. Using language that nurtures and supports the idea that your addiction was good for you can lead you back where you do not want to go.

Visualisation can help your goals.

Bad days will happen. It can be immensely helpful, when they do, to visualise your end goal- the healthy, happy you. Be it the new job you want, or how you will look physically, having a good mental image of the recovered you can be uplifting and motivating when times get hard.

Lifestyle changes are essential.

This is, of course, a firm part of changing your lifestyle. You will not be able to hand around with the crowd and the friends that facilitated your addiction. You aren’t going to be able to work somewhere where your substance of choice is all around you and easily accessible. You need to set yourself up for success. Make sure you don’t have change for that bottle or pack of cigarettes. Make sure your next date isn’t at a bar. Change where you go, who you see and who you allow into your life, and you will make it easier for you to resist cravings and temptations.

Be answerable to yourself and others.

Without accountability, you will be right back at step one. If you are accountable, that person will not only be able to support you, but also shake you out when you need it.

Don’t forget to praise yourself when it’s due.

It’s not all about the fight. Take time to reward yourself when you achieve goals and milestones.

Addiction is a long road, and the recovery process can seem long and hard at times. However, remember that you can overcome addiction rather than let it overcome you, and keep strong.

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