10 Tips for Recovering From Addiction
Tips and Reminders for a Successful Recovery
Anyone who is in recovery or seeking help for the first time should understand that alcohol and drug addiction is a disease, not a morale failing or a weakness of willpower or a lack in ability to just say ‘no’.
Addiction cannot be cured, but it can be managed. Getting help from a professional that approaches addiction as a disease is first step to a successful recovery. By following the recommendations of experienced professionals with access to the latest advances in therapy and medicine, individuals will have the best chance at recovery and bright and happy future.
Here are 10 key tips for making a successful recovery:
1. Make your recovery a priority – put yourself first and stay in touch with trained professionals who know you and can provide you with comprehensive treatment options and sound advice throughout your recovery.
2. Take it one day at a time – recovery is a process, not a destination. Do not let thoughts of use or old habits get the best of you. Learn techniques to overcome any negative thoughts and feelings
3. Communicate – addiction can be very isolating so talk to your friends and family about your challenges. While it may be tough, the support system you create will give you an enormous boost. They will be there when you need them and will help you stay motivated and focused.
4. Change your environment – one of the best ways to maintain a healthy recovery is to replace your bad habits with healthy, new ones. Surround yourself with positive people, things and experiences. Search out cultural events and activities in your area that can stimulate your body and mind in a new, exciting – and healthy way.
5. Change your friends – some of your friends may have been enabling your addiction instead of helping you control it. If you have friends that may jeopardize your recovery, it is time to find a new circle of friends. The right friends will help you to maintain a healthy recovery.
6. Get out and exercise – spending 30-60 minutes walking or at the gym will just a few days a week will do wonders for you. Exercise will not only boost your physical strength, it will boost your mental health as well.
7. Improve your diet – in addition to exercise, eating right is another key ingredient to a successful recovery. Whether you get help or do it on your own, improvements in diet will make you healthier mentally and physically.
8. Join a support group – whether you join a church based group, AA or other social support network, they can provide wonderful value, help and wisdom to your recovery efforts
9. Work or donate some of your time – being productive at your job or giving back to a cause you believe it will do wonders for your self-esteem. Making a positive contribution at work or for others will give you a wonderful sense of accomplishment and pride.
10. Never give up – whatever you do, regardless of the challenges or obstacles you face, do not give up or give in to the disease. Rely on your family, friends and support tools to keep going in the face of temptations and difficult days.
Help us Jesus! We are having to keep our son locked up in jail because we can't afford inpatient treatment. He's not even 23 yet, and this has kept him behind bars for nearly the last 3years. It began with misuse of ADHD meds, graduated to meth addiction, and moved into inhalants because they are not traceable on urine test and won't violate his probation. He can't stop. He does enough to kill himself, and at that time, wants to die. He has a 2 year old son he loves. Tough love only forced him to steal to survive. Coming home when every soul he knew turned him away, he punched holes in walls and broke through door after door. In jail, he is being treated with medication for symptoms of schizoaffective disorder, which are brought on by just the regular use of his prescribed Adderal now, which he has been prescribed since the second grade. When it began to change his personality, as his mother, I took him off of it, only to have his teachers take me to court and be ordered by a judge to reinstate the drug. His dad and I decided to sell our home in Virginia Beach, Va and move to another state, but in the meantime, our son turned 18, and was dependent on the Adderal and went to his own doctor in secret to keep getting it. Public mental health will only keep hm a few days and say he is stable and release him. He is incapable to staying with outpatient treatment. He is addicted to any substance that makes his heart race, but coming from a family with addiction issues, I believe his drugs of choice will change with age. Breaking addiction, educating him about addiction, getting the mental health support... How do we get help when we can't afford it? It's cost me all my savings over the last 5 years, repairing property damage, paying for damage from 5 head on collisions he has caused and fines - we are broke broke broke. Something like this show could save his life. He is a beautiful soul. He's funny, hardworking. He just can never maintain and I pay his child support because he can't, and I won't let my grandson suffer because his daddy is so sick. Is the show still taking on cases? Is there any inpatient help for us? Virginia doesn't have Medicaid for adults, despite what Obamacare states. A very conservative state determined to defy universal healthcare at all costs. Please help us. I want my son to live, and the tough love has caused suicide attempts. Being jailed with dangerous criminals is not the answer to this. Is the show still taking on patients? Please - someone - need resources
I like that you said to put yourself first. Sometimes, people are trying to help everyone else around them. That can contribute to the problem at hand. If you focus on yourself and help yourself, you will be of greater value to others. http://www.bridgewayrecovery.com/services.html
I've been working on my good vibes and it's been great! I'm glad that I've been 6 months sober now and I'm going good and clean. I had to be pretty drastic in my changes though. I was in real deep, but it's one day at a time and one foot in front of the other. I'm thankful for all the support I've had from my family and I hope to keep going in the future and help others with their addictions.
Addiction is NOT a disease. This is one of the many lies perpetrated by the 12 step cult religion. You should have done some more extensive research before spewing the same old dangerous rhetoric.
My sister has suffered from addiction for a long time now. she is starting to get on track but has been having trouble. These tips helped her a lot. Spending time doing activities and not being idle helped her the most, she doesn't think about it as much when she is enjoying herself. Please let me know if you have any updates or expansions on this.
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Somebody tell me how to help my 20 year old nephew I am watching the heroin episode and it is like they are filming my family except we are not rich people who can afford the Dr's in Dallas and 90 day in patient treatment I am 3k away from him and have been able to get a Church rehab here to take him but I am scared they do not have the resources to deal with the medical part , somebody tell me how to start , I have talked to him several times he ask for the help and is supposed to get his ID so he can fly but I am so far away I can be there to push him
I'm traneing up to be a peermentore tho help pepal to come off drugs and to have a better life and make them feel better in them selves so I hpoe that in the futer I can do that
This is one of my favorite shows. As an interventionist it is my responsibility to educate the families on addiction and the process of the disease. Nat Geo takes it to a whole other level by showing the scientific method of the drugs being used and how it affects the body and mind. There are also many alcohol and drug rehabs that need more education on the process. I have noticed that alot of substance abuse treatment centers have people in recovery or in the 12 step program working for them that don't have an education or deep understanding of detoxing from alcohol or other substances. The addicts working the addiction field can relate to the user but having that educated background makes it a whole lot easier to explain to the families.