Addiction is a growing issue across the United States with an increasing number of people becoming dependent on alcohol, opioids, and other drugs. That being said, people rarely make conscious decisions to become victims of addiction. In most cases, it starts off on a small, relatively harmless scale and slowly swells to the point where it’s out of control. Regardless of the substance being abused, the mind and body eventually come to rely on having it to fall back on in stressful situations or to take the edge off trying times.
By then, the thought of forging through each day without drugs or alcohol becomes as frightening as that of losing control may have once been. It begins to feel like there’s no way out of the vicious, dangerous cycle. While the situation may seem hopeless, certain steps can help you make the transition to a drug-free life.
Make the Decision to Break the Addiction
Many have tried to break the chains of addiction because of pressure from their families or friends. Peer pressure may be one of the leading initial causes of substance abuse and dependence, but it’s typically ineffective when it comes to ending addiction. Those bound by addiction must decide to stop using drugs or alcohol for themselves rather than to please others.
This means the decision to end an addiction must be yours and yours alone. From there, it has to be a long-term commitment you’re dedicated to following through with. Making the decision to break your addiction is the first and most important step in living a drug-free life, but it’s also the hardest because no one can help you reach this resolution.
Reach out for Help
While making the decision to end an addiction is the first and most difficult step toward recovery, the second step is often the scariest. This is where reaching out for help comes into play. Despite this being one of the most crucial measures in freeing yourself from addiction, it’s also one very few people are able to take. Reports show only a fraction of those who need help actually receive it.
For some, simply resolving to stop using alcohol or drugs is enough to go the distance, but most need at least some level of help. Sometimes, structured and tailored treatment programs like those available through Harris House and other facilities are the answer. Others find outpatient counseling and support groups to be a better alternative. All things considered, the best option for you depends on a wide range of factors.
Surround Yourself with a Drug-Free Environment
Loved ones can’t make the decision to live drug-free for you, but they can be an integral component in fostering your efforts. Family members and friends who don’t play into drugs or alcohol will certainly be your strongest advocates in ending an addiction. On the other hand, eliminating the people with whom you drank or used drugs is also vital to changing your lifestyle. Finding new activities and alternatives to replace your addiction can help make the journey a bit easier as well.
In a Nutshell
Transitioning from addiction to a drug-free life isn’t going to be easy. In fact, it’s probably going to be one of the most difficult endeavors you’ll ever face. Still, making the decision to live your life without alcohol or drugs, reaching out for help and surrounding yourself with people and activities that strengthen your resolve rather than discouraging it will certainly go a long way toward achieving recovery.
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