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Drug Recovery - One Day at a Time

Updated on February 02, 2017

If you are bound in drug addiction, do not loose heart. You can find the freedom you so desperately desire. Do not let anyone tell you, 'once and addict, always an addict.' You can successfully become drug-free, and regain your life and dignity again.

Drug addiction is a major problem in our society today. It is also trillion dollar industry, so it is not going away. Addiction is painful and can cause you to lose everything, including your life. There is hope if you have a desire to become drug-free. You will have to do some work, but if you have the desire to become whole again, you can and will do it.

Starting the Process of Recovery

Recovery from drug addiction is possible, but it will be the challenge of a lifetime. You can regain control over your life and once gain become, empowered, and self-affirming!

You can be free and remain free if you are willing to work and not give up. Though difficult, it is a positive journey, that will bring you back to a previous state of wholeness. You may have lost yourself for years in addiction, but if you get help, you will have the opportunity, to have a second chance at a new life. Let's look at the steps you need to take, to become free.

You need to be Ready

You will, first of all, need to have a desire to become free. No one can make you get sober if you do not want to. It is your life to do with as you choose. You can not do it, for your mother, or any other person. You have to do it for yourself alone!

You also don't need to get to the point of losing everything and becoming homeless and or going to jail, but you do need to be sick and tired of living the vicious cycle of addiction. When you feel you are ready, go get help. Don’t get help as a favor to anyone other than yourself. Do it for you?

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Get the Support of Others

When you have made a decision to get help, you will need to find someone to help you become sober. This might be an addiction or treatment facility or seeking help from your local Rabbi, Priest, or spiritual leader.
The point is you must collaborate with some who are committed to support you, until you can be sober. If you choose a treatment facility, do your homework and find one whose success rate is good and not merely a place that houses you for thirty days and then turns you loose.

There are also spiritual treatment centers who are helpful, like New Life for Girls, and Boys, Rapph House, Celebrate Recovery, etc., (not endorsements). You can go on-line for an extensive list of Religious treatment centers.

They tend to be strict and do not allow even smoking, so find a treatment center you think you give you a greater opportunity for success.

Getting Professional Help

Therapy can be painful, but it will help you to discover who you are and what lead you to this self-destructive behavior. It will uncover the who, what, why, when, where or of your addiction. If you can not afford private therapy, group therapy is very effective and less expensive.

Eventually, you will learn what triggers to avoid and coping mechanism that can help you stay strong in times of temptation. When seeking professional help, ask friends of your family, if they know of a good counselor. If finances are a problem, Catholic Charities, the Salvation Army or your local teaching hospital may offer, discounted or free help.

When Faith can Help

If you choose a spiritual leader as a counselor, choose someone you feel safe with and has a repetition for confidentiality.

Though many clergies are not licensed to counsel in matters of addiction, they can address matters of spiritual healing and forgiveness.

In addition, you might ask if they may know of someone in the congregation who has been successfully sober, and they can be a non-judgmental support for you.

How Change your Environment

Everyone at home must agree to partner with you in getting you clean and sober. Create a new environment for yourself. This means not drugs or alcohol in the home at any time or people who use them.

Let your old friends know that you are getting sober and that you will not be having any contact with them at this time. Stay away from your favorite haunts. If necessary do not even drive or walk past them. Do not watch movies or TV where people are drinking or getting high as this may be a trigger.

If can be very difficult to stay clean when you remain in your old neighborhood. If staying healthy means you have to move to another part of town or state. do it, if you can. A fresh start with new people can be a great benefit to you.

Healthy Diet

Once you have stopped using, you body needs to be restored to health. You may consider the holistic route, and seek the help of a Naturalistic Dr.

Naturopathic medicine can help you back on the road to physical and emotional recovery without the use of drugs.

Ask your naturopathic physician about the benefits of doing a body cleanse. You can find several detox programs at your local health food store.

Drink lots of water and eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables as this helps to cleanse your body from toxins.

Prayer Changes Things

Prayer will address the spiritual part of you that has been lost for a very long time. Prayer will help you reconnect with God, who loves you.

Praying will help you to reconnect with your own spirit. As you begin to establish a new connection with God. Prayer will give you strength, positive guidance and give you needed peace.

Forgive and Make Restitution if Possible

Eventually, when you are over the hump and feeling stronger, you will need to go to those you have hurt and ask their forgiveness. Ask your counselor when he/she thinks it is time to do this.

Remember, because you are now sober, everyone will not necessarily be ready to forgive you. If they do not forgive you do not worry about it.

You have made the step to begin to make amends. Most of all, you must learn to love and forgive yourself. Your addiction was a part of your past and it doesn't define who you are now. Move forward to sobriety!

Establish Positive Relationships

Keep your life filled with positive people and activities. Perhaps there were some things you always wanted to pursue in the past.

Begin to write a novel, begin to draw, go back to school and take a course or get your degree, begin to exercise. This is your time of rebuilding a new life and establishing new positive behaviors. This is you time to live life again.

Be Patient it Will Happen

If you should relapse, do not beat yourself up. Forgive yourself immediately, get up, dust yourself off and continue on your path to sobriety.

Stay close to your support system, remember to avoid, people places and things that may trigger your desire to use. As you stay on your path to healing, you are getting stronger and one day you will have victory over drug addiction!


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      Pamela Lipscomb 4 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Rosebud, I am so sorry you son is going through this right now. As an addict, I did not get help until I was ready to change my life's direction. Keep him in prayer and ask friends and family to do the same. What is impossible for man is possible with God!

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      rosebud 4 years ago

      Hi, I have a son that is an alcoholic,he knows it but wont stop drinking,he thinks he can just cut back and IT NEVER works, I did the tough love 5 yrs ago~ and he still hasn't learn anything~he is in and out of jail because of alcohol??? I grew up with alcoholics so I know what it's like~but he is my only son and wi be 30 yrs old next month~ why oh why doesn't he see

      mother lost waiting for her son

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      pressingtheissue 5 years ago from Pa

      I love this article! I am living proof that it is possible to turn everything around. Don't give up!

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      Pamela Lipscomb 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      I am so glad you are free from your addictions. Good job in taking your life back!

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      pressingtheissue 6 years ago from Pa

      Very informative!

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      Pamela Lipscomb 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      mistysprings, thank you for taking time to let me know this hub has encouraged you. Keep trying, victory can be yours!

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      mistysprings 6 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC Canada

      This is the first page on this site that I have read & it is really inspiring me to share my story. Even though my journey is not as positive, I believe getting my voice out there will do me some good. Thanks for the great words!

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      Pamela Lipscomb 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Rich, I am so excited about you success and life changes. Keep up the great work. You are worth it!

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      Granny's House 6 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      My son is doing real good. We are proud of him. He and wife are now going to a marriage counselor.

      He is taking Suboxian and it is helping.

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      Pamela Lipscomb 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      veritasvilla, thanks for your encouragement. I was ready for that change in my life and though it was difficult,I can say I am totally drug free since 77! I don't believe, "once an addict always an addict." I, do believe,you have to deal with the addictive personality, that can replace one addiction for another, like eating or shopping or something else.

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      veritasvilla 6 years ago from kerhonkson, ny

      Thank you so much for sharing this. There are many hubs listing various steps for recovery, but the fact that this is something you have been through personally really makes it more impactful. It is wonderful that you are using your experience to exert a positive influence over others. Keep up the great work!

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      Pamela Lipscomb 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Justjoe, I pray your son seeks the treatment that he needs and that he experiences lasting wellness.

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      Pamela Lipscomb 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      BJ, It is encouraging to know there is help and lasting sobriety. I also know sever others who have stayed clean and sober.

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      Justjoe 6 years ago

      Addicts are not bad people trying to get good..they are sick trying to get well. Don't take the blame and don't live in the 'what if' in the present..the here and day at a time. Get into a ALANON program/group. They know what you are going through and it will help you to be there. The 3 C's help...I didn't cause it, I can't cure it and I can't control it.

      My son is also an addict. His drug of preference is also pain meds. I hope he chooses to go to an inpatient program. Time will tell. Good luck and God bless all who suffer.

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      BJBenson 6 years ago from USA

      I have seen so many over the years who have some kind of addiction. It is nice that you were able to write this. It will help others I am sure.

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      Pamela Lipscomb 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Granny'sHouse, there are as many folks addicted by legal drugs as illegal. I know a minister who has severe back problems who is addicted to Oxies. It is wonderful he is seeking help. I will keep you son and his wife in prayer!

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      Granny's House 6 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      My son is going through this right now. I cry and worry about him all the time. He went his self and got help,but his wife is taking it real bad. He did not sell everything or lose everything or steal for it. Its just she thinks that if he loved her he would have never done it at all.

      He got hurt at work , a doctor put him on Oxies,told him he would get addicted to it and would have to be weaned off the pills. One day at work, someone went in his car,stole his prescription. he called the doctor told him what happened and the doctor did not believe him and cut him cold turkey. That is how it started. He was never weaned,got hooked and started with draw and went looking to buy them. He thought he could stop on his own. It just got worse. Now he is doing great. Checked his self in to detox and is in a program and going to counseling. I am afraid if his wife leaves him he will relapse

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      sameerk 6 years ago from India

      wow , nice one

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      Pamela Lipscomb 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Glad to hear of your victory Rich! Stay strong an keep up the good work!

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      Pamela Lipscomb 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Thanks for your comments of support Linda. Consider yourself bless, he married your co-worker. Now he is her problem. You really dodged a bullet!

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      LitlJhon 6 years ago from North Las Vegas

      All, the 12's (plus+) of "the-Recovery-Process" (A.A.'s) 12 Concept's of Service: as Leadership, training! With, the 12 Tradation's. As well 1,000's of "tasks" in-between each (12's) All, of the "Program" of 'fellow-ship'. Steps: are the Personal-Enrichment, WORK, into a newer-direction that Secular & faith-based assistance didn't work....12 Tradition's: "the Service" given-back toward's the Still-Suffering AS "self-aculation" without seeing result's? "Leadership, training WITH the 12 Concept's (AA) plus+ (is ALL od the program of recovery) InterGroup's & Biz., meeting's

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      Linda S.Wainscott 6 years ago

      I am proud of you guys for 1st of all admitting it.......2nd over coming it!!!

      I used to be married to an Alkie.......when I started to bug him about the drunk driving issue............he dumped me and married his co-worker of 13yrs and is now getting drunk with her !!!

      He chose the BOTTLE over ME!

      Your story inspires me............there can be change if you ALLOW it to!

      God continue to help both of YOU!

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      rich_hayles 6 years ago

      Wow, powerful stuff.

      Great advice for the people out there that don't think recovery is possible. I did it myself not so long ago and have felt great since. People need to understand there is a life after addiction.

      Thanks so much for your hub and I hope it gives hope to at least one person looking for a way out.

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