Drug Recovery - One Day at a Time
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?
Do you Beleive in Successful Recovery after Addiction?
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.
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!