What stops most people from attempting to overcome drug or alcohol dependence through treatment? Fear. Their expectation of what it takes to avoid relapse is too overwhelming to even consider, and so they postpone and engage in a life that is arguably even more difficult – one driven by active addiction.
What exactly defines a life lived successfully in sobriety? Though almost everyone would define this differently according to their own goals and personality, most would agree that it could be distilled down to a few practices:
- Avoiding drugs and alcohol
- Engaging in personal honesty
- Taking positive action when relapse becomes a threat
- Engaging in activities that lower the risk of relapse
What will it take for you to overcome drug dependence?
No Drugs and Alcohol
Putting down what’s in your hand, getting rid of everything hidden in the house, and deleting contacts in your phone that connect you with any substance of abuse – no drugs and alcohol means eradicating them from your life. It’s important to acknowledge that we live in a drug-infused society; it’s impossible to walk down the street, into a store, or turn on the TV without running into a potentially triggering drug reference. But you can limit your exposure to this by choosing to avoid people who drink or get high, stay away from bars and other establishments where substance abuse is the focus, and keep any drug or alcohol out of your home and out of your hands
Be Honest With Yourself
Are you really doing okay? Are you feeling strong and able to withstand temptation? Or are you starting to feel ill at ease due to depression, anxiety, grief, and self-consciousness – even remotely? Taking stock of how you feel every day in a way that is honest is a big part of identifying potential triggers for relapse early so you can react appropriately.
Having a plan in place in advance that you can put into action at the first signs of potential relapse is the best way to ward off drug use in sobriety. Having someone you can call, somewhere you can go, and things that you can specifically do to help you get back to feeling strong and stable in recovery are essential.
Even if you’re feeling great today, there’s no telling what will come up tomorrow – or even in the next five minutes – that will throw you off balance and trigger an extreme emotional response that has the potential to threaten your recovery. Taking consistent action to decrease your stress level and remaining in constant contact with your support system in recovery can help you to have a higher threshold for stress and increase your ability to stand strong.
Start With Treatment
If you’re ready to stop drinking or using drugs, the best way to start your recovery is with time spent engaging in comprehensive rehabilitation services. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help here at The Recovery Village.