“I have been using melatonin (sleeping pill) to sleep, without it I am not able to sleep. I am doing since long and I think without it I won’t be able to sleep. Nothing is working for me. I tried other stuff but I find my peace with these pills. I have this unstoppable desire to have it now. And I don’t think I am addicted to it; it’s just I am consuming it to sleep. But I feel really low and dull for the whole day. I have lost sense these days”.
For many people freighting with addiction, the toughest step toward regaining from addiction is the first one: recognizing that you have a problem and deciding to make a change. If you are going through this article, I am sure you are one step towards making the change in you. Being addicted to drugs is not a sign of weakness or a character flaw. You just need determination and strong willpower to overcome drug addiction! The change seems impossible but with the right treatment and support CHANGE IS POSSIBLE.
THE FIRST STEP: PREPARING FOR CHANGE
The very first thing you need to do is remind yourself of all the reasons you want to change. Try keeping a track of your drug use over a calendar and accordingly set measurables and specific goals. Ask for support from friends, family around you.
THE SECOND STEP: EXPLORE YOUR TREATMENT PROGRAM
Once the commitment is made to recover, it is time to explore the drug addiction treatment program. A successful program varies according to specific drugs. Here are some specific programs used often are:
Detoxification: It is the process of letting the drugs out of the body. It is common in the rehabilitation centers only after it has been prescribed by a psychiatrist.
Behavioral Counseling: Behavioral therapies helps breaking the association which has been created with the drugs through different therapies. It helps in changing the maladaptive behavior to an adaptive one.
Medication: Medications are used to reduce the withdrawal symptoms or treat any co-occurring to mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.
Long term follows up: Follow-ups are done to prevent relapse. It includes joining an anonymous group for drug preventions to keep your recovery on track
Which treatment suits you the best?
- No treatment works for everyone: The program you choose for yourself should make you feel right. The treatment programs are tailored uniquely according to the concerns.
- Treatment should more than just your drug abuse: Other than treatment programs factors such as psychological wellbeing, relationship should be looked upon.
- Commitment and follow-through are key: Any therapy or treatment is a gradual process. It needs commitment and follow up sessions.
THE THIRD STEP: MAINTENACE
The third step is the maintenance of your recovery. A positive support system is a must. Lean on the close friends and family which is an invaluable asset in recovery. Try to look for relationship and family therapy to help you through the process.
The other very important point is trying to build a sober social network. Change your connections and try volunteering or attending events in your community. Join programs and support groups such as 12 step recovery program and attend the meetings. The shared experiences of the group members who are going through the same can help you give a feeling of belongingness and will walk along with you in the process of healing.
LEARN HEALTHY WAYS TO COPE WITH STRESS
We usually try to dampen our negative feelings through drugs and once you are sober those feelings will resurface. The first thing you can do is deal with your underlying issues. Experiencing negative emotions is a normal part of life but finding ways to address these negative feeling is a must in the process of recovery.
Quick Relieve From Stress Without Drugs
- Yoga, meditation and brisk walk in fresh wind can help in relieving stress.
- Play with your dog and any pet you have.
- Close your eyes and imagine a peaceful situation
- Pamper yourself.
To prevent relapse in your rebuild journey you can start with avoiding people, places, and situations that trigger you to use drugs. Avoid meeting friends who are into drugs or avoid bars and clubs.
When craving seems to be unavoidable get involve in other activities such as reading, go to a movie, follow your hobby, hike or exercise. The other best way is to talk it out to your support system and tell them about how are you feeling. Try challenging your thoughts and change them. Focus more on the negative consequences of the drugs and try avoiding it. Relapse is a very common part of the recovery process. Don’t let it make you feel down. It allows you to learn from the mistakes, identify the triggers and correct the treatment program. Don’t give up, look for help, go to your therapist and strengthen your commitment towards recovery.
“ANYONE CAN GIVE UP; IT IS THE EASIEST IN THE WORLD TO DO. BUT TO HOLD IT TOGETHER IS THE TRUE STRENGTH” – KEEP THAT STRENGTH IN YOU AND DECIDE TO MAKE A CHANGE.”