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Help for Drug Addiction
The only person who can change your destructive behavior patterns is you. Although many people do not believe it, everybody does have the power to overcome his or her addiction.
Fear and uncertainly are often the greatest obstacles to recovery, which is a difficult long-term process that may require help along the way. With the right support and guidance, you will be able to finally conquer your addiction.
Drug Treatment and Rehab Centers (DTRC) provides support to those struggling with addiction, mental health disorders and dual diagnosis so they can learn to manage their issues and finally overcome their problems. It is possible to live the life you want to live. Call our Admissions team today at (415) 366-6922 to discuss your situation and get the help you need.
Confront your Problem
The most important step in overcoming addiction is to acknowledge and confront your problem. A person who remains in denial will never be able to fully recover from an addiction, because you must acknowledge the problem in order to treat it. However, admitting a problem, which often requires admitting one’s own weakness, scares many people, which is why it helps to have support and the aid of a skilled professional during this difficult process. By reading this page, you have already taken a step towards admitting that you have a problem, and you have found a resource to help you in your journey to recovery.
For many people, confronting the problem also requires looking at how and why it developed in the first place. Addiction often occurs when someone uses a substance to self-medicate in order to deal with negative feelings and emotions, or possibly a mental health disorder. If you do not also recognize the underlying issues fueling your addiction and receive help for them, it will be harder for you to overcome your addiction.
Decide Why you Want to Change
Acknowledging you have a problem is a very important first step in dealing with alcohol addiction or drug abuse. However, you have to do more than just recognize the problem; you must also have a desire to change. Concretely stating the reasons for making a change will help you navigate the difficult road to recovery. Many people find it helpful to write down why they want to change. Reasons could include wanting to be a better parent, experience more of the joy of life, succeed in school or work, repair damaged relationships, overcome health problems, or reverse some of the other negative consequences of addiction. Looking at the harmful effects of your problem, especially in writing, can provide the motivation to finally make the change you need.
Do not just focus on the problems caused by your addiction, as focusing too much on the negative aspects of the past that might make you feel hopeless. Instead, embrace the future. Think about the positive things that will occur when you have conquered your addiction, including achieving goals and dreams you have for your addiction-free life. You will be healthier, have more energy, be more secure financially, have healthier relationships, be more productive at work, and have time to have fun and explore new hobbies. Writing down these goals will keep you motivated during recovery.
Find Help and Support
Although the only person who can change you is you, it helps to surround yourself with a strong support network to help you succeed. Therefore, hold onto the relationships in your life that are uplifting and supportive. Conversely, be cautious about maintaining the toxic relationships in your life, such as friends who continue to use drugs, or relationships with people who make you feel inadequate.
You will need more than your friends and family in your support network. You should also look for professional support, such as a counselor or therapist. You can also engage in peer support group meetings, such as Alcoholic Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, or SMART Recovery (a non 12-step approach). Meetings with your peers provide you with a network of people who understand your journey to recovery and can help you through the tough spots in a way in which your family and friends may not be able.
Explore your Treatment Options
Studies have shown that the treatment option with the least likelihood of relapse is an intensive program at an addiction recovery center, such as DTRC, followed by aftercare and group meetings. Although this provides a strong program of support, this type of care is not for everyone. There are a variety of options, and you have to find the one that works the best with your situation. This could include entering a residential rehab program, intensive outpatient program, or regular psychotherapy supplemented with group meetings. Many people find the best solution is to begin with a residential program and then continue their treatment with the less intense programs, ending with an aftercare program supplemented with therapy and group meetings. The more you know about your options, the more you can ensure you will choose the right one for your situation. You can talk to the DTRC admissions team at (415) 366-6922 to learn more and receive guidance for your decision.
Because you are a unique individual with your own set of issues, your treatment program should be tailor-made for you and your situation. You should find a treatment facility, such as DTRC, that creates customized solutions geared toward the individual, not the disorder. This will help ensure that all your underlying and co-occurring conditions are addressed in addition to your addiction.
Learn Healthy Stress Management and Coping Mechanisms
Conquering an addiction is not just about detoxifying from a substance; you also have to learn to handle the triggers of your addiction. Stress is often one of the biggest triggers for substance abuse. Learning healthy stress management techniques will help you to resist the urge to use. Exercise, a healthy diet, and mindfulness activities such as yoga and meditation have been shown to help decrease stress levels, as well as benefit those in recovery.
You also want to learn healthy coping mechanisms for powerful emotions. Many people who abuse substances do so in order to numb negative feelings and emotions. Once you stop using, you will intensely feel these emotions. Without knowing how to properly process and manage these feelings, you will struggle with the temptation to once again fall into your self-destructive patterns. A good treatment program will educate you in healthy coping mechanisms and stress relief.
Understand your Unique Triggers
Although stress and emotions are powerful triggers for most people, each person will also have his or her unique triggers. Therefore, you need to identify your triggers and the reasons you turn to a substance when dealing with opiate addiction, alcohol addiction, or addiction to any other addictive substance. Your triggers might be toxic relationships, bad self-esteem, negative emotions or stress, traumatic life experiences, or something else. You might also experience cravings when you see a familiar bar or go to a party. Once you know your triggers, you can learn coping mechanisms so you can stay strong when you encounter them.
Addiction Recovery at DTRC
Drug Treatment and Rehab Centers offers state-of-the-art, evidence-based treatment for addiction, mental health disorders and dual diagnosis. Our programs incorporate experiential and expressive therapeutic activities and group sessions that teach coping mechanisms and healthy stress relief techniques for a well-balanced approach that targets the individual. We treat all underlying and co-occurring conditions to reduce the risk of relapse. We know how to deal with drug addicts to facilitate a strong recovery. You can learn more about the programs at our rehabilitation facility by calling our Admissions team at (415) 366-6922.