Four Steps That Will Get You To The Other Side Of An Addiction

by Ellie Johnson

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If you are trying to fight addiction, it can seem like you are trying to climb a vertical slope. The fact is if you haven’t yet admitted that you even have an addiction, that’s exactly what you will be doing. You’ll be trying to convince yourself that it’s not a problem, and you can quit anytime.

If that sounds familiar, then you’re not ready to take the big steps you need to get back to the person you once were.

Step 1: Admitting Your Addiction

However, it’s possible that you are ready to admit you have a problem. Don’t be surprised if you finally figured out the mess you have become. Or, if people who care about you had to tell you through an intervention. The important thing is that you are ready to change and get better. Contrary to popular belief the road to the recovery from an addiction isn’t always the same. Some people will find it easier than others and some will have a few failed attempts before they get it right. What type of experience you have facing your addiction will depend how much you want to beat it and how long you’ve had it. But, you should never think that if it’s harder for you, you’re weak. Some people find their addiction takes a tighter hold than it has on others.

Step 2: Cleaning Out The Closet

There is a mistake people make at this point. They think that they don’t have to quit completely. This is usually if your addiction is to something that is socially acceptable. But, if you have an addiction to something like alcohol you still need to quit completely. You can not go halfway. Have a look around your house and throw out any of the substance that you’re addicted to. If it’s drugs you’re going to need to check all the hiding holes. It’s a good idea to have a friend do this with you or a family member. It’s not unknown for addicts to subconsciously miss a place they know there is a stash of what they’re addicted to.

Step 3: Getting Support

There are two types of support that you will need to beat your addiction. The first is the support of your friends and family. If they don’t know you need to tell them you have an addiction. They need to support you and get you through to recovery. It can be hard to tell people that you love because you feel weak. But without their support you will find it difficult to get the strength to quit.

You also need the help of a doctor. But be careful what type of treatment they prescribe. For instance, it’s not uncommon for a heroin detox to include taking low amounts of methadone. This has been proven to become just as addictive. After some time you may find yourself needing an effective methadone detox clinic. You will be replacing one addiction with another and you don’t want that.

Step 4: Recovery

Your last step is recovery. The hardest part of this is not falling into the same traps you did before. But as long as you are honest with yourself and the people around you, you won’t. You’ll be able to live a happier life without the problems that come from being an addict.

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