When an addict decides that he or she doesn’t want to use drugs or other substances anymore, that’s the first step on the road to recovery. However, it is only the first step of the proverbial thousand mile journey. In order for an addict to really kick the habit, he or she is going to have to go through the rest of the list, which includes things like;
The Five Steps:
1. Decide to Change
2. Check Out Every Possible Treatment Option
3. Establish a Support Network
4. Find Alternative Methods For Dealing With Your Stress
5. Constantly Watch Your Cravings
On the surface this looks easy and straightforward. However, if quitting drugs and substance abuse was easy, then there would be no need for the medical professionals as well as all of the therapists dedicated to helping sufferers finally kick the habit.
The personal desire of any drug addict to stop using is perhaps one of the most important parts of the whole addiction recovery process. While addicts can be mandated by the court to stop using, those who really want to quit are much more likely to succeed in the long run.
Step Two: Treatment Options
There are half a dozen treatment options on the market for substance abusers. In order to get the best possible results, an addict has to find the method that works for him or her. That isn’t always the cheapest, most convenient or even the first method that the addict tries either. It’s important that he or she doesn’t lose heart and keeps trying until all options have been exhausted.
The amount of support that an addict gets, emotionally, physically, etc. can be an extremely important factor in how well he or she can beat the addiction. If the addict can’t afford to go to the best clinic for instance, support of other people can help make that happen.
When the addict is feeling stressed or run down, emotional support can help keep them going. No one beats addiction all on their own; the support networks addicts have helps them get past their condition.
Step Four: Dealing With Stress
Stress is one of the primary reasons that addicts indulge in drug use. Drugs, despite all of the negative effects they can have on someone, do reduce stress. So addicts have to find alternative methods of coping with the things that happen in their lives. Therapy, time and repeated efforts, as well as staying away from the people and things that might provoke further drug use, are all good steps to take at this point.
Step Five: Managing Cravings
No one really stops being an addict; they’re just addicts that don’t partake any more. As such they have to be aware that certain people and certain situations will bring back stronger cravings. Addicts, even recovered ones, have to always be ready to manage that kind of pressure and desire, since it can come from nowhere.