Thursday, May 30, 2019

Three Ways to Defeat Your Addiction

The moment you are able to recognize that you have a problem with addiction is the moment that you will begin to turn your life around. Recovery is an ongoing process that needs to be taken care of and nurtured for your whole life, but this doesn’t mean it has to be a difficult task.

This helpful guide is going to give you the three things you can do to ensure that your recovery from addiction can be long-lasting and help you to regain control over your life. As it is often said, life is too short, so it is so important that you make the most of it while you can and defeat your addiction as soon as possible.

Start strong

When you first decide you need to get sober, you will be in a very vulnerable place and need the help of professionals if you want to get through. Talking to the professionals at Forward Recovery will give you a good insight into the kind of support that can be offered to you during this difficult time when you first give up the addictive substance. They will be able to offer you expert medical advice and treatment, as well as help to emotionally support you and better understand what causes you to want to use. All of this treatment at the beginning will make your chances of relapsing plummet.

Look after your mind

Addiction isn’t just about the effect on your body, and you need to know how to take care of your mental health if you want to defeat your addiction for good. This can simply mean introducing some little changes to your everyday routine to keep yourself levelheaded. For example:

·         Healthy work to life balance to limit your stress levels.

·         Spend time away from social media at least once a day.

·         Try to exercise every day or at least always get out of the house once a day and into the fresh air.

·         Keep in contact with friends and family and try to organize social events to spend time together.

·         Start writing a wellness journal to help you to process your emotions.

Fill the time with other activities

One of the biggest issues addicts find when they are first sober is that they don’t know how to fill the time and this idleness can lead them to want to use again. To combat the boredom, you may well feel when you first get clean, that you need to find some new and productive ways to spend your free time.

Try to make yourself a schedule for every day of the week so that you always have something to do to occupy your mind. You could clean the bathroom on Monday, go to a dance class on Tuesday, and meet up for a coffee with friends on a Wednesday. Making these simple plans every day will help you to resist relapse and stay away from the places and people who may want to make you use again.

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