Coping With Addiction

A substance addiction is something that often consumes a person’s life. An addict has difficulty controlling the amount of drugs they use and the duration. They also continue to use despite the negative consequences, which is hard for most people to understand. A non-functioning addict, which is the final stage of addiction, must use everyday. He has also lost his job and maybe his home. A functioning addict can maintain a job and relationships but their quality of life suffers because of the addiction. Most addicts need help to stop using and a strong support system to aid in the recovery process. There are some coping skills and other tips to help the recovering addict succeed.

Addiction is a disease like any other. When faced with a disease such as diabetes or cancer, your goal is to learn to cope and overcome the disease. You should not look at addiction as a character flaw, but as a disease to be overcome. Being an addict does not make you a failure and it is not a sign of weakness.

Because many addicts suffer from underlying depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder, it is important to also treat these issues. The first step to any recovery is not simply to stop using, but to begin a new life in which it is easier not to use. For example, you will need to learn how to manage your emotions without drugs and you will need to remove all of the temptations to use such as friends who are still drug users or drinkers. Some of the emotions that can trigger the desire to use are anger and loneliness. Hunger and tiredness can also trigger the urge to use. You should avoid people, places, and things that remind you of using. You should be aware of the situations that are of high risk to you and either avoid them or be prepared to face them.

Another tool that will aid in your recovery is the ability to relax and take life as it comes. Try not to get anxious over the little things. The most common cause of relapse is the inability to ease tension and relax. Some ways to ease tension include going for a walk, meditation, read a book, yoga, or play ball. Releasing energy and decluttering your mind will reduce stress levels.

Honesty is another skill you will need. An addict gets used to lying to cover up his drug or alcohol use. You must be completely honest with yourself and with the people in your life, especially about your addiction. In the beginning, honesty will take effort. You may find yourself lying about something without even realizing it, and will have to restate what you were saying in a truthful way. But the more you practice honesty the easier it will become.

It is good to have a support system, whether it be family, friends, or a support group. You need people to hold you accountable, encourage you, support you in the process, and be understanding rather than judgmental. With the right recovery path, you can succeed. Remember that relaxation and honesty are key, along with commitment and self-preservation.

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