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Freeing Yourself From Addiction

Editor Dan Schimmel, LCSW, CAP
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Years of drug or alcohol use has taken quite a toll on your life. Your friends and family feel the affects as well, your addiction is bringing them down with you. If you are ready to commit yourself to your recovery, freeing yourself from addiction you, have many resources before you to help make that possible.

Finding Help

When you have taken the first step in recovery by admitting you have a problem, it is important to find the help you need immediately. Addiction is a tricky disease that can pull you back in quickly, getting the help and support you need will help you to fight back and put a stop to your addiction.

Turning to Friends and Family for Support

When you are addicted to drugs or alcohol, it can be extremely to quit on your own. By turning to your friends and family about your addiction, you will be able to find out who will be there to support you throughout your recovery. It is really important to have your friends and family there for you, this is going to be one of the most difficult points in your life. Even after you make it through the initial stage of withdrawal, and treatment, you will need them to be your support system to help prevent relapse.

Join a Support Group

Support groups such as AA and NA are filled with people, like yourself, living in recovery. They have made it through their addiction, working to maintain their sobriety and help others in their recovery. It is good to have people to talk to who have been in a similar situation to yours. By talking to others in the support group, you will not have to sugar coat your situation, you will be able to speak truthfully without judgement or worrying about hurting your friends or family members feelings. Support Groups offer you access to resources you might not otherwise know about.

Support groups you may want to join:

  • Narcotics Anonymous
  • Alcoholics Anonymous
  • SMART Recovery
  • Online Support Systems

Connect With an Addictions Therapist

Look for a therapist who specializes in helping people overcome addictions, someone who has experience and a good track record working with patients. Therapists use their own approaches to treat addiction, this may include; cognitive behavioral therapy, behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and life skills training. It is important to work one-on-one with someone you trust and that you feel will be able to help you through this difficult time. Your therapist may also offer a group therapy program that allows you to speak freely amongst others suffering from addiction, as well as family therapy they will help you and your loved ones heal from the affects of your addiction.

Is Rehab Right for You?

Even with all the support in the world, for some, a rehab is the best option for them. So if you feel as if you can not go at it alone, you may want to consider a medically supervised detoxification program, a rehab stay, or a sober home to help you through the beginning stages of recovery.

You will experience a wide array of emotional, psychological and physical effects due to withdrawal, some can be painful and even dangerous. By turning to medical help in your recovery you will find the help you need to safely work through your addiction and begin focusing on living your life in recovery.

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