When you’re fighting alcohol or drug addiction, it can feel like almost everything is stacked against you. The challenges you face in recovery can certainly be overwhelming, so it’s important to remember that struggles can also be turned into strengths!
So, what can you do to fight addiction? Here are some strategies so you can finally put it behind you for good:
Use Your Guilt for Good
One of the biggest challenges in fighting addiction is overcoming the guilt of it all. After all, you’re probably struggling with a lot of shame and self-loathing. Remind yourself that your guilt can also be turned into a strength, and use it as motivation to stay clean and make amends for your past mistakes.
Set Up A Coping Strategy
Drug or alcohol abuse is often a coping mechanism, or a way to deal with difficult emotions and stressful situations. It’s important to have a healthier strategy lined up (i.e. exercise, journaling, hobbies, therapy) to take its place before you start on a path to recovery. That way, the stress of a major life change doesn’t send you back to where you came from.
Calm Your Withdrawals
Physical and psychological withdrawals are undeniably some of the most difficult parts of quitting. Although they are something you must face, there are many helpful supplements, medications, and meditation techniques that can smooth out the process. Focus on taking care of yourself and don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Weaken Your Justifications With a Wider View
If you tend to justify your use of alcohol or drugs when you’re wrapped up in the moment, take a step back and look at the bigger picture. That way, it will be easier to see how it is truly affecting your life, weakening your justifications and strengthening your resolve to stay sober.
No, “Jesus drank wine” is not a good excuse. What is your addiction doing to those around you? Uncovering and challenging thinking errors such as glorification, rationalization, minimization, and denial can reduce the power they hold over you and your addiction.
Start Your Recovery Journey With a Scholarship
If you are concerned that going through treatment will put you or your family in financial turmoil, listen up. The Solida Foundation offers funding for those who are suffering from addiction and lack the resources to support their recovery. This can take a lot of pressure off your shoulders, so you can focus on a better life ahead.
Putting your addiction in the past is possible, but it takes time and effort. Use these strategies and reach out for support to smooth out the path ahead, and you will be in greener pastures before you know it. Be patient and encouraging with yourself every step of the way—and remember that you’re well worth the effort!
If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, don’t hesitate to reach out for help. There are many resources available to get you on the path to recovery. With the right tools and support, you can overcome anything that comes your way.