Of all the addictions there are, a drug addiction is by far the worst. That’s because breaking free of the drugs that control your life will be one of the hardest things that you’ll ever have to do. The chances are that when you first started using drugs, you said it was a one off, or it was a way to relax. But since then, you’ve been bitten by the drug's bug and have become addicted.
The good news is that all is not lost, you can get your life back on track. However, what you need to understand is that it won’t be easy. It’ll be worth it, but it will be a challenge. To help get you back on the right track, we’ve put together this guide to breaking the cycle of addiction. This outlines all the best methods of getting clean once and for all.
The first and hardest step to take is seeking help. This can be seeing your doctor or making an appointment to speak to a drug’s addiction counselor. It’s your journey which means you have to go about it in your own way. There will be a form of help that works for you; it’s just about finding it. Ask your doctor to explain the options to you so that you understand what is going to happen.
Get clean of drugs
Once you’ve made your choice to get help, the next step is to get clean. This can take a few days or a few weeks, it all depends on how bad your addiction is. To help your withdrawal symptoms, you may be offered methadone or another prescription drug. Whether you choose to use it or not, is up to you. Getting yourself off of the drugs won’t be easy, but it’s more than worth the effort that it will be.
Learn to live normally again
Once you have completed your rehabilitation program, the next step is to learn to live normally again. This can be incredibly difficult, as while you were undergoing rehab you were in a safe, secure, drug-free space. Now, however, you will be back in an area that’s surrounded by temptation. Some people find that going into sober homes, a special unit where you’ll live with other ex-addicts for a few weeks can help. You have access to temptation, but you’re surrounded by support, which makes adapting back to normal life again, much easier.
Look towards the future
The last step of your recovery is looking towards the future. Of course, you’ll still have bad days where all you want to do is get high, but you’ll have a future to look forward to. Make a list of all the things that you want to do in the next five years, and use that as your motivation to stay on track. Whenever you’re feeling tempted, use your list of goals to stop yourself.
Getting clean once and for all is a big achievement. It won’t be easy and will take lots of time and effort, but if you take the above tips on board, you’ll get there.