When we are using drugs for a continued amount of time you may not notice right away but we change. Not just in our body but chemically in our mind. We do and say things that we would never normally. Our dependency on the narcotic will influence priorities of our relationships, the value of our property, and even the value of others property. The closest persons can receive the brunt of our wrath and this often means our significant other.
When an addiction begins to affect the relationship between two people it is essential that addiction counseling and treatment is taken immediately if the relationship is to be salvaged.
But, don’t despair! If you are currently oppressed with an addition that could cost you the love of your life, it’s hero time! The following article will show you three important actions you can take to fight for yourself and your relationship.
The Rudiments of Overcoming Drug Addiction
When you are in the midst of an oppressive addiction the notion of sobriety can seem a long way off and your efforts so futile. But, the first step is always the hardest and the goal is never as far as you think. Just take baby steps and get laser focused on your steps with the long-term goal in mind.
The important thing to do will be to plan your success by increasing your mental strength as well as the tools available to you during this bleak moment. Don’t ever think you are a lost cause or you can’t do it this time, even if you have tried many times before. Remember that the road to complete delivery from addiction is going to be filled with setbacks, hurdles and difficulty. But, if you know what to expect, you can take some solutions with you.
Following are three gutsy moves to take a stand for yourself and your relationship if you feel an addiction may be ruining all the fun.
1. Explore Treatment Options
Admitting to yourself that you need help with an addiction is a major milestone on your way to recovery. This is a way of consolidating the need for change and moving passed this to the point where you will find a good option for treatment.
When you are looking for treatment keep in mind that not every treatment works for every individual. It will be important for you to choose an option that fits you well and meets your specific needs. This can be location, what they specialize in, etc. Recovery is physical, emotional and mental. Try to find where you need help the most, and match it with a treatment center.
An inner searching question you can ask yourself is: “Is there a deeper issue here that brings my back to my addiction?” Many times when we are in the thick of an addiction experience we can’t answer this question because it is the substance itself that drives us to abuse the substance. However if you were to take a break and don’t need it chemically what drove you to it in the first place? Was it loneliness, depression, lack of companionship? Or was it thrill seeking or adrenalin. Find your substance substitute and put it into practice as you’re in treatment.
In addition to proper health care, you should also look for a treatment program that addresses all aspects of your healing process and the underlying reasons for the addiction as well.
2. Reach out for support
While you certainly don’t want to make others responsible for your recovery, you will not want to attempt this without the care and support of friends, family and even your significant other. The more people you have with you on your path the more likely you will reach your goals and kick the bad habit.
You could even consider moving into a sober living home. Here, surrounded by likeminded individuals, you will have a chance to focus on the addiction you are trying to break and have the support of many others close at hand if you feel weak.
3. Learn healthy ways to cope with stress and anxiety
Your path to may be beset by stress, anxiety, pain and frustration. If you learn to find healthy ways to cope with these “slings and arrows” that are a reality common to all, you will give yourself an upper hand in beating your addiction for good.
Studies have shown that the main elements for long-term happiness come from faith, family, purpose. Study these yourself for life long success. Don’t just find temporary happy distractions that will help when you “will tank” is low but something you have in life to say YES to when temptation comes your way.
Use these three steps in tandem. Remember that we are limited on our will power. Many things in life are urgent but not all are important. Focus on all levels of improvement but laser focus on the most important one at a time.