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How to Recover From Drug Addiction

Written by Seth Fletcher on January 8, 2015
Last update: February 9, 2023
People tend to be of the opinion that there’s no cure for drug addiction, and that once someone is an addict, they’ll forever be an addict. This way of thinking can actually be very off-putting for addicts, because if they can never recover, what’s the point of even trying? The truth is, many addicts can overcome their addiction and go on to live happy, fulfilling lives without ever going back to substance abuse.There’s a certain risk that comes with suggesting there’s a cure that can magically fix you, especially when those problems are as complex and often deep-rooted as drug addiction. There’s no magic bullet, but if you go on to say that no-one can ever recover from substance abuse, you’re looking at it all wrong.If you see drug addiction like any other chronic medical condition, such as cancer or diabetes, we can see that these things can be treated and kept under control. Just like a chronic disease, drug addiction can go into remission and be held there indefinitely.Many reputable drug and alcohol abuse treatment centers take care never to use the word ‘cure’, as they know it can be dangerously misleading. However, they also recognize that with the correct treatment and support, an addict can fully recover from their abuse problem and go on to live completely normal, drug-free lives.

How to Recover From Addiction

There are numerous ways you can try to overcome your addiction and beat it for good. These include going cold turkey, weaning yourself off drugs gradually, or seeking professional help and maybe even going to in-patient rehab. None of these are easy options, but as long as you stay motivated and get the support you need, you can overcome, if not ‘cure’, your addiction.

Step 1: Commit to Quit

Sometimes taking the first step and recognizing you have a problem is really the hardest part. Once you face up to your drug addiction, you can start to do something about it. Make the choice to quit and change your life for the better.

Step 2: Purge Yourself of Drugs

This could mean getting rid of all the drugs in the house, or if you think you have the control, gradually weaning yourself off them. Going cold turkey can be tough with unpleasant withdrawal symptoms, but it is effective.

Step 3: Inform Your Support Network

You need to tell trusted friends and family what you plan to do, in order to get the support and help you’re going to need. Don’t be ashamed, as you’re making a choice for the better, and they will respect you for being honest.

Step 4: Keep Busy and Stay Motivated

Just think about all the things you’ll be able to do once you’re clean. Distract yourself by taking part in social activities and hobbies.

Step 5: Therapy/counseling

See a therapist or attend group counseling sessions to expand your support. Many rehabs offer group therapy sessions.If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse, contact us today. We have the expertise required to help you stop using.
Certified Addiction Counsellor

Seth brings many years of professional experience working the front lines of addiction in both the government and privatized sectors.

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