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Management of Drug Abuse
Drug addiction is never easy to live with. While it usually starts out as simply dabbling with your friends, it can soon spiral out of control and cause irreparable damage to yourself and to your family.The good news is that if you are reading this article, then you have already made the most important step: recognizing your addiction.
Make a ListWrite down the harmful effects of your addiction. What is it that is affected most by your habit? Some of the most common areas of people’s lives that are damaged by addiction include physical and mental health, money, and personal relationships.Next, make a list of improvements you want to see happen in your life. What could you do with your time if you’re not spending needless hours searching for or doing drugs? How will you feel about yourself when you finally overcome your addiction?
Develop Healthy HabitsNow that you know what you’re fighting for, you need tools to help combat this addiction. You will never break addiction but you can replace it with a healthy habit. Exercise can be an important component in this struggle and if you do it regularly, you will find that it too will be habit forming but instead of destroying your life, it will improve it.
Identify TriggersEverybody has certain triggers that motivate them to abuse narcotics. Think about all of the times that you use. What are the people or circumstances that cause you get high? Some common causes are:
- Stress. When people are under pressure, it can take its toll on them emotionally. This may drive some to escape with drugs.
- Social Situations. Parties or gatherings where drug use in common can make it easy to give in, especially if your friends are pressuring you to engage in harmful activities.
- People. Many people in your life encourage drug use regardless of the damage it causes. It can be a way for them to feel better about themselves, but they ignore how it affects you personally.