Build A Support System
Many addicts think that they can kick their habit without the help of others. Many times this can be true but in the majority of cases addicts generally need to have a solid support system to overcome their addiction. A person’s support system can be comprised of friends, family, drug rehab, and even a person who has been met in counseling that will hold the addict responsible. Many times a former addict mentors a person in their quest to become sober and this person is called a sponsor. Support systems are great for the addict when cravings hit as many people can just make a call to someone in their support circle. Overcoming an addiction is hard enough, doing it alone is less successful because even the strongest addicts need a support system.
Know Your Triggers
Knowing triggers that lead to cravings for your addiction is extremely important. Avoiding situations that make an addict want to use again is wise until the person’s addiction is under control. This could be avoiding certain social situations or even certain people who make addicts want to use. Having others know your triggers can also be a positive thing as they can see when a craving has hit because of a certain situation. Once you have identified a large portion of your triggers, you can change your life in a way that avoids these triggers or deal with them more constructively.
Exercise is one of the best things an addict can do for a couple of reasons. This not only helps in the detox process but it has a healing impact as well. Many times people have the release of endorphins which can induce positive feelings and a sort of a “runner’s high” which can be a great substitute for a drug high. Exercise also helps distract an addict while getting healthy at the same time. Exercise can be an addiction as well so recognizing if you are replacing one addiction for another is also very important.
Keep A Journal
Writing things down is a great way to hold yourself accountable among other things. Writing feelings down when having a craving is a great outlet but it can also be looked at in times of extreme cravings. This will help you deal with your feelings as well as many find writing as a great outlet. Writing can also serve as a good distraction in times of cravings if the addict finds writing to be an emotional help. Even if keeping a journal does not have a large impact on the addict, keeping this journal is important. The journal can be looked at when relapse is a possibility and can be shown to other addicts in the times when they are having a hard time staying sober.
Overcoming an addiction is a lot of hard work and it is a job that never ends. Once a person is an addict then they have to realize that they will be an addict for life. Staying sober or avoiding your addiction cravings is a daily fight that can be won with the correct support system and strategy. Loved ones can be the biggest supporters of an addict and if a craving hits, they will be there to help in your battle against addiction.
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