Whenever we talk of addiction, our minds usually take as on the issue of alcohol and drugs. well, the fact is, these are not the only things that people can become addicted to.
In fact, many people are addicted to certain things that they do not know are part o their addiction.
This article is however aimed at giving you few tips to overcome drug and alcohol addiction. Our next one will educate you on certain lifestyles that can become an addiction without you knowing.
1.Tell your friends about your decision to stop using drugs. True friends will respect your decision. This might mean that you need to find a new group of friends who will be 100% supportive. Unless everyone decides to kick their drug habit at once, you probably won’t be able to hang out with the friends you did drugs with.
2.Ask your friends or family to be available when you need them. You might need to call someone in the middle of the night just to talk. If you’re going through a tough time, don’t try to handle things on your own — accept the help your family and friends offer.
3.Accept invitations only to events that you know won’t involve drugs or alcohol. Going to the movies is probably safe, but you may want to skip a Friday night party until you’re feeling more secure. Plan activities that don’t involve drugs. Go to the movies, try bowling, or take an art class with a friend.
4.Have a plan about what you’ll do if you find yourself in a place with drugs or alcohol. The temptation will be there sometimes. If you know how you’re going to handle it, you’ll be OK. Establish a plan with your parents, siblings, or other supportive friends and adults so that if you call home using a code, they’ll know that your call is a signal you need a ride out of there.
5.Remind yourself that having an addiction doesn’t make a person bad or weak. If you fall back into old patterns (backslide) a bit, talk to an adult as soon as possible. There’s nothing to be ashamed about, but it’s important to get help soon so that all of the hard work you put into your recovery is not lost.