Recovering from drug addiction is a long, strenuous process. But if you put in the effort and stick to the suggestions of your therapist, you should be able to get rid of your addiction. And this alone will give you a chance at living a normal, happy life. Below, we will look at seven things to keep in mind when you are recovering from drugs.
- Create A Daily Schedule
The first thing you should do is to create a daily schedule of all your activities that will keep you physically and mentally occupied all through the day. One of the biggest challenges you will face during recovery is the tendency to crave drugs. And this usually happens when you have lots of free time that your mind wanders towards the use of drugs or other such substances. But by having a fixed schedule to follow, your mind will always be engrossed in various things like cooking, work, laundry, reading, watching TV, and so on. As such, chances of thinking about drugs will often be very low.
- Attend All Meetings With Your Therapist
During recovery, you will be expected to meet your therapist for regular sessions. Be sure to never skip it. These sessions are structured to help you root out the negative beliefs in your mind that drive you to drugs. As such, if you skip the sessions, then you are still at risk of returning to drugs since the negative beliefs have not been dealt with. It still remains in your mind and can drag you towards drug addiction once again.
- Get A Sponsor
It is also a good idea to find a sponsor for yourself, especially if you are participating in a 12-step program. They will be the one who will keep you motivated during the entire program so that you can complete it successfully. And when you face any crisis during recovery, say an intense desire to use drugs, talking with them can help you overcome such urges and keep yourself in check. Make sure that the sponsor is someone you can completely trust.
- Set Goals
Decide on a goal and set your mind to it. This will give you something to strive for you in your life. Many drug users often have no purpose in their lives. And it is this lack of purpose that leads them to constant drug use in the first place. By aligning your mind to a goal, you are more likely to avoid drugs. Make sure that the goal is something that you are truly passionate about. This will give you the mental strength to overcome the cravings for drugs. For example, if you are interested in playing piano, then sign up for some piano classes and fully involve yourself into it with the goal of performing at the regional music center by next year. By focusing on this goal, you will be able to avoid the temptation of drugs to a good extent.
- Never Compare Yourself With Another Person
Never ever compare yourself with anyone else. During work, you might meet someone who is supremely talented and capable than you. And this can make you depressed and force you to get into drugs. Understand that people have different talents and abilities. Be comfortable with who you are, and you will never feel bad about yourself just because you came across someone who is better than you. Plus, if you live with someone who is addicted to drugs, then it is equally important that you never compare them with anyone else since this can trigger them back into drug addiction. And if your loved one needs rehab again, then you will have no choice but to admit them one more into a rehabilitation center.
- Cut Out Toxic Relationships
Toxic relationships are those that make you feel sad, depressed, angry, tensed, and all other sorts of negative emotions. In contrast, good relationships make you feel happy and fill you with love. If you have any toxic relationship, whether it be with a parent, co-worker, friend, lover, or anyone else, make sure that you cut off that relationship. The more you are involved with them, the more they will make you feel depressed and anxious, which can eventually trigger a relapse.
- Volunteer For A Good Cause
Finally, volunteer yourself for any good cause. Maybe a local charity is seeking volunteers for teaching poor children. Sign up and provide your service during the free time. Being involved in a good cause will boost your self-esteem and make you feel good about yourselves. And this confidence in your own goodness can help you greatly during the recovery process, by keeping you away from drugs and giving you hope for the future.