In order to successfully beat your addiction it is important that you accept a number of important points and realize that by not accepting them you are making life harder for yourself. There really is more to it than just managing to stop taking drugs or alcohol because instead it is something that is going to alter your life forever.
First, you need to accept that addiction is actually a chronic illness and is not just a short term issue. The addict has got to a point where they cannot help but to take the drug of their choice and they need to be aware of the fact that it is always going to be like this and that certain triggers can result in them relapsing and starting to drink or use them again.
Next, you need to learn to be open and completely honest about your problems and also be honest about the reasons behind them even though this in itself could be difficult to do. Trying to make excuses just will not cut it at all as the first step is to face up to the fact that there is a problem and failure to do this will result in failure to overcome the problem even when you do go to rehab.
At some point you need to start to work on your own self-esteem because this is going to be extremely low and when this is the case there is a higher risk of you developing depression with this being a major trigger when it comes to people starting to use drugs and alcohol to forget their problems. This has to be done gradually and the drug rehab center is going to help with this through group therapy and also cognitive behavioral therapy, so by using them it should help you to start to feel better about yourself.
Finally, accept that there are certain situations and circumstances that are now bad for you and must be avoided at all costs. These situations will tend to be bad triggers that could send you backwards and back into this spiral of addiction and all of the issues that surround it. Accept that there are people that need to be avoided, places that you should not venture to again, memories to work through and to stop them causing you too much heartache, issues with people that are close to you to resolve, and ultimately to be true to yourself at all times.
As you can see there are several things that you need to start to accept before you can beat your addiction and stay off your drug of choice for the rest of your life. It is true that the biggest step at the start is acknowledging that you have a problem, but that really is just the start of it all as you will have a life time of battling issues unless you face up to facts that you need to work hard for the rest of your days to avoid becoming an addict once again.
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- Addiction, Enabling, and the Ballad of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford (info.mueller.edu)
- Are we a nation of workaholics? (telegraph.co.uk)
- Crisis-hit Greece sets up first “drug consumption” centre (reuters.com)