If you’re dealing with an addiction, you’re not alone. Many other people struggle with the same problem that you do. Beyond that, you have people all around you willing to help. If you’ve kept your addiction a secret, now is the time to move forward towards recovery. If you haven’t yet tried to quit, consider some of the following methods. You may struggle with an alcohol addiction, a smoking addiction, or a drug addiction. Each one is often life threatening in diverse ways, and each one often takes control of your life. Break free from a substance’s control and consider the following methods of dealing with an addiction.
Tackling It Alone
If your addiction is mild, and you feel like you have a handle on it, try tackling it alone. Often, a mild addiction is a moderate smoking habit, or more-than-moderate alcohol consumption. When a habit is mild, you may feel that your habit doesn’t have too much control over your life. If that’s true, you could tackle the addiction alone–but watch out for denial, and the avoidance of coming clean. You could try to conquer your smoking habit with a vape and cheap ejuice instead, or commit to limiting your drinks per month. Watch yourself and see if this method is working. Often, you must have a support community, even for a mild addiction, to beat it for good.
Tackling It with Friends
If your addiction is mild, but you haven’t been able to tackle it alone, it’s time to rely on your friends. Confess your addiction to a few core people. They may have noticed the addiction already; they may not have. Either way, they’ll be there for you as you continue your journey. Have a few friends to text or call next time you’re feeling a craving. If you decided to limit yourself to three drinks a month, have a friend watching out for you, making sure you stick to that goal. If you have an accountability group, you have a much better chance of tackling your addiction.
Tackling It with Professionals
There is no shame in asking for help with an addiction. If your addiction is serious, or if you struggle with drug addiction in any form, you’ll need the help of professionals to break free. Entering drug rehab might sound frightening or even shameful, but many find it to be a new lease on life, and one of the best things that ever happened to them. Many people who struggle with an addiction can’t break free until they enter rehab, so don’t be ashamed if you need to see a therapist, join a recovery group, or spend some time at a rehab center. Reach out to a private therapist, or join a larger group like alcoholics anonymous to get help. Whatever method you use, the help of professional could be just what you need to start living a better future.