How to Overcome Addiction and Improve Health

in Addiction
Olivia Pennelle
Published Jan 8, 2021
How to overcome addiction

Addiction impacts people in different ways. You might be struggling with isolation, using alone, losing weight due to poor eating habits, or perhaps starting to feel the strain of addiction on your body. The impact of addiction varies depending on how long you, or your loved one, has been using substances and the type of drug used. For example, meth and heroin use are more likely to have a detrimental effect to your health than cannabis.

Gallus’ Shares Tips on How to Overcome Addiction

The good news is, though, recovery is possible for everyone at any stage of addiction. You just have to take the first step. To help that process, we’ve listed our top ten tips on how to find recovery and bolster your wellness.

10 Ways on How to Overcome Addiction 

  1. Don’t be afraid to seek help. If you are struggling with addiction, don’t suffer alone. In some situations it can be risky to tackle addiction at home as there are risks associated with home detox. We recommend you speak to an addiction expert to take the right action that promotes your health, safety, and well-being. That might mean medical detox (you can read more about medical detox here and drugs requiring medical detox here).
  2. Seek community support. Having support of others in recovery is a great way to help you to overcome addiction. You can lean on friends for support, learn how they maintained recovery, and how they coped with difficult situations. 
  3. Manage your cravings. Urges or cravings to use are a part of early addiction and recovery. Sometimes they come out of nowhere or in response to a trigger. Know that they do subside over time. It’s healthful to find different ways to manage your cravings, such as distracting yourself, doing some exercise, talking to a friend, writing in a journal, speaking to a therapist, or seeking support from a loved one. 
  4. Learn to cope with stress. Stress is a major factor in using substances and a cause of returning to use. It’s best to avoid stressful situations, if possible. If you do find yourself feeling stressed, you can practice relaxation and stress-relieving techniques like meditation or exercise. 
  5. Create a relapse prevention plan. Once you have successfully detoxed, work on a relapse prevention plan aims to keep you focused on maintaining recovery and how to deal with triggers. You can read more about relapse prevention strategies here
  6. Manage physical pain. Pain can be a major trigger for using. Managing your pain is important to finding and sustaining recovery. Speak to your doctor about effective pain management that includes non-addictive pain relievers.
  7. Stay hydrated. It is common for people struggling with addiction to be dehydrated. Try to drink 6-8 glasses of water a day. If you don’t like the taste of water, try adding a squeeze of lemon or lime to your water. 
  8. Eat a balanced diet. Eat three balanced meals a day that include fruits and vegetables, a carbohydrate (think whole-grains over processed foods, like brown rice or whole wheat bread instead of pasta and white bread), and some protein like chicken, fish, beans, or tofu. You might also benefit from eating snacks like nuts and fruit instead of chips or candy. Try to limit the amount of sugary drinks and snacks you consume because these can lead to spikes and crashes in energy. 
  9. Move your body. Exercise is not only a great stress buster, it can also improve your overall physical and mental health. Start with just a ten minute walk and build up movement slowly. The goal is to make exercise attainable, so don’t try to run before you can walk! It’s also important to be mindful that if you are starting exercise after detox, you should do so under the supervision of your doctor and only when they advise you should do so. 
  10. Practice mindfulness meditation. Meditation is also a great way to relieve stress, help you focus on the present, and overcome urges to use. You don’t need to start big, either. A five minute meditation might be the most effective to start off.  Apps like Insight Timer, Headspace, and Calm are great ways to start meditating because they guide you through the process. You can also choose various different types and lengths of meditation on these apps.

We understand that change takes time and health is built incrementally. It’s important to be mindful of taking one step at a time and focusing on the important things first. If that is stopping using, then seek expert advice for that first. Then perhaps start eating nutritious foods to aid the healing process.

How to Overcome Addiction Can Be Challenging

If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction we are here to help. At Gallus Medical Detox Centers, we bring compassion to the commotion. Peace to the pain. Empowerment to the powerless. If you or someone you know needs support with addiction problems, bring us your battle. Call us today and take the best, first step towards recovery: 720-704-1432

*Please note that these tips do not constitute medical advice and you should always check with your medical provider before embarking on changes to your health and wellbeing.

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