For many people, keeping new year’s resolutions is difficult. And if they fail at them, it’s usually not a big deal. But if you’re an addict, failure can really be fatal if you’re never breaking free of your drug addiction. The new year is here, and now is the time to try again at breaking free of your drug addiction so you can live a better life, We promise that you can beat your drug addiction if you really want to, but you’re going to need more than just sheer willpower. Here are five steps to breaking free of your drug addiction in the new year.
Step 1: Decide to truly make the change
This is the hardest part of breaking free of your drug addiction: the first step. But like Abraham Lincoln said, once you’ve convinced yourself that it’s possible to beat your addiction, then can you start to find the how. Do these two things to show your resolve for beating your addiction:
- Throw away all your drugs – It does not matter how many detox programs you go through or how many 12-step programs you join, you will always go back to old habits if you leave a way open to go back. Burn your bridges now.
- Write down your reasons for getting drug free- Remember, getting drug free isn’t your ultimate goal. it’s a means to an end. Write down the reasons you’re quitting. Reasons such as for your health, God, your partner, your kids, or your career. Whenever quitting gets tough, read your reasons for quitting to keep yourself motivated.
Step 2: Create a positive support group
Surround yourself with friends and family that want you to get drug free. They will help you take the next steps in your recovery and will encourage you to succeed when recovery is hard. The flip side of this is avoiding friends and family who have the same problem as you and are not supportive of you quitting.
Step 3: Enroll in a detox program
A detoxification program helps you medically deal with your nasty withdrawal symptoms. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), “Research shows that combining addiction treatment medications with behavioral therapy is the best way to ensure success for most patients.”
Step 4: Enter into a drug rehab facility
Drug rehab facilities help make you a stronger person emotionally and mentally. They help you learn how to recognize and avoid whatever caused you to turn to drugs in the first place. Drug rehab centers offer a variety of behavioral therapy solutions including:
- Support group meetings
- Family therapy
- Art classes
- Individual therapy
- Group counseling
Step 5: Avoid relapse triggers
After going through detox and rehab, you need to keep yourself drug free by avoiding relapse triggers. Everyone has personal relapse triggers that drive them back to drugs, but some common ones include:
- Extreme emotional life changes
- Not taking medications prescribed by your doctor
- Being around others who still do drugs (especially people you’re close to)
If you do happen to relapse, don’t beat yourself up over it. Just learn from it. Here is a simple 5-step action plan in case you do relapse.
You make the call
Only you can decide if you really want to be drug free. But once really want to quit, you don’t have to go at it alone. Not only do you have your friends and family for support, but we’re here for you as well.
Breaking Free of Your Drug Addiction with Gallus Detox Centers
If your new year’s resolution is to finally be drug free, then start your journey to recovery today and contact Gallus Detox for help. Our proven effective addiction detox programs include:
“Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way.” -Abraham Lincoln on overcoming addiction