Tips For Overcoming Substance Abuse

If you are finally ready to tackle your problem with substance abuse, then you are going to want to take a moment to review the following tips. This way, you will be giving yourself the best chance at success. 

Take It One Day At A Time

If you start to focus on getting through this whole month, the rest of the year, or the next ten years, there is a good chance you could start to feel overwhelmed. It might start to seem like a lot of pressure to you and you may begin to have fears that you will not be able to accomplish sobriety for that long. Instead of focusing on the long-term goal, focus on the short term goal of staying clean today. Do what you need to do to stay clean for today and then when tomorrow comes, you will do the same thing. Focusing on smaller goals will allow you to stay more relaxed and feel more in control and then before you know it, years will have passed and you will still be clean and sober.

Do Not Go Back To Your Old Environment

Whether you spent five days detoxing on your own at home or you were just released from an intense 30-day rehab facility, you need to change your environment. You cannot hang out with the same friends that you had when you were using drugs or alcohol. You cannot hang out at the same locations. In fact, you might want to start shopping at a different mall if you believe that there is a chance of running into people who are a bad influence for you. Many people find it easier to move to a new town in order to give themselves a fresh start. After all, the last thing you want to do is to stay in the same environment that you were in when you were still using the substances you are addicted to and then accidentally allow that familiarity to pull you back into the bad habits that you just got free from. 

Participate In A Support Group

Depending on your addiction, you might want to join AA, or alcoholics anonymous, or NA, which is narcotics anonymous. Some people have a problem with both and will attend both support groups. There are also plenty of support groups ran by churches and mental health organizations. Simply find a group that works for you and then attend the meetings and truly participate in them so that you will get them most out of your time.

With those few tips in mind, you should be aided in overcoming your substance abuse. Contact a local provider, such as Headwaters Counseling, for further assistance.