Drug addiction is, by its very nature, incredibly hard to overcome. With an addiction to narcotics you will likely have changed the very chemical nature of your brain causing you to become physically dependent on them to achieve something approaching a normal state. Your body’s adaptation meanwhile will mean that you need greater and greater quantities to achieve the same high, and in their absence you will likely find yourself suffering from a range of unpleasant side effects such as shaking, headaches, cold sweats and more.
At the same time addiction prevents you from thinking properly as you make excuses for your actions and ego defense mechanisms try to protect you from the reality. As such it is hard to quit drugs because not only is it hard to make yourself aware of the problem existing, but because once you do you then have to deal with the powerful and debilitating withdrawal symptoms. As such overcoming a drug addiction is an involved process that involves specific stages and that relies on many factors. Here we will examine some of those stages.
Recognizing the problem: They say the first step to overcoming any addiction is recognizing your have a problem. Many of us engage in repetitively destructive behaviour and justify it as being a choice, or as something we can stop when we need to. It takes a certain amount of strength to stand back and recognize the reality, and to decide to do something about it.
Wanting to change: Once you know you have a problem you have to want to change. Again then this requires you to recognize the problem, and to look at it without making excuses or trying to lie to yourself to comfort yourself. Look at other people who have had the same addiction and how they have ended up, and look at what it is costing you in terms of your health and your finances and probably your relationships. Imagine that you are an outsider looking in on your life. What would you tell them in your circumstances?
Getting help: Many people avoid getting help because it means admitting to the problem, and it means admitting you can not do this on your own. The former is something you should already have done by now, but the latter is based on a misconception – admitting you need help is not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength. It demonstrates you recognize the situation and you still have enough of your mind and will power about you to do something about it. At the same time it is the only way to become stronger again.
Going for professional help: Getting help means telling your family and friends, but it also means speaking with professionals who can actually provide you with the tools and the facilities to help you detox your system.
Those are the steps necessary in order to be ready to quit and to be mentally ready to overcome your addiction. This is something only you can achieve and in many ways it is the hardest part. It takes incredible strength to take these steps, but they are absolutely crucial if you want to have any kind of happy and healthy life ahead of you. Following that you will then of course be subjected to a range of other steps – removing the drugs, and potentially ‘weaning’ you off if stopping cold turkey could be too dangerous, detoxing your system and helping you to mentally adjust to your new life. None of these stages however can begin until you have deal with those above.
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