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Recovery From Addiction
You can recover from addiction. Take a look at the approaches others have used to take control of their addictions and move on.
The first step in seeking help for addiction is to admit you have a problem and need help. Think about what you need and reach out.
Addiction requires treatment on all levels: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. Get holistic support where possible.
With therapeutic support, acknowledge any fears you may have. Often our addictions are kept alive by our fears.
If you care about someone struggling with addiction, you can (and should) get support as well. Check out groups in your area.
Change your story of addiction into one of recovery. Let yourself believe that change is possible.
Addiction is often rooted in trauma; sometimes emotions get stuck in the body. Try yoga to help release these feelings.
Talk about your challenges with people you trust. They can support you and help you on the path to recovery.
Negative thinking can slow down your recovery. Tackle negative thoughts with a positive attitude or cognitive behavioural therapy.
Don’t just treat addiction symptoms. Get help for underlying trauma and other root causes so you don't relapse.
Remove negative and harmful people from your life. Surround yourself with people who care about you and want to see you get better.
The food you eat affects your energy levels, mood, thinking, actions, and more. Try to eat foods high in nutrients.
Don’t forget about behaviours that are addictive-- get help with gambling, sex, people, food, and technology as well.
Reflect on your routines and see how the changes you’ve made make you feel. Make adjustments as needed.
Sleep is very important when in recovery. Read up about getting better sleep.
Caffeine keeps you awake, but it doesn't help you catch up on lost sleep. Take a break from caffeine and see how you feel.
Connect with your breath through meditation techniques. Use meditation to ground you when struggling with a craving.
Take your recovery one day at a time. Don’t worry about three months from now. Just focus on today.
Don't test yourself. If something has triggered you in the past, keep away. Old patterns are easy to fall into.
Addiction can be a way to escape from pain, insecurity or sadness. Practice processing discomfort in more healthy ways.
Make a list of all the reasons you want freedom from your addiction. Keep it on hand for when you need a reminder.
Accept the days where nothing changes. No change means you're not getting worse. Tomorrow is another day.
Search for an Anonymous program in your local area. Attend meetings and get a peer sponsor to support you.
A combination of treatments is best: detox, rehab, therapy, AA, 12-Steps, support groups, yoga and meditation are all popular.
Commit to healing through a program, but feel free to modify the steps to suit your personal beliefs and needs.
If possible, attend an inpatient addiction treatment centre. They provide a safe space and care to help you recover.
Peer support is invaluable. Surround yourself with others who are healthy, happy and working at recovery.
Relapse is not a failure. It's just a setback; an opportunity to learn and return to recovery. Keep at it for as long as it takes.
Recovery doesn’t have a time limit. Whether you need a year or 12 to end addiction, don’t lose hope. Keep at it.
Find healthy distractions for when things get hard. Keep your hands and mind busy until your urges pass.
These tips were originally posted on our Twitter account under the hashtag #mymTips with a different topic each month. Follow us on Twitter to see a new tip each day, or visit the Wellness Section to see more tips.