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.