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7 Helpful Tips for Drug Addiction Recovery

Posted on :  April 11th, 2014  |  By :  towardsrecovery

Recovering from drug addiction is no easy process, and many addicts find that seeking tried-and-tested tips can be a great way to keep themselves on the right path, so in that spirit, here are seven tips to keep you on track throughout your addiction treatment:

Tips #1 – Stick with counselling

Taking things one step at a time does not necessarily mean dropping aspects of your treatment when you feel as though they’ve done their magic in curing that area of your addictive behavior.

In fact, figures suggest that the longer you stick with all aspects of your treatment, the better your chances of beating addiction are.

This is especially true with counselling, which aims to provide you with tools that you can carry and make use of throughout the rest of your life.

Tips #2 – Be patient

Addiction treatment is a lengthy process, so treat it with the respect it deserves. There is no ‘ideal recovery time’; everyone is different, and it takes as long as it takes.

Remember this every time you feel frustrated.

Tips #3 – Take it one step at a time

Just as it is important to remain patient, it’s also important to divide your addiction treatment time into day-to-day chunks.

Think of every day as its own little goal, and your seemingly insurmountable destination will become a very manageable set of mini-destinations.

Tips #4 – Inform your family

It can be tempting to go addiction treatment alone, but as tempting as it is, it’s not necessary.

Tell your family and friends and you may find that doing so will open up a support network you never knew you had, or deserved.

Tips #5 – Replace old behaviors with new ones

Recovering from drug addiction is not a matter of changing one aspect of your life and otherwise dropping back into your old lifestyle with the addiction missing.

Rather, it is a process that requires and indeed, demands, the transformation of a substantial set of old behaviors.

It’s important to anticipate this, and provide yourself with new ones in order to take the place of old ones.

Tips #6 – Do things

When you’re transforming your life and the behaviors that used to plague it, sitting around doing nothing is like tempting those behaviors to return to you.

Start a new hobby and welcome the new into your life. It can help to participate in new activities with others.

Tips #7 – Giving up is not an option

As a recovering addict, it is important that you do not even entertain the possibility of giving up on your recovery – you owe it to yourself, and giving up should not even be an option available to you.

If you tell yourself this every day, soon enough, it will be the case.

If you’re ready to take the first step in changing your life for the better, and live in or around Hamilton, St. Catharines, or Brantford, Ontario, contact Towards Recovery on 905-527-2042 to locate your nearest clinic and kick start your journey.

Make sure you have an unexpired OHIP card or call 1-866-532-3161 to find out how to get one.


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  • Individuals using/abusing street narcotics (e.g. heroin).
  • Patients abusing prescription narcotics(i.e., Codeine, Talwin, Percocet/Percodan, Dilaudid, Morphine or Demerol, et cetera).
  • Individuals displaying any of the following behaviours: Compulsive drug use or drug seeking/craving.
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