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Tips for an Effective Recovery from Drug Addiction

Posted on :  April 13th, 2014  |  By :  towardsrecovery

Recovering from drug addiction is not simply a matter of establishing an isolated change within your lifestyle; it requires a full-scale lifestyle overhaul.

This can often feel like an insurmountable obstacle in and of itself, which is why it’s so important to divide it up into individual, bite-sized changes that can be implemented one by one.

Here are few of those changes you can make to aid your effective recovery from drug addiction.

You Don’t Have To Do It Alone

As a recovering drug addict who, in some way, recognizes the need for change, you may at first feel very alone.

There are numerous reasons for this, among them shame, fear, denial, and myriad others, but asking for help is one of the most effective means of guaranteeing a successful recovery.

Speak to family, friends, or seek help from professionals. Drug rehab is a journey you needn’t travel alone.

You Must Be Committed To the Addiction Treatment Program

Recognize that recovery cannot be fixed by committing to only one aspect of addiction treatment program.

It can be tempting to view drug addiction in one of two ways – either as a physical dependency or as a psychological reliance.

In fact, drug addiction is a complicated beast, and comprises large elements of both. Both detox programs and the counselling that comes with addiction treatment programs form vital facilitators in the recovery process.

Both are necessary, and are designed to complement one another.

Be Part of the Community

Group therapies, or any other opportunity for connecting with others going through similar struggles should be made the most of.

Not only will it target the isolation you are likely to feel from time to time, it can also provoke genuine inspiration and help you realise that other people are recovering from drug addiction too.

Don’t Let Relapse Be the Be All And End All

Relapse is not unusual for those recovering from drug addiction. Don’t be too hard on yourself – remember that you’re changing your life, which is no mean feat.

It doesn’t make you a failure if you slip back into old habits. Instead, get back into recovery mode, and move on.

Don’t Self-sabotage

It isn’t uncommon to experience feelings of defiance about your own recovery. Don’t let these feelings be any more than they are: feelings.

Trust and listen to your counsellors, and don’t indulge the rebellion.

If you’d like to get started, and live in Toronto or around Hamilton, St. Catharines, or Brantford, Ontario, contact us at

Or you can call us on 905-527-2042 to locate your nearest clinic and kick start your program.

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Who We Serve ?

  • 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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