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Addiction - Getting and Staying Clean
Addiction, whether it be to drugs, alcohol or another
substance is not safe. Not only will addiction ruin
your life with your family, it will also damage your
health and cause stress over your life that is just
not worth it. Getting help with addiction is the first
step to overcoming your addiction. Though some
are able to achieve sobriety on their own many
find greater success when they have a means of
support to help them get through the various
phases of early recovery.
There are several options out there when it comes
to dealing with your addiction. First off, your
addiction may not seem bad to you, but it is really
worse than you think it is. Think about it, the word
addiction itself generally has no positive meaning.
It will take a lot of will power to overcome your
addiction, so it is important that you are dedicated
before you begin your attempt to overcome your
addiction. There are several different methods
that you can use to get sober. There are many
programs and means of self help. However, the
best method is to wean yourself off your addiction
slowly if you can without going backwards, for
some though the cold turkey method is the best
and only options as addictive personalities find it
difficult to use their drug of choice moderately.
Quitting all at once will often lead to withdrawal
symptoms but with support and encouragement
as well as the desire to get sober you will be able
to overcome the discomfort caused by
withdrawal. When learning to get and stay sober
there are many options and tools available to
help you on this path!
While gently weaning yourself off your addiction
does work for some addicts, other addicts need
help to quit. There is never any shame in asking
for help. One of the best ways to get help is to
visit a professional rehabilitation center. These
centers will be able to help you with medical
needs, but more importantly the emotional side of
your addiction. Believe it or not, talking about
your addiction will help you. Going into a
treatment program does not mean that you will
have to go through the entire treatment.
However, if you want to kick your addiction to
alcohol, or any other drug for good, you can
expect anywhere from 30 days to six months of
treatment before you are cured. Alcohol is a
particularly addictive drug, and is extremely
accessible as long as you have a large enough
wallet and are above the legal age. Without help,
you may not have a chance of stopping your
addiction to alcohol.
Not all alcoholics will need a heavy duty program
such as alcohol treatment, yet they will not be
able to quit alcohol by themselves either. There is
a middle ground that many people use to treat
their addiction to alcohol. Alcoholics Anonymous
and many other similar organization can help you
get your life back on track. You will be able to talk
to other alcoholics about the problems that you
are encountering and get the support that you
need to kick your addiction to alcohol for good.
Alcoholics Anonymous does not take up months
of your time, just one hour out of one day of your
week. If you are uncomfortable at entertaining the
idea of attending meetings then the sober
resources online may be a good place to start.
There is an abundance of sober communities or
sober forums with individuals participating on
message boards while helping and supporting
those struggling with getting and staying sober.
The available sober resources available will also
provide you with information on all the various
addiction recovery programs available. Though
Alcoholics Anonymous is the most favored
program of recovery there are many other
programs which may be more tailored to your
personal needs, beliefs and still offer you the
tools to help you on your road to recovery.