Drug Addiction PreventionI am in recovery, but I am afraid of using again? This is a legitimate concern. It is good that you are aware of that possibility, because drug addiction cannot be cured. It can, however, be managed. Being aware that you are capable of relapse is the key to avoiding it.Even after your treatment program has ended, preventative measures are important for you. As a proponent of the 12-Step process, I believe that the steps serve to help us all cope with the human condition, as well as our addictions. If you agree with Steps 1, 2 and 3, you can establish a program for yourself that will help you deal with any urges to use; always a good step in drug addiction prevention. Here’s what I mean—you know you have been powerless over your addiction and your life got out of control. Even though you may be healthy now, it is possible for you to fall. Don’t beat yourself up. It’s good that you know this about yourself. You also know that you needed a power greater than yourself to get through your addiction, so it follows that your power is needed in recovery. Maintenance needs effort just as your initial fight to cut the hold of addiction. That power is a life-long friend. In the third step, you turned your will and your life over to the care of God (the power) as you understood him. The relationship that has been established is important for you, as you, like everyone else, will benefit from wise counsel and guidance.For many people, it takes a long time, perhaps several months, before they experience significant improvement from their treatment programs. You need to give yourself a break. You can participate in self-help groups, like AA, which are excellent sources of information and support. Who can better understand you than someone who has walked in your shoes? Counseling is also an option, and many treatment centers will offer appropriate levels of follow-up counseling for you. Your pastor, rabbi, or religious leader is also a good person to turn to for spiritual support. If you experience a mental health issue, other than your addiction, seek treatment. Disorders, such as depression, contribute to addiction, so if you have any symptoms of depression or any other disorder, do not be afraid to get help.Do not put yourself in jeopardy of relapse. You need to rebuild your life and form healthy relationships with people who do not use. One of the worst things you can do is go back to your old friends and hang out in the same places, because it puts you right back where you started. The old crowd is toxic for you. Remember the first three steps. Allow your life to take a new direction and give yourself time. You’re worth it.
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Read these five pages and learn what you need to know to spot drug addiction in: Yourself… Your Family… Your Friends… Your Community…The rest of the pages are there for your reference to explain important topics in more detail.
Finally don’t miss the Spiritual and 12-step sections to fully explore how understanding THE SPIRIT can lead to recovery!