Prescription drug abuse is one of the most serious and rapidly growing medical problems currently facing the United States. Prescription drugs like opiates can be incredibly addictive and are fast becoming one of the most common preventable causes of death in the country. If you struggle with addiction and are looking for ways to maintain your sobriety, know that you are not alone and there are a number of things you can do to help you avoid relapsing. Here are five ways to divert yourself from the incredibly strong urges that may accompany prescription drug dependency.
- Do Not Miss Any Sessions of Therapy Often, a person may find that they attend therapy sessions or other treatment programs when they have first begun to work toward sobriety. When a person is newly recovering from addiction, it may be very clear that they have a severe problem and need immediate and frequent support from their therapist or support group. As time progresses, however, and an addict has spent some time abstaining from prescription drugs, the need to maintain regular therapy visits may not seem as pressing. The reality is, however, that addiction is a disease that a person is never truly cured of, and it is important to continue doing the work necessary to remain vigilant about doing the work necessary to stay safe and sober.
- Cultivate Alternative Methods of Dealing With Triggers Part of staying clean is recognizing that life brings with it a number of triggers. Stress, anger, sadness, and even happiness, can all be very strong triggers that can easily lead to relapse if they are not dealt with in an alternative way. Constantly work to seek out safe ways of dealing with triggers. For many addicts, this may mean exercise or spending time with supportive family members or fellow twelve step members.
- Make a Habit of Remaining Grateful for the Things You Have A big part of enjoying and appreciating sobriety is remaining mindful of the things in your life that you have because of the fact that you are clean and healthy. It can be easy to lose track of the things you have accomplished in sobriety, but making a habit of not taking things for granted may greatly increase your ability to stay sober because it will help remind you why it is you got sober in the first place. One way of doing this is to make weekly lists of the things you are glad you have in your life since being sober.
- Help Others Committing acts of kindness is a wonderful way for recovering addicts to stay in a mindset of continuing to be sober. Committing a selfless act is a way to increase your feelings of self worth as well as increasing your feelings of gratitude. There are often a number of ways that you may be able to help others in the addiction community. Seek out a newly recovered addict in your twelve step program and offer your support to them. There may be a number of other ways you can participate in the community at large that can be beneficial to you and those around you.
- Surround Yourself With Happy Healthy People The company you keep may have a profound impact on the degree to which you are able to maintain your sobriety. Avoid spending time with people who are actively using or those who often have a bad attitude or illicit negative feelings in you. Make it a priority to spend your time with other people who are actively working to stay healthy and drug free or those who support your own sobriety.