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Drug Addiction – Coping and Support

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Coping with one’s drug addiction can be a lifetime process. The person suffering from drug addiction may utilize different coping strategies to make him stay on the path to recovery and normalcy of life. Some of the coping strategies are oftentimes used by rehab counselors to help their patients successfully treat their addiction.

One of the ways the recovering addict can do to stay sober is to control his emotions through logical thinking.  Drug addicts often seek recourse to drugs because of their emotional problems.

Another way to cope with drug addiction and avoid drug relapse is to avoid triggers to your addiction.  These can be objects, places and people which oftentimes stimulate your drug cravings. For a lot of addicts, the lack of knowledge of their triggers is what makes avoidance of them difficult. So during sessions of counselling, the rehab specialist uses strategies and procedures to identify the triggers of a patient’s addiction. Knowing these triggers can help the patent better manage his cravings for the rest of his life.

Oftentimes avoiding these triggers can be difficult. The addicted person may only have friends who are active addicts and may live in an area with high drug abuse activity. The addicted person also oftentimes is in bad financial standing that causes him to be extremely anxious and look for unhealthy ways to curb this anxiety. It is therefore important to modify a person’s lifestyle in order to avoid these triggers.

A recovering addict will find that the path to recovery is filled with moments of high anxiety, paranoia and other kinds of stressful states of emotion. Therefore it is important for that individual to learn to calm himself to help him avoid getting these emotions that may trigger drug cravings. The recovering addict can vent his troubles to a counselor, family or close friend, meditate or even pray to unload his mental stress and relax his mind. Exercises, passive or active ones can help the body and mind feel calm and relaxed.

One way to better manage one’s emotional and mental state is to regularly monitor them. In order to control drug cravings, the person may need to learn proper self-reflection techniques in order not to fall into relapse.

Continuous support from support groups and drug rehab centers is needed for a lot of recovering addicts who may not yet be strong enough to battle their addiction and cravings on their own.  It is good to know the there are rehab centers that offer various kinds of therapies like family therapy, group therapy and extra counselling for individuals who require extra assistance. Community support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous often invite addicts who underwent rehabilitation to join them and discuss about their ongoing experiences. In order to make their resolve much stronger many of them create accountability partnerships to make them more resilient to their addiction and make their lives more productive and meaningful.

Dominic Sembello, L.Ac., is board certified and licensed acupuncturist in Linwood, NJ.

Written by Valerie

October 18th, 2013 at 2:48 am

Posted in Acupuncture

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