Have Faith in Your Ability to Make a Change
The first step to recovery is recognizing that you have a problem and admitting that you need help. That is often much easier said than done. It is completely normal to feel conflicted. Trust that we know what you are going through and believe that with the right support system in place you can make a permanent change for the better.
You’ve taken the first step, which means you can truly overcome addiction and begin to live a healthier life. With that said, you shouldn’t have to go through the process alone. You need to work through detox with experienced professionals by your side in a safe environment. Do not give up on yourself.
Some simple steps you can take if you’re still having trouble thinking about change:
- List out your personal pros and cons to quitting, including the actual benefits and financial costs of continuing your drug habit
- Keep a journal that tracks your drug use, when you use a particular drug, and how much of it you use. This helps to put in perspective the scope of your drug addiction and the role it plays in your life.
- Take a look at everything your care about—your family, your friends, your hobbies, school, work, love life. Think about how drug abuse affects each of those things.
- Is there anything keeping you from changing your behaviors? Consider things that could help you change, whether it’s changing your environment or removing certain people from your friend group.
- Ask members of your support group how they feel about your drug use and how it affects them personally.