You can’t do this: the program is too difficult; the treatments are too slow. An addiction is demanding release and you want only to yield — to offer yourself the substance you know so well. A relapse seems imminent.
It can still be stalled, however.
Those wishing to free themselves from the burden of addiction must seek rehabilitation centers, relying on counselors and physicians to find relief. Too often is that relief a timid thing, however, and reverting back to past ways seems far easier.
There are methods to decrease the chance of a relapse, though. Individuals must simply be willing to adjust their lifestyles and reexamine their routines:
One: Abstinence. Addiction is a disease. This could never be denied. Individuals must realize, however, that this illness only continues when they submit to their compulsions. Abstinence is therefore needed to ensure this doesn’t occur. Remove all traces of a substance; avoid all situations that could trigger the need for it; and seek out treatment programs as often as necessary when cravings begin.
Two: Relationships. Humanity isn’t defined by solitude. Why then would addiction be? Strong relationships — from family, friends and fellow recovering users — will help to lessen the chances of relapsing. Allow others to provide support, encouraging treatment and dissuading any attempts to falter. Be surrounded by positive influences only. Avoid any connections to those who don’t wish you to heal.
Three: Outlets. Much energy is offered to sustaining an addiction (hiding it, feeding it, ensuring that it’s satisfied). When treatment is sought, however, that energy can become too wild. Individuals will therefore need to channel it into productive outlets. Exercising, writing, painting, sports and more are all viable alternatives and will help to reduce the bevy of emotions.
A relapse doesn’t have to be a certainty. It can instead be denied — simply shape your life to better choices and better judgment.